Dragons earn win over Corry

Warren’s John Fankhouser has Corry’s Brady Steele by the leg during their 152-pound match on Wednesday at Warren Area High School. Fankhouser earned a second period pin in the first match of the night, helping lift the Dragons to a 43-24 win on Senior Night.


The Warren Dragon wrestlers put on an impressive show Wednesday on Senior Night, earning a 43-24 victory over a solid Corry squad.

It was the second home match in as many nights, and it gave them a chance to get right back on the mat after a tough loss to Eisenhower the previous night.

“It was kind of nice to put that match in the rearview mirror,” said Warren coach Dean Johnson. “We were a little sluggish tonight, but the boys fought through and it was a nice way to send off the seniors in a good, positive way.”

Unlike the previous match, the Dragons got off to a great start against Corry, thanks to John Fankhouser, Zack Zinger and Jamo Douvlos.

Warren’s Avery Smith gets ready to flip Corry’s Damion Kinney during their 120-pound match on Wednesday at Warren Area High School. Smith earned a 7-0 victory, helping the Dragons to a 43-24 win on Senior Night.

Fankhouser got a second period pin, while Zinger earned a fall in the first period and Douvlos followed with a major decision to stake the Dragons to a 16-0 lead.

“It was nice to get started with those three wins off the bat,” Johnson said. “That set the tone.”

Corry’s strength is at 182, 195 and 220, and they were able to pick up wins at each of those weight classes to get within 1, 16-15.

Billy Anderson came up big at heavyweight, needing just 1:15 to earn a fall.

“Billy had a really nice win,” Johnson said.

Warren’s Billy Anderson smiles as he is about to pin Corry’s Xavier Reyda during their heavyweight bout on Wednesday at Warren Area High School. Anderson’s win was a big won in helping the Dragons to a 43-24 victory.

After a Corry forfeit at 106, Christian Papalia battled, but dropped a 6-2 decision, which gave Corry it’s first lead of the night.

But it didn’t last long.

Avery Smith was next up at 120 and he had a very workmanlike 7-0 win. That was followed by a dominant performance from Ryan Madigan, which resulted in a second period fall.

Alex Anderson grinded out a 4-2 win at 132 and the Dragons were on their way to victory.

“Ryan got a nice pin, that was good for him, and Avery has been steady all year and has really been coming on,” Johnson said.

Donovan Fiscus earned a 9-6 decision and Kyle Swick won by forfeit to close out the match.

“It was too bad Kyle couldn’t get a match, but the boy they were going to send out went to overtime in the JV match,” noted Johnson.

And the win came in front of another packed house.

“It was great to have a nice crowd out,” noted Johnson.

The Dragons have two more matches next week – at St. Marys on Monday and home to Brookville on Thursday, before districts on Feb. 22-23.

“We’ve got some stuff to work on the next couple of days,” noted Johnson. “They’re listening to what we want them to do and getting after it. We’re leaps and bounds ahead of where we started at the beginning of the year.”

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152: John Fankhouser (W) pinned Brady Steele, 2:39

160: Zack Zinger (W) pinned Austin Saachetti, 1:45

170: Jamo Douvlos (W) maj. dec. Dylan Gourley, 13-1

182: Matt Petrilla (C) tech fall MaBrukhe Tagba, 2:54

195: Hadyen Linkerhof (C) maj. dec. Joey Arnold, 15-2

220: Shawn Proctor (C) pinned Jake Hayes, :59

285: Billy Anderson (W) pinned Xavier Reyda, 1:15

106: Lucas Munsee (C) won by forfeit

113: Kayden Reyda (C) dec. Christian Papalia, 6-2

120: Avery Smith (W) dec. Damion Kinney, 7-0

126: Ryan Madigan (W) pinned Derek Hurd, 3:00

132: Alex Anderson (W) dec. Lucas Peterson, 4-2

138: Donovan Fiscus (W) dec. Hunter Savitz, 9-6

145: Kyle Swick (W) won by forfeit