WRESTLING: Ike’s Night: Knights top Iroquois for region win; Dragons, Eagles run into tough visitors

The Knights received five forfeits, and won all but two matches on the mat, as they rolled to a 53-14 Region 4 victory over Iroquois Monday night at Eisenhower High School.

Robbie Wilston, Graham Johnson, and Louie Head all earned pins for the Knights, and Jeb Fedorchuk wrestled to a major decision win over Iroquois’ Seth Cowen as the Knights improve to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in Region 3.

“It was pretty much what we expected,” said Eisenhower coach Kiel Woodburn. “We have a few guys who can have a great second half if they continue to work hard.”

Steven Haner, Cade Hefferman, Jake Johnson, Hunter Keppel, and Dylan Raines all received forfeit wins for the Knights over Iroquois (0-7 in the region).

Eisenhower will next be in action at the North East Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

Eisenhower 53, Iroquois 14

120: Steven Haner (E) wbf.

126: Jeb Fedorchuk (E) m. Kunzing (I), 12-2

132: Graham Johnson (E) p. Cowen (I), 5:52

138: Laniewicz (I) d. Tyler Gourley (E), 3-0

145: Louie Head (E) p. Kruize (I), 1:45

152: Robbie Wilston (E) p. Julius (I), 2:25

160: No match

170: Kightlinger (I) wbf.

182: Cade Hefferman (E) wbf.

195: Jake Johnson (E) wbf.

220: Hunter Keppel (E) wbf.

285: Dylan Raines (E) wbf.

106: No match

113: Fachetti (I) t. Julian Caldwell, 18-3

GM 63, Warren 3

Two big stories came from Wednesday night’s wrestling match between Warren and General McLane – and neither was particularly good news for the host Dragons.

First, the Lancers – District 10’s top ranked Class AAA team, according to Rob Coleman’s weekly rankings – handed the Dragons a 68-3 thrashing. Second, the match featured the first loss of the season for Warren standout sophomore 126-pounder D.J. Fehlman.

“McLane is extremely solid from top to bottom,” said Warren coach Glenn Baldensperger. “We had some bright spots, but you need a lot of them to keep up with a team like McLane.”

McLane jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead on the strength of a Joe Wheeling pin at 106 pounds and a forfeit at 113 pounds. The Dragons’ lone win of the night would come at 120 pounds where Seth Johnson squared off with the Lancers’ Jordan Meyer.

Johnson fell behind early, but quickly tied the match and used back points to build a 7-2 lead. An escape and takedown by Meyer closed the gap to 7-5, but Johnson showed grit and held off a late Meyer charge for the decision victory.

“Seth wrestled a very smart match,” said Baldensperger. “He looked great out there tonight.”

Perhaps the most anticipated bout of the evening came at 126 pounds where District 10 Class AAA’s top-ranked wrestler, Fehlman, squared off with the district’s second-ranked wrestler Keller Watkins.

Fehlman, who battled the flu for much of the first part of the week, executed a beautiful fireman’s carry in the opening period to take a 2-0 lead. That 2-0 edge would hold through the end of the opening two minutes.

In the second period, Fehlman chose the down position and Watkins went to work on trying to put Fehlman on his back. The majority of the second period produced little action and Watkins was warned for stalling late in the period.

Action picked up in the third where Fehlman clung to his 2-0 lead for the first half of the period. With 45 seconds remaining, Watkins scored on a reversal to tie the match and later scored two back points with 20 seconds remaining on the clock.

Fehlman was unable to mount any type of late match charge and Watkins earned three additional back points as the match came to a close, earning the 7-2 victory. With the loss, Fehlman dropped to 20-1 on the season.

The remaining 10 matches of the night would be dominated by the visitors. Of the 10 bouts, only three of them were wrestled the entire three periods with the Lancers earning six pins, three major decisions and a technical fall.

McLane’s dominance should come as little surprise.

The Lancers currently have 13 wrestlers ranked among the top four in District 10 Class AAA and seven of those are ranked number one – likely eight after Watkins’ victory.

The Dragons (12-5) will try to rebound from the one-sided loss Wednesday when they visit Strong Vincent.

General McLane 68, Warren 3

106: Joe Wheeling (G) p. Glyn Mahood (W), 1:43

113: Brandon Fuller (G) wbf.

120: Seth Johnson (W) d. Jordan Meyer (G), 7-5

126: Keller Watkins (G) d. D.J. Fehlman (W), 7-2

132: Deane Twitchell (G) md. Jason Peterson (W), 13-2

138: Ken Stoll (G) md. Jonah Hordusky (W), 12-1

145: Kyle Sult (G) p. Michael Card (W), 2:31

152: Mike Sutton (G) tf. Garrett Smead (W), 16-1, 4:25

160: Ossie Bowers (G) p. Cody Gunn (W), 1:13

170: Tyler Hendricks (G) p. Derek Reagle (W), 1:20

182: Chris Laird (G) md. Chris McNeal (W), 10-2

195: Jake Baker (G) p. Dan Henry (W), 2:47

220: Ian Mallory (G) p. Alex Streich (W), 1:47

285: Kendrick Storm-Bailey (G) p. Kevin Barsness (W), 1:19

Seneca 54, Youngsville 27

After a week off, Youngsville returned to the mat on Wednesday night, falling to Seneca, 54-27, at Youngsville High School.

The Eagles, wearing throwback singlets from 1989, got off to a strong start with Jeremy Lyon (170) and Stone Sivak (182) winning by forfeit, and Jaykup Durlin (220) winning via pin. Austin Slocum (heavyweight) also won with a 5-2 decision.

The Bobcats answered back with a strong second half, featuring five pins and several forfeits. Cyle Yaple (120), ranked third in District 10 at 120 pounds, led the way with a pin of Chester Ciukaj.

Zach Ishman (160) was the only other Eagle to get a victory, winning by forfeit.

“They (Seneca) are a real tough team. They’ve got a big, tough group,” Youngsville coach Scott Ishman said. “Our kids wrestled hard and wrestled with intensity. We’ve been off for over a week, so I’m happy with the way we came out. We’re still climbing the ladder, still peaking.”

The Eagles (1-9 overall, 0-6 in Region 3) won’t have to wait long to get back in action, as they travel to the Burgettstown Tournament this weekend.

Seneca 54, Youngsville 27

170: Jeremy Lyon (Y) wbf

182: Stone Sivak (Y) wbf

195: Trevor Beiter (S) wbf

220: Jaykup Durlin (Y) p Tony Pusateri, 1:48

HW: Austin Slocum (Y) d Kamron Brace, 5-2

106: Tyler Nowakawski (S) p. Hayden Victor, :53

113: Brad Nowakawski (S) wbf

120: Cyle Yaple (S) p Chester Ciukaj, 5:17

126: Steve Stroup (S) p Chandler Flinn, 1:45

132: Chris Hibbler (S) p Aaron Hoover, 2:40

138: Adam Fish (S) wbf

145: Kevin Pirr (S) p Wyatt Johnson, 1:22

152: Dakota Braine (S) p Kris Wilcox, 3:40

160: Zach Ishman (Y) wbf