WRESTLING: Sheffield extends wrestling wins record

If the District 9 Class AA Wrestling Tournament serves as icing on the cake for the Sheffield wrestling team, the cake sure tasted pretty good.

The Wolverines won yet again on Thursday in their regular-season finale, 45-36, over Coudersport on Senior Night at Sheffield High School.

That extends the school record for team wins in a season to 14, a record Sheffield head coach Jack Rice said the group didn’t even have on its radar at the beginning of the season.

“They achieved the goal of matching and beating the school record,” said Rice, whose Wolverines are 14-9 overall in dual matches. “They pretty much decimated the record. I’m pretty proud of them.

“As far as what’s next, I’m not real sure,” said Rice, whose Wolverines won seven matches last year. “District 9 is a pretty tough district, especially at the lower weights… but there’s an opportunity for a few guys to get out (and qualify for regions).”

The D-9 Class AA Championships are Feb. 22 and 23 at Clarion University.

In the meantime, there were a few heros on Thursday – none bigger than sophomore Steven Gregerson, whose second-period pin over Jeremy Sedorchuk at 160 pounds was the turning point in the match and Rice thinks stunned Coudy.

“That was the difference in the match,” said Rice. “Steven, hands down, was the wrestler of the match. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Coudy had pinned three straight Sheffield wrestlers on Senior Night after Brandon Johnston’s tough 4-1 decision over Nick Ragosta at 126 pounds and Jason Rulander’s pin at 132 started the match for Sheffield.

Sheffield would grab five forfeit wins over the last six weight classes, but Gregerson’s pin was the difference in scoring.

On Senior Night, Jason Rulander, Colin Maines and Adam Barr saw action, and Dakota Schooler saw time on the mat.

“I really haven’t been with a team with this much character,” said Rice, whose Wolverines won three dual matches in a row and five of their last six matches.

Sheffield 45, Coudersport 36

126: Brandon Johnson (S) dec. Nick Ragosta, 4-1

132: Jason Rulander (S) p. Dustin VanPelt, 1:21

138: Cody Bova (C) p. Dakota Schooler, 1:35

145: Ben Ragosta (C) p. Adam Barr 1:41

152: Kyle Bova (C) p. Colin Maines, :21

160: Steven Gregerson (S) p. Jeremy Sedorchuk, 3:21

170: Nick Ayers (C) p. Cody Anderson, 1:18

182: Forest Tuttle (C) wbf.

195: Dylan Straw (S) wbf.

220: Tyler Bertin (S) wbf.

285: Kyle Clay (C) p. Jeremy Ehrgott, 2:32

106: Tanner Barr (S) wbf.

113: Kyle Holden (S) wbf.

120: Ricky Prosen (S) wbf.