A worn-down Eisenhower wrestling squad couldn't fight off the visiting Union City Bears in a 45-29 loss on Thursday night at Eisenhower High School.
"We're beat up, beat down, injured, MIA-you name it," said Eisenhower head coach Kris Black. "We just can't seem to get a full lineup. You have to make do with what you've got, but right now we just have a lot of holes."
The match started off on a high note when Tim Lange overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to major his opponent, 10-2. After that, four straight pins and a loss all but put the Knights out of contention.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Warren freshman D.J. Fehlman battles for control with McDowell’s Nick Gibson during the 126-pound bout of Thursday’s wrestling match at Warren Area High School. Fehlman suffered a 6-2 setback in the Dragons’ 71-0 loss.
"Our new guys are doing a good job - They're still learning and it's just going to get better from here," said Black.
Jake Johnson would continue his recent string of dominance with a quick pin at 195 pounds to get the Knights back on track. But with Ike's regular 220 pounder, Jordan Hefferman, out of the lineup due to injury, the Knights were forced to forfeit the weight class.
Steve Haner would make quick work of his opponent with a 51-second pin at 106 pounds, followed by the Knights second forfeit of the night at 113.
The Knights would finish off strong, winning the final three matches of the night.
At 120 pounds, with seconds left and a 8-4 lead, Jeb Fedorchuk reversed his opponent to his back to squeeze out some extra points for the major decision, making the final score 12-4.
After handling his opponent 8-0 in the first period, Dylan Baker would stick his opponent in the second.
Levi Stanko would step out last for the Knights earning a hard fought decision, 1-0, over an opponent he lost to last year.
"That was the highlight of the night," said Black. "That was definitely a big win for him against a kid who beat him handily last year."
After a 0-0 first period, Union City chose down in an attempt to get the lead with an escape. Stanko would ride his opponent for the entire period to take it into the third, still locked up at 0-0. This time it was Stanko that chose down and he earned a fast escape and fought off his opponent for the 1-0 win.
The Knights will be back on the mat next week when they compete in the Warren Duals against county foes Warren and Youngsville.
Union City 45, Eisenhower 29
138: Tim Lange (E) maj. Jake Kolodziejczak, 10-2
145: Josh Reinke (U) p. Robbie Wilston, 1:43
152: Jared Brooks (U) p. Richard Knisley, 1:01
160: Stan Linstrom (U) p. Clay Coffaro, :39
170: Nick Tamcho (U) p. Cody Raines, :26
182:Tim Vargo (U) d. Trevor Spicer, 10-4
195: Jake Johnson (E) p. Sturgis Coulter, 1:10
220: Storm MacDonald (U) wbf.
285: Jeff Burger (U) p. Dylan Raines, 1:17
106: Steve Haner (E) p. Alisa Schwab, :51
113: Scott Steinrod (U) wbf.
120: Jeb Fedorchuk (E) maj. Dustin Tomcho, 12-4
126: Dylan Baker (E) p. Kevin Lindsey, 3:46
132: Levi Stanko (E) d. Tyler Lindsley, 1-0
Seneca 43, Youngsville 33
The Eagles lost a close Region 3 match to Seneca Wednesday night at Youngsville High School.
"We wrestled hard tonight, but we missed a few chances and they came through on some chances," said Youngsville coach Scott Ishman, whose Eagles are 2-2 in region. Seneca is 1-3. "It was just not our day, they had all the luck."
Chester Ciukaj got the Eagles off to a good start. He was up 4-3 at 120 pounds, with time ticking away in the third period, and kept Brad Nowakowski from taking him down. He escaped for another two points to give him the victory.
The next six matches would go to Seneca, as the Bobcats racked up four pins and two decisions.
The home team actually had a chance at 220 with the score tied at 27-27. Seneca's state medalist, Matt Mongera, who came into the season with 112 career victories, would end up pinning Jaykup Durlin in the third period.
After a forfeit by Youngsville and Seneca, Cyle Yaple sealed the victory by winning a 9-1 decision.
Seneca 43, Youngsville 33
120: Chester Ciukaj (Y) dec. Brad Nowakowski, 6-3
126: Judi Lewis (Y) wbf.
132: Kevin Pier (S) p. Chandler Flinn, 2:38
138: Hunter Proctor (Y) wbf.
145: Mitchell Wilcox (Y) wbf.
152: Dakota Braine (S) dec. Zach Ishman, 3-0
160: Joe Hibbley (S) p. Jeremy Lyon, 2:03
171: Josh Lewis (Y) wbf.
182: Trevor Beiter (S) p. Sage Sivak, 2:20
195: Brad Beiter (S) wbf.
220: Matt Mongera (S) p. Jaykup Durlin, 5:05
285: Stephen Beattie (Y) wbf.
106: Steven Stroup (S) wbf.
113: Cyle Yaple (S) dec. Aaron Hoover, 9-1
McDowell 71, Warren 0
One to forget.
The Warren wrestling team failed to record a single victory during a 71-0 thrashing at the hands of the McDowell Trojans Thursday at Warren Area High School.
"It goes without saying that we have some stuff to work on," said veteran Warren coach Glenn Baldensperger. "We have guys who are willing to put the work in and tomorrow I'll have 23 guys in the room working hard and trying to get better for next week."
Of the 14 individual bouts on Thursday, the Trojans recorded a pin, forfeit or technical fall in ten of them.
The Warren wrestlers to fall via decision were Robert Brown (4-0 at 285 pounds), D.J. Fehlman (6-2 at 126 pounds), Jonah Hordusky (9-4 at 132 pounds) and Drew Williams (12-10 at 152 pounds).
"Drew wrestled extremely hard in his match," said Baldensperger. "He is giving up about 10 pounds to his opponents and wrestled in the right frame of mind, giving himself a chance to win. D.J.'s opponent just won the King of the Hill Tournament in Erie and he wrestled a good, strong match against a quality opponent."
The loss drops the Dragons to 1-3 on the season. Warren entered the week with a 2-1 record overall, but was forced to forfeit a match against Corry for using an ineligible wrestler. Warren originally won that match 39-33, but the official result is now a forfeit win for the Beavers.
The Dragons did get a pair of junior varsity victories on Thursday. Kyle Shorts was an 8-7 winner at 113 pounds and Tony Molinaro earned a 15-11 decision win at 138 pounds.
Warren is back in action Wednesday, hosting the annual Warren Duals.
McDowell 71, Warren 0
285: Scott Augustine (M) d. Robert Brown (W), 4-0
106: Benji Yates (M) wbf.
113: Paul Dietz (M) p. Nate Park (W), 0:19
120: Coleman Cousins (M) p. Collin DeLattre (W), 2:27
126: Nick Gibson (M) d. D.J. Fehlman (W), 6-2
132: Noah Burkhart (M) d. Jonah Hordusky (W), 9-4
138: Shawn Spearman (M) p. Michael Card (W), 0:56
145: Cody Nolan (M) p. Garrett Smead (W), 1:24
152: Tyree Spearman (M) d. Drew Williams (W), 12-10
160: Jimmy Paulson (M) p. Steven Kibbey (W), 1:37
170: Anthony Forne (M) p. Dan Henry (W), 0:40
182: Khalique Harris (M) p. Chris McNeal (W), 3:08
195: Andrew Bradley (M) p. Alex Streich (W), 0:37
220: Luke Dehart (M) tf. Mike Crone (W), 24-9, 5:05
Junior varsity matches
Nate Mosier (M) p. Bailey Pratt (W), 3:32
Kyle Shorts (W) d. Matt Reim (M), 8-7
Tony Molinaro (W) d. Dean Salameh (M), 15-11
Kyle Waters (M) p. Hunter Mohney (W), 3:48