Give and take: Dragons rout East, Knights earn first win, Eagles suffer region loss
In high school wrestling, there are 84 possible points up for grabs between two teams when all 14 weight classes compete. When one match isn’t wrestled, the total drops to 78. Thursday night at Warren Area High School, the Dragons shut out visiting Erie East by a score of 75-0.
It was a school-record margin of victory and the highest total for a Warren team since 2004, when the Dragons defeated Erie Central, 78-6.
After six forfeits, Warren only needed one more pin on top of the six they already had to top out the scoreboard.
“They’re staying solid on their feet,” Warren assistant coach Tony Smead said. “They’re moving the right way. We’ve been working a lot of refreshing pin combinations. They’re going back old school and doing what we need to do.”
A 7-5 decision for Derek Reagle against Tishar Moss at 182 put the Dragons up 3-0 to start the match.
Solomon Gross expected to have a forfeit, but ended up picking up Warren’s first pin of the night at heavyweight, and the ball kept rolling from there.
“He came out motivated and put everything together he’s been doing in practice,” said Smead.
Gross’ victory sparked a rally that included pins from Nick DeSimone (126), D.J. Fehlman (132), Seth Johnson (145), Nate Park (152), and Dan Henry (170).
Stephen Crone, Alex Streich, Alex Westin, Blake Ristau, Collin DeLattre, and Garrett Smead received forfeit wins for Warren (2-1).
Warren heads out for the STOWA Tournament on Saturday.
“This was a good match, a good warmup for STOWA,” Smead said. “It’s going to be a tough tournament. The kids have really wrestled well in the room.”
Warren 75, East 0
182: Reagle (W) dec. Moss (E), 7-5
195: Crone (W) wbf.
220: Streich (W) wbf.
285: Gross (W) p. Murel (E), 3:41
106: Westin (W) wbf.
113: No match
120: Ristau (W) wbf.
126: DeSimone (W) p. Baeza (E), 4:52
132: Fehlman (W) p. Brown (E), 0:39
138: DeLattre (W) wbf.
145: Johnson (W) p. Cruz (E), 1:22
152: Park (W) p. Roberts (E), 1:46
160: Smead (W) wbf.
170: Henry (W) p. Hammerman (E), 2:00
Fort LeBoeuf 57, Youngsville 21
Youngsville fell to 2-2 on the year with a 57-21 loss at home Thursday night against Fort LeBoeuf.
“We knew we were going to wrestle a really good, solid team,” Youngsville coach Scott Ishman said. “It’s no secret that Fort LeBoeuf is tough.”
The visitors picked up wins in the first five matches of the night until Youngsville’s Chester Ciukaj stopped the bleeding at 132.
Youngsville freshman Austin Spear (220) closed out the night with a pin at 1:12. Youngsville’s other pins came from seniors Zach Ishman (160) and Jeremy Lyon (170), with Ciukaj picking up a 3-2 decision. Jaykup Durlin dropped his match in double overtime.
“Spear did really well,” Ishman said. “I’m proud of him.”
Ishman is happy with the effort his team put in. “They were good wins against Fort LeBoeuf. We want to wrestle hard and win matches. We’ve got some work to do, but the kids wrestled well and battled hard.”
Youngsville is off for the holidays until the Warren Team Duals Dec. 27.
Fort Leboeuf 57, Youngsville 21
285: Conti (F) dec. Durlin, 2-1
106: Guarilleo (F) p. Lehman, 4:55
113: Bengal (F) p. Melquist, 1:21
120: Borgia (F) p. Victor, 1:08
126: Kuzma (F) p. Flinn, 5:20
132: Ciukaj (Y) dec. Newell, 3-2
138: Pillar (F) p. Burns, 5:23
145: McGuire (F) p. Hoover, :29
152: Malinowski (F) p. Wilcox, 1:15
160: Ishman (Y) p. Lathrop, 1:19
170: Lyon (Y) p. Reinwald :47
182: Rivera (F) inj def Sivak, 6:00
195: Reinwald (F) wbf.
220: Spear (Y) p. Alexander, 1:12
Eisenhower 37, Union City 27
Eisenhower earned its first victory of the season on the mat over visiting Union City Thursday night at Eisenhower High School with a final score of 37-27.
Coach Greg Gourley was ecstatic to see a new “fired up” performance and the first win of the season thus far in dual-meets. Ike started strong with a major decision forced by Rob Wilson at 160 and a pin from John Hummel at 170. The remainder of the matches proved to be closely fought, ending usually with a pin from either side.
With a few forfeits from both the Bears and Knights, the meet was nearly even until Eisenhower returned in the last two matches to win with decisions from both Tyler Gourley (138) and Levi Stanko (145). Other Knights to pick up pins included Steven Haner (126) and Alex Wolcott (132).
Returning from an away loss at Fort Leboeuf, Coach Gourley was very satisfied with his team’s performance. He says, “We have gone through much improvement. It was a very close meet and we won the few close ones.” These close victories did make the difference for the Knights, bettering their season record to 1-3. The Knights will be back in action Jan. 2 at Harbor Creek.
Eisenhower 37, Union City 27
160: Wilston (E) m. Burgess (U), 15-5
170: Hummel (E) p. Oe (U)
182: Kent (U) wbf
195: Brenlinger (E) wbf
220: McDonald (U) p. LaBarr (E)
285: Proper (U) p. McNutt (E)
106: No Match
113: No Match
120: Jones (U) wbf
126: Haner (E) p. Wielacher (U)
132: Wolcott (E) p. Adams (U)
138: Gourley (E) d. Mattucks (U), 9-4
145: Stanko (E) d. Tamcho (U), 6-2
152: Head (E) wbf