Oil City won the first two matches of the night before Warren stormed back to win 10 of the final 11 bouts during a 54-13 victory over the Oilers on Senior Night Thursday at Warren Area High School.
"Chris (McNeal) really gave us a spark with a quick pin at 195 pounds and we clicked off some quick pins after that. It was nice to get a win, but we still have a lot of improving that we can do."
The visiting Oilers won the first two matches to jump out to a 7-0 lead in the team score. However, it didn't take the Dragons long to bounce back and take firm control of the match.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Warren 220-pounder Alex Streich works on pinning his Oil City opponent during a varsity wrestling match held Thursday at Warren Area High School. Streich needed just 1:05 to pin his opponent and the Dragons won, 54-13.
Warren's first victory of the night came at 152 pounds where Garrett Smead executed takedown after takedown, building a 19-7 lead in the first period before pinning Oil City's Jacob Zdarko in 1:39. In the next match, 160-pounder Cody Gunn wrestled smart in a 5-1 decision over the Oilers' Eli Lewis. Gunn's win put Warren up for good with a 9-7 lead.
The lead quickly swelled to 30-7 with wins by 170-pounder Derek Reagle, 182-pounder Dan Henry, 195-pounder McNeal and 220-pounder Alex Streich. Reagle narrowly missed a major decision with an 11-4 win over Brandon Stover. Henry then received a forfeit before McNeal kicked off a series of quick pins with a 33-second pin of Eric Streeter. Streich needed just 1:05 to pin Logan Johnson in his 220-pound bout.
After an Oilers victory at heavyweight, the Dragons quickly got back on track by winning the final four matches of the evening.
Glyn Mahood, a freshman, pinned his opponent with just five seconds remaining in the first period of his 106-pound match. After a double forfeit at 113 pounds, Warren's Seth Johnson won at 120 pounds in just 38 seconds.
The Dragons (11-4) finished the night with standout D.J. Fehlman receiving a forfeit at 126 pounds and sophomore Jason Peterson pinning his opponent in the final 30 seconds of the 132-pound match.
Warren has a difficult ahead this weekend when it competes at the annual Tool City Tournament in Meadville.
Warren 54, Oil City 13
138: John Beach (O) d. Jonah Hordusky (W), 8-3
145: Curt Hargenrader (O) md. Michael Card (W), 12-0
152: Garrett Smead (W) p. Jacob Zdarko (O), 1:39
160: Cody Gunn (W) d. Eli Lewis (O), 5-1
170: Derek Reagle (W) d. Brandon Stover (O), 11-4
182: Dan Henry (W) wbf.
195: Chris McNeal (W) p. Eric Streeter (O), 0:33
220: Alex Streich (W) p. Logan Johnson (O), 1:05
285: Jericho Hartzel (O) p. Kevin Barsness (W), 1:49
106: Glyn Mahood (W) p. Pat Cunningham (O), 1:55
113: No match
120: Seth Johnson (W) p. Dylan Beach (O), 0:38
126: D.J. Fehlman (W) wbf.
132: Jason Peterson (W) p. Trenton Hogue (O), 5:29
Smethport 56, Sheffield 15
It was a tough Thursday on the mat for the Sheffield Wolverines wrestling team as it suffered a 56-15 setback to the Smethport Hubbers at Sheffield Area High School.
The Wolverines dropped to 5-3 on the season and were hurt by having to forfeit three weight classes during the match. The Wolverines did receive one of those forfeits back as Tanner Barr received a free victory at 106 pounds.
Sheffield's only other victories on the night came at 113 and 182 pounds. At 113 pounds, Kyle Holden delivered a 5-0 decision over the Hubbers' Hunter Southard. At 182 pounds, Sheffield's Dylan Straw pinned Cody Anderson.
The Wolverines return to the court Saturday when they compete at the Coudersport Duals.
Smethport 56, Sheffield 15
106: Tanner Barr (Sh) wbf.
113: Kyle Holden (Sh) d. Hunter Southard (Sm), 5-0
120: Trent Neely (Sm) md. Ricky Prosen (Sh), 10-0
126: Justin Burgess (Sm) d. Brandon Johnston (Sh), 3-2
132: Adam Shunk (Sm) p. Jason Rulander (Sh), 2:10
138: Karl Lightner (Sm) p. Paul Byers (Sh), 2:57
145: Jacob Abrams (Sm) md. Doug Grubbs (Sh), 10-0
152: Drew Burdick (Sm) p. Adam Barr (Sh), 3:20
160: Jordan Johnson (Sm) d. Steve Gregerson (Sh), 11-6
170: Justin Elder (Sm) p. Cody Anderson (Sh), 0:53
182: Dylan Straw (Sh) p. Jeremy Mason
195: Bryce Henry (Sm) wbf.
220: Jimmy Dinch (Sm) wbf.
285: Dylan Dinch (Sm) wbf.