Eisenhower impressive from start to finish in win over county rival Youngsville

Eisenhower’s Sam Holt picks up Youngsville’s Mikhyel Fehlman during their 145-pound match at Eisenhower High School, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Holt pinned Fehlman in 3:25 to help lead the Knights to a 71-10 win.

Youngsville opened with a major decision and closed with a quick pin, but everything in between went Eisenhower’s way as the host Knights toppled their cross-county rival, 71-10, Thursday.

Eisenhower won six of the seven contested matches via pinfall.

“These county rivalries are important,” Eisenhower coach Kris Black said. “I give their guys a lot of credit. They come out and go after it.”

The match opened with Youngsville’s Mason Benjamin squaring off against Joseph Bauer at 285 pounds. Bauer got the first takedown of the match early in the first period, but Benjamin was able to escape. Benjamin closed the period with a take down and near fall to gain a 6-2 advantage heading to the second. Benjamin controlled for most of the second, led 8-3 going to the third and added another near fall in the third to gain an 11-3 major decision.

“Bauer wrestled tough,” Black said. “To give up that much weight (Bauer typically wrestles at 220) against an agile kid is tough.”

Youngsville’s Mason Benjamin flips Eisenhower’s Joseph Bauer to gain control during their 285-pound match at Eisenhower High School, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Benjamin earned a major decision, but the Knights toppled the Eagles, 71-10.

Easton Hedman started Eisenhower’s string of victories with a 19-2 tech fall over Collin Clough at 106 and Logan Jaquay needed just 1:48 to deck Dustin Phelps at 113. The Knights picked up a pair of forfeits at 120 and 126 pounds before stringing together four straight pins.

Josh Bortz got things started at 132, putting down Devin Snyder in 37 seconds. Nate Holt downed Alex Green in 3:05 at 138, while 145-pounder Sam Holt needed 3:25 to put Mikhyle Fehlman’s shoulders to the mat and Spencer Head decked Aaron Morris in 3:48 at 152.

“We’re a young team,” said Youngsville coach Paul Clough. “We’ve got a lot of things to work on. We’re just trying to correct the little mistakes.”

Eisenhower added three more forfeit wins to its total at 160, 170 and 182. At 195, Matt Huling needed just 25 seconds to earn a pinfall over Sam Hoover.

Youngsville’s Allen Evans earned a bit of revenge in the 220-pound contest. Brandon Gourley defeated Evans during the Eisenhower JV tournament a couple weeks ago. This time, Evens wasted little time, putting Gourley on his back in 48 seconds.

“It was nice to get that win,” Clough said.

The Knights will have a break now until after the new year.

“It’s nice to take this momentum into the break,” Black said. “We’ll have some time to go over things and work on getting better.”

The Eagles, meanwhile, will participate in the Coudersport dual tournament

“We’re trying to get better and keep improving,” Clough said. “Hopefully, we can be stronger in the second half of the season.”

285: Mason Benjamin (Y) maj. dec. Joseph Bauer, 11-3

106: Easton Hedman (E) tech fall Collin Clough, 19-2

113: Logan Jaquay (E) pin Dustin Phelps, 1:48

120: Jake Williams (E) via forfeit

126: Thomas Anderson (E) via forfeit

132: Josh Bortz (E) pin Devin Snyder, :37

138: Nate Holt (E) pin Alex Green, 3:05

145: Sam Holt (E) pin Mikhyle Fehlman, 3:25

152: Spencer Head (E) pin Aaron Morris, 3:46

160: Garrett Head (E) via forfeit

170: Ethan Chambers (E) via forfeit

182: Justin Hagberg (E) via forfeit

195: Matt Huling (E) pin Sam Hoover, :25

220: Allen Evans (Y) pin Brandon Gourley, :48

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ERIE – Ryan Madigan picked up Warren’s sole victory, an 8-3 decision, as Cathedral Prep rolled to a 64-3 win over the visiting Dragons Thursday.

The Ramblers picked up seven pins and three technical falls in the win.

“We are thankful for this opportunity to wrestle against top level talent and guage ourselves for future matches,” said Warren coach Dean Johnson.

Madigan’s win over Jamale Crockett at 113 pounds was in the second to last match of the night. He led 2-1 after the first period, then earned a nearfall early in the second. Crockett got a reversal, but Madigan had an escape and came away with an 8-3 decision.

“Madigan had a great match,” Johnson said. “It was hard fought and he came out on top.”

The Dragons return home Thursday for a match with Harbor Creek.

126: Alex Chelton (CP) maj. dec. Alex Anderson, 11-1

132: Paniro Johnson (CP) pin Donovan Fiscus, 1:10

138: Andrew Stark (CP) pin Joe Letko, 1:57

145: Marques McClorin (CP) pin Kyle Swick, 1:20

152: Kishawn Higgins (CP) dec. Owen Balas, 5-2

160: Albert Taylor (CP) tech fall Jamo Douvlos, 19-0

170: Carter Starocci (CP) tech fall Liam Stevenson, 19-4

182: Luigi Yates (CP) tech fall Mabrukhe Togba, 15-0

195: Dorian Crosby (CP) pin Joey Arnold, 4:27

220: Kareem Carson (CP) pin Thomas Lucks, :39

285: Kawaun DeBoe (CP) pin Matt Ristau, 2:26

106: No contest

113: Ryan Madigan (W) dec. Jamale Crockett, 8-3

120: Ben Tirpak (CP) pin Avery Smith, 5:00