Clearfield wrestlers upended by DuBois, 56-21|
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
HYDE - The Clearfield wrestling team opened its dual meet schedule Tuesday at Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium, falling to rival DuBois, 56-21.
The visiting Beavers racked up seven falls (six pins and a technical fall) and received two forfeits, and scored the final 42 team points of the match.
Despite the lopsided final score, Clearfield head coach Jeff Aveni thought his young squad battled, working off their backs time and time again in several bouts.
"They started out with a little more horsepower than us, and we knew that coming in," Aveni said of DuBois. "I don't think we hurt anything from lack of effort. There were a couple things that we didn't do that we worked on, and some things we did do. We have some fight. We're willing to fight off our backs. Now we have to get better at staying off them.
"Some of those bouts ... what do you say? When you're throwing a successful junior high wrestler out against a Tom Sleigh, you're going to have trouble. And we ran into that a couple times. I wasn't disappointed in our effort."
Clearfield got pins from Noah Cline (120), Dylan Graham (132) and Nolan Barger (152), and an overtime decision from Christian Stone (138) to account for its points.
"Those guys have to carry this team," Aveni said. "They're the guys who are seasoned and experienced. We're counting on those guys to come in here and lead the team and go out and get the bonus points and do the things they need to do. And we need the younger guys to follow."
Stone's tussle with Garrett Brown was the featured bout of the night.
The pair battled through a scoreless first period and traded escapes in the second and third to send their bout into overtime.
There, Stone was able to break through Brown's defenses and score a takedown. It was the 99th win of Stone's career.
"They know each other. They've wrestled a lot," Aveni said. "(Brown) stayed on his knees and controlled our wrists. The last time we had that match we worked on what to do when he controls our wrists. But we didn't make the adjustment until overtime.
"I don't know if (Stone) didn't want to do it until then. But he made the adjustment in overtime, took a nice shot and finished it. I thought Christian controlled the tempo of the match. He was never really in danger at any point. But he can't let kids in matches because they just control his wrists,"
The match started at 113 where Beaver Bryce Swauger, the defending District 9 Class AAA champion at 106, scored a 17-1 technical fall over Josiah McClaren in 5:03. It was a moral victory of sorts for McClaren who fought off his back at the end of the first and second periods and rolled through one final pinning combination in the third to avoid giving up the extra bonus point.
"He fought hard. Josiah has been around the block," Aveni said. "He's wrestled some good kids all his life. That match last year with Noah Cline (against Swauger) was pretty bad too. But at districts I think it was a point.
"If you're willing to fight and stay in the battle and keep clawing and scraping, that match is going to get closer every time. And Josiah is going to get better because of that. He fought and he didn't give up, and that only made him better. It was a good match. He made a lot of mistakes that cost him a lot of points. But he kept fighting."
Cline put the Bison on the board with a third-period fall over Chris Cox.
He built an 8-1 lead after two periods before using a three-quarter nelson to turn and pin Cox in 4:21.
DuBois regained the lead at 126, as Kody Cox scored a 5-3 decision over Jonathan Sponsler to give the Beavers an 8-6 lead.
Graham put the Bison back in front in the early seesaw affair, needing just 1:41 to show Austin Gahr the lights.
Stone followed with his overtime win, giving Clearfield a 15-8 advantage.
The teams traded pins in the next two weight classes as Beaver D.J. Carney stopped Clearfield's Grant Climie in 2:34 in the 145-pound weight class before Bison Nolan Barger decked Jake Muntz in 1:39 at 152 pounds.
Barger lit up the scoreboard with nearfall points, jumping out to an 8-0 lead before clamping on a tight cradle to record the fall.
Clearfield led 21-14 at that point, but lost by pin or forfeit over the final seven weight classes.
Mike Kennelly used a crossface cradle to pin Mike Beck in 4:16 at 160, while Sleigh stopped Josh Kennedy in 1:39. Shane Marshall gave up the initial takedown to Jake Verchick at 182, but reversed the Bison to his back and pinned him with a spladle in 2:27.
The Bison forfeited to Lake Lander at 195 and Landon Hanna at 220 before Curtis Mignot got headlocked to his back and pinned at 1:59 in the heavyweight bout by Beaver Nate Petitti.
Former Curwensville junior high standout Shae Bloom finished off the match for the Beavers with a first-period pin of Clearfield's Logan Gilbert. Bloom recorded the fall in 1:39.
"That was a tough start, but that's what we needed," Aveni said.
"We need to know where we need to be. These kids are talented and they are capable. They need to know the level they need to wrestle at.
"I don't think any of them that didn't win tonight are happy with their performances. I think they'll be ready to get back work."
Clearfield is back in action Thursday at Bald Eagle Area.
113-Bryce Swauger, C, tech fall Josiah McClaren, C, 17-1, 5:03. (5-0).
120-Noah Cline, C, pinned Chris Cox, D, 4:21. (5-6).
126-Kody Cox, D, dec. Jonathan Sponsler, D, 5-3. (8-6).
132-Dylan Graham, C, pinned Austin Gahr, D, 1:41. (8-12).
138-Christian Stone, C, dec. Garrett Brown, D, 3-1 ot. (8-15).
145-D.J. Carney, D, pinned Grant Climie, C, 2:34. (14-15).
152-Nolan Barger, C, pinned Jake Muntz, D, 1:39. (14-21).
160-Mike Kennelly, D, pinned Mike Beck, C, 4:16. (20-21).
170-Tom Sleigh, D, pinned Josh Kennedy, C, 1:39. (26-21).
182-Shane Marshall, D, pinned Jake Verchick, C, 2:27. (32-21).
195-Lake Lamder, D, won by forfeit. (38-21).
220-Landon Hanna, D, won by forfeit. (44-21).
285-Nate Petitti, D, pinned Curtis Mignot, C, 1:59. (50-21).
106-Shae Bloom, D, pinned Logan Gilbert, C, 1:39. (56-21).