Oswayo Valley tops Sheffield on the mat

Sheffield’s Nick Knowles attempts to turn Oswayo Valley’s Michael VanDergrift on his back during their heavyweight contest at Sheffield High School, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Knowles won via tech fall.

Oswayo Valley wrestlers won six matches via pinfall en route to a 57-20 win at Sheffield Thursday.

The Green Wave also received three out of the four forfeits during the match, staking them to an 18-6 advantage before any wrestler even stepped on the mat.

The most competitive match of the night occured at 132 between Oswayo’s Patrick Rounsville and Sheffield’s Jamier Griffin. After a low-scoring first period, Griffin was nearly pinned twice in the second when momentum from aggressive shoots took him onto his back. He was able to reverse late in period and earn back points to cut the deficit to 11-8 entering the third.

Griffin got another near fall early in the third to take a 12-11 lead. Rounsville was able to escape and the match went to an extra period with the score tied at 14. Another aggressive shot from Griffin got him off balance and Rounsville was able to complete the takedown to earn a 16-14 decision.

“He’s brand new (to the sport) and he’s a scrapper,” Sheffield coach Jack Rice said of Griffin.

Sheffield’s Kevin Marfink looks to his coaches for instruction during a match against Oswayo Valley at Sheffield High School, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The Green Wave defeated the Wolverines, 57-20.

The match opened with the 152-pound contest as Oswayo’s Colton Gietler squared off with Sheffield’s Kevin Marfink. Marfink had the advantage early in the second, but got too high trying to flip Gietler on his back and it was Marfink who ended up on his back and pinned.

At 160, Oswayo’s William Russell proved too strong for Sheffield’s Kevin Rivera as Russell earned a pinfall win at 2:56. Kavaughn Williams got the Wolverines in the win column at 170, pinning Josh Morrison in just 20 seconds. Simon Couls needed just 36 seconds to get the six points right back for the Green Wave as he pinned Kyle Agee in the 182-pound match.

Sheffield’s Jake Davidson fought off a late first-period takedown attempt by Steven Longworthy at 195. Davidson chose the top position to start the second and was quickly reversed. Longworthy was able to ride out Davidson to take a 2-0 lead into the third. Davidson was down to start the period and reversed Longworthy onto his back. Those back points proved to be the difference as Longworthy reversed late, but couldn’t get any more points as Davidson earned a 7-4 decision.

Sheffield heavyweight Nick Knowles had to overcome three blood times, two with him in firm control, before coming away with a 17-2 technical fall over Michael VanDergrift. The Green Wave received forfeits at 106 and 113 before Zane Malogrino pinned Sheffield’s Dalton VanVleck at 120. Another Sheffield forfeit at 126 set the stage for Griffin and Rounsville, before Oswayo earned quick pins at 138 and 145 to close out the match.

“This was a marked improvement over last weekend,” Rice said. “Jamier was way better, Knowles had a very good match and Davidson looked really good.”

Sheffield travels to Coudersport Tuesday.

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152: Colton Gietler (OV) pinned Kevin Marfink, 3:30

160: William Russell (OV) pinned Kevin Rivera, 2:56

170: Kavaugh Williams (S) pinned Josh Morrison, 0:20

182: Simon Couls (OV) pinned Kyle Agee, 0:36

195: Jake Davidson dec. Steven Longworthy, 7-4

220: Daniel Muladze won via forfeit

HWT: Nick Knowles (S) tech. fall Michael VanDergrift, 17-2

106: Parker Howard (OV) won via forfeit

113: Dylan Pesock (OV) won via forfeit

120: Zane Malogrino pinned Dalton VanVleck, 1:23

126: Brandon Delong (OV) won via forfeit

132: Patrick Rounsville (OV) dec. Jamier Griffin, 16-14, OT

138: Aaron Dailey pinned Caleb Wolters, 0:18

145: Isaiah Barney pinned Ethan Finch, 0:53

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106: Cooper Traister (S) pin Chris Rounsville, 0:16

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