WRESTLING: Ike freshman Colwell ‘highlight of the night’

Eisenhower freshman Julian Colwell picked a great time for his first varsity victory.

Knowing his team would receive a forfeit at 113 pounds, Colwell needed to find a way to win his 106-pound bout. If he didn’t, it was simple – the Knights would lose.

Colwell wrestled Cambridge Springs’ Jake Coon into overtime and executed a takedown right before the final buzzer, winning a 6-4 thriller and allowing the Knights to close their dual match schedule with a 36-34 victory over the Blue Devils at Eisenhower High School.

“Certainly the highlight of the night,” said Ike coach Kiel Woodburn. “Here’s a freshman whose been sick all week and he goes out there and wins his first match of the season. If he doesn’t win, the team doesn’t win. What a special moment for him and a great way to end the team season.”

Ike won the match to finish 8-6 despite giving the Blue Devils five forfeits while receiving just one in return.

Things started quite well for the hosts as the Knights won the first three matches of the night, jumping out to a 15-0 lead. Steven Haner started things with a 15-3 major decision win at 120 pounds, Jeb Fedorchuk followed with a technical fall win at 126 pounds and Graham Johnson needed just 20 seconds to log the pin at 132 pounds.

At 138 pounds, the Blue Devils got their first win with Zack Greer topping Tyler Gourley, 12-3. Still, Woodburn said the outcome of Gourley’s match was crucial to the team win.

“Tyler wrestled one of their best kids and did a great job to not get pinned or tech falled,” said Woodburn. “Those were very important points that we needed to win.”

The Knights got back on the winning track at 145 pounds where Louie Head pinned James Kreikraft in the first period. Rob Wilston followed that up with a 7-4 decision win, giving the Knights a 24-4 lead.

Cambridge Springs worked their way back into the match without breaking a sweat, winning all matches between 160 and 182 pounds via forfeit. With the score now 24-22, Jake Johnson earned three team points for Ike with a close 5-4 victory over Zack Stafford.

The Blue Devils took a 34-27 lead with forfeit wins at 220 and 285 pounds before Colwell took the mat, needed any form of a win to allow the Knights to pull ahead after the six point forfeit in the final weight class of the night – 113 pounds.

Colwell and Coon wrestled to a 4-4 tie through regulation and the Knights freshman scored the winning takedown with time ticking down in the overtime to period. The three points made it 34-30 Blue Devils and ensured the Knights would pull ahead with Alex Wolcott’s win at 113 pounds.

The Knights are off until February 15-16 when they begin the wrestling postseason at the District 10 Section 1-AA Tournament at Union City High School.

Eisenhower 36, Cambridge Springs 34

120: Steven Haner (E) md. David Schwab (C), 15-3

126: Jeb Fedorchuk (E) tf. Chris Ryan (C), 16-1

132: Graham Johnson (E) p. Archille Loop (C), 0:20

138: Zack Greer (C) md. Tyler Gourley (E), 12-3

145: Louie Head (E) p. James Kreikraft (C), 1:28

152: Rob Wilston d. Cody Ryan (C), 7-4

160: Colton Noble (C) wbf.

170: Hunter Cox (C) wbf.

182: Elliott Johnson (C) wbf.

195: Jake Johnson (E) d. Zack Stafford (C), 5-4

220: Joshua Ebright (C) wbf.

285: Blaine Wolfson (C) wbf.

106: Julian Colwell (E) d. Jake Coon (C), 6-4, OT

113: Alex Wolcott (E) wbf.

Maplewood 40, Youngsville 24

GUYS MILLS – Youngsville wrestled Maplewood closer than the final score appeared, but ultimately came out on the losing end of a 40-24 decision Thursday at Maplewood High School.

“We just needed a couple of matches to go our way and that didn’t happen tonight,” said Eagles coach Scott Ishman. “I think the final score doesn’t tell how close the match was. We have some stuff to work on and not a lot of time to get it done with the postseason starting next week.”

Despite the loss, the Eagles did have strong victories on Thursday, including pinfall wins from 126-pounder Chandler Flinn, 160-pounder Zach Ishman and 220-pounder Jaykup Durlin.

Flinn decked Maplewood’s Brandon Mortow with just 12 seconds remaining in the second period. At 160 pounds, Ishman pinned Josh Kochen in 2:48 while Durlin needed just under one period to pin Austin Binkert to the mat.

The final victory of the night came from 106-pounder Hayden Victor who received a forfeit.

Youngsville finishes its dual season 4-12 and has a possible makeup with Saegertown remaining on its schedule. The match may not be made up. All Eagles will compete at the District 10 Section 1-AA Tournament scheduled for February 15-16 at Union City High School.

Maplewood 40, Youngsville 24

106: Hayden Victor (Y) wbf.

113: David Marvin (M) wbf.

120: Dan Zimmerman (M) md. Chester Ciukaj (Y), 14-6

126: Chandler Flinn (Y) p. Brandon Mortow (M), 3:48

132: No match

138: Zack Dennis (M) d. Aaron Hoover (Y), 9-3

145: Jeremy Parsons (M) p. Tristan Gibson (Y), 1:43

152: Bodie McClinton (M) p. Kris Wilcox (Y), 1:30

160: Zach Ishman (Y) p. Josh Kochen (M), 2:48

170: Jacob Parsons (M) d. Jeremy Lyon (Y), 4-0

182: Isaiah Stearns (M) p. Stone Sivak (Y), 3:20

195: No match

220: Jaykup Durlin (Y) p. Austin Binkert (M), 1:45

285: Tim Galford (M) p. Austin Slocum (Y), 4:23