WRESTLING: Starting strong: Dragons, Eagles win wrestling openers

Youngsville started its dual-meet schedule on the right foot Tuesday night, defeating visiting North East, 45-35, in a Region 3 match at Youngsville High School.

The Eagles took advantage of four forfeits courtesy of the Grapepickers, and received pins from Aaron Hoover, Jeremy Lyon, and Jaykup Durlin to begin the year in the win column.

“We still have some defensive stuff we need to work on, but all in all I thought the kids did well,” said Youngsville coach Scott Ishman. “Nate (Lehman) really came through for the team with a great match at 106. He’s been working hard, and I knew he’d get that win. He’s that kind of kid.”

Lehman earned a 6-4 decision in overtime over North East’s Andrew Brenden to crush any hopes the visitors may have had of a comeback. The freshman held a 4-2 lead in the third before surrendering a pair of points to his opponent, but came back to score a takedown in the extra period to secure the win.

Hoover earned his pin over Austin Lutz with just seven seconds left in the third period at 145. Lyon pinned Kodi Skarzenski in the second period of the 170-pound match, and Durlin bumped up to heavyweight to pin Jeff Kraemer in 1:17.

Hayden Victor, Chester Ciukaj, Tanner Burns, and Stone Sivak were winners by forfeit for Youngsville.

The Eagles will look for win number two as a team on Thursday, when they visit county rival Eisenhower for a Region 3 match-up.

Youngsville 45, North East 35

120: Victor (Y) wbf.

126: Gray (N) p. Flinn (Y), 0:47

132: Ciukaj (Y) wbf.

138: Burns (Y) wbf.

145: Hoover (Y) p. Lutz (N), 5:53

152: Williams (N) p. Wilcox (Y), 3:58

160: Gregory (N) p. Ishman (Y), 3:14

170: Lyon (Y) p. Skarzenski (N), 3:50

182: Bryan (N) wbf.

195: Sivak (Y) wbf.

220: Phelps (N) p. Spear (Y), 0:34

285: Durlin (Y) p. Kraemer (N), 1:17

106: Lehman (Y) d. Brenden (N), 6-4

113: Sevetz (N) t. Melquist (Y), 17-1

Warren 44, Meadville 19

Warren began it’s new wrestling season with a big victory over Region 4-rival Meadville, 44-19, on Tuesday at Warren Area High School.

“I wasn’t quite sure what we’d have tonight, starting six freshmen,” Warren coach Glenn Baldensperger said. “I’m really pleased with the result. Meadville went 4-1 over the weekend.”

The inexperience in the Dragons’ lineup didn’t make much of a difference, as they quickly rushed out to a 21-0 lead.

Alex Streich led things off at 220 pounds with a thrilling 5-4 decision in the third overtime period. Solomon Gross (Heavyweight) and Alex Weston (106) followed that up with consecutive pins before Jake Engstrom (113) won by forfeit.

“Alex Streich won a tough match to start out with,” Baldensperger said. “Gross moved from 220 to heavyweight and won his match. Alex Weston showed some first night jitters but went out there and got it done.”

After the Bulldogs recorded a pin and a major decision to cut the Warren lead to 21-10, DJ Fehlman (132) scored a 17-5 major decision and Collin Delattre (138) followed with a 6-4 decision of his own.

The Dragons would clinch a victory after decisions by Brett Cummings (152) and Garrett Smead (160). Derek Reagle (182) and Cody Gunn (195) added a decision and pin, respectively, in the final two matchups.

“I thought Brett Cummings had one of the bigger wins of the night,” Baldensperger said. “And Reagle and Gunn each moved up a class.”

The Dragons (1-0) will travel to Cathedral Prep on Thursday.

Warren 44, Meadville 19

220: Streich (W) d. Carr (M), 5-4, 3 OT

HWT: Gross (W) p. Wessel (M), 0:38

106: Weston (W) p. Costa (M), 1:52

113: Engstrom (W) wbf.

120: Ehrgott (M) p. Ristau (W), 5:08

126: Luben (M) md. Desimone (W), 9-1

132: Fehlman (W) md. Ridgeway (M), 17-5

138: Delattre (W) d. Nottingham (M), 6-4

145: Longstretch (M) d. Johnson (W), 8-7

152: Cummings (W) d. Owens (M), 10-4

160: Smead (W) d. Adams (M), 6-3

170: Crawford (M), p. Henry (W), 0:48

182: Reagle (W), md. DeMaison (M), 11-2

195: Gunn (W) p. Turn (M), 3:10

Junior varsity matches

Antoniou (W) p. 0:53

Park (W) p. 3:06

Egger (W) p. 4:41

Rickerson (W) p. 0:47

Himes (W) p. 0:39

Crone (W) p. 0:19

Corry 39, Eisenhower 35

Eisenhower opened its regular dual matches at home with a close loss against Corry Tuesday night at Eisenhower High School.

Both teams picked up points from forfeits, but it was Corry’s four pins that pushed the Beavers over the top in the 39-35 Region 3 final. John Hummel and Levi Stanko picked up pins in their matches for Eisenhower, while Cade Hefferman’s 17-2 technical fall gave the team their final five points of the night.

Despite the loss, Eisenhower coach Greg Gourley is pleased with his team’s effort after their showing at the Kick-Off Tournament on Saturday.

“I think tonight the team looked in a lot better shape,” said Gourley. “They came out here and gave it their all. I thought it would be a little closer than it was, but overall I thought it was great.”

Like Saturday, Eisenhower’s new wrestlers are making a positive impact on the team.

“Overall, the whole team wrestled well, even my new guys. They stepped up to the plate tonight and I’m really pleased with them,” said Gourley.

Gourley says it’s not the big things his team needs to work on before taking on county-rival Youngsville Thursday night at home.

“It’s small stuff. We made a lot of stupid mistakes tonight and it ended up costing us in the end,” said Gourley.

Corry 39, Eisenhower 35

182: Hummel (E) p. Anderson (C), 1:07

195: Vargo (C) d. Brendlinger (E), 9-4

220: Suydan (C) p. LaBarr (E), :03

285: Peters (C) wbf.

106: Munsee (C) wbf.

113: Curtis (C) p. Repke (E), 2:30

120: Munsee (C) p. Colwell (E), 5:50

126: Haner (E) wbf.

132: Hammond (C) p. Gourley (E), 1:50

138: Gourley (E) d. May (C), 10-5

145: Stanko (E) p. Silka (C), 1:51

152: Head (E) wbf.

160: Wilston (E) d. Precha (C), 16-11

170: Hefferman (E) tf. Thomas (C), 17-2

Kane 59, Sheffield 18

KANE – Ricky Prosen and Doug Grubbs had Sheffield’s only two wins on the mat – both pins – on Tuesday in a District 9 defeat in the Wolverines’ dual meet opener. No other details were reported.