Curwensville wrestling upends Clarion, 52-24|
Friday, February 8, 2013
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
CURWENSVILLE - The Curwensville wrestling team picked up a 52-24 win over visiting Clarion on Thursday night.
The Tide picked up five forfeits, four major decisions and a fall, while the Bobcats garnered three of their wins by pin and the final one by forfeit.
"It was nice to get a win," said Curwensville head coach Duane Wriglesworth. "We haven't had a win in awhile. I think Ridgway was our last win.
"I saw a lot of good things from our kids tonight. We keep working everyday. I saw some kids trying different things and working on some moves. We've been working on things in the room, and you could see it tonight."
The match started at 120, where Curwensville's Tyler Mays led 8-3 after one period. The Tide grappler added three nearfall points in the third period to pick up the bonus point in an 11-3 victory over Adrian Weber.
"Mays is looking better on his feet," Wriglesworth said. "He is taking guys down and letting them up. He was trying to get a lead in the first period. I'm really happy with what he is doing there."
Teammate Jake Lancaster followed up with a major of his own, downing Riley Gunter, 16-4. Lancaster turned Gunter three different times for nearfall points, while adding two takedowns, a reversal and an escape.
"Jake Lancaster impresses me every day," said Wriglesworth. "He is one of those types of kids that show sheer determination in his execution. When he decides he is going to execute a move, he goes through with it. I'm really happy with what he is doing now."
Brandon Sass added the team's third major decision, giving the Tide a 12-0 lead when he toppled Leo Aiello, 21-8.
Sass took Aiello down twice and let him up to start the match. Aiello then took down Sass, who eventually escaped before being taken down again.
This time, Sass reversed Aiello and got two nearfall points just before the end of the first. Sass added five points in the second and another seven points in the third to set the final.
"Brandon Sass is looking good on his feet," Wriglesworth said. "He is taking guys down and letting them up. That's an area we really worked on was in the neutral position. We really got taken down at the Fred Bell Tournament in Grove City. We are seeing a lot of improvement there."
Clarion got its first win of the night when Jacob Troutman pinned Shawn Ebersole in 19 seconds. That cut the Tide's lead to 12-6.
But Curwensville got the points right back at 145, where Pat Shearer got a forfeit win.
At 152, Trey McKenzie faced off against Addison Hawkins, scoring the fall in 5:57. McKenzie led 12-2 and had Hawkins on his back 30 seconds into the third period, but needed almost a minute and a half to get the fall.
"McKenzie was trying different set ups and different shots," said Wriglesworth. "He looked good."
Curwensville increased its lead t0 42-6 when Dakota Royer, Nate Wriglesworth and Austin Pollick all received forfeits.
The Tide forfeited at 195 to the Bobcats Zach Sintobin, putting the score at 42-12 with four matches left to wrestle.
The Bobcats got another fall at 220, as Andrew Bigley toppled A.J. Bloom in 1:14.
Curwensville bumped Ricky Magnuson to heavyweight to face off against a much bigger Zach Huet.
But Magnuson was up for the challenge, breaking out to a 7-0 lead before winning by major decision, 12-4.
"Ricky Magnuson wrestled a kid that outweighed him tonight," said Wriglesworth. "The kid kept trying to throw a headlock and Ricky countered it. We worked on that in the room.
"He had good pressure on top. We've been working on that, because it looks like he may be our heavyweight. I don't know if (Brad) Stubbs will be back."
Clarion's Caleb Bailey got a pin at 106 in 3:12 before Sam Bressler had his hand raised to set the final at 52-24.
"I think we dominated up and down the lineup from match to match," said Wriglesworth.
Curwensville improved to 7-11 with the win. The Tide host Cameron County on Tuesday.
Clarion dropped to 3-16.
120-Tyler Mays, C, maj. dec. Adrian Weber, Cl, 11-3. (4-0).
126-Jake Lancaster, C, maj. dec. Riley Gunter, Cl, 16-4. (8-0).
132-Brandon Sass, C, maj. dec. Leo Aiello, Cl, 21-8. (12-0).
138-Jacob Troutman, Cl, pinned Shawn Ebersole, C, :19. (12-6).
145-Pat Shearer, C, won by forfeit. (18-6).
152-Trey McKenzie, C, pinned Addison Hawkins, Cl, 5:57. (24-6).
160-Dakota Royer, C, won by forfeit. (30-6).
170-Nate Wriglesworth, C, won by forfeit. (36-6).
182-Austin Pollick, C, won by forfeit. (42-6).
195-Zach Sintobin, Cl, won by forfeit. (42-12).
220-Andrew Bigley, Cl, pinned A.J. Bloom, 1:14. (42-18).
285-Ricky Magnuson, C, maj. dec. Zach Huet, Cl, 12-4. (46-18).
106-Caleb Bailey, Cl, pinned Jason Koptchak, C, 3:12. (46-24).
113-Sam Bressler, C, won by forfeit. (52-24).