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Warriors defeat Tide, 64-13
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
ALLPORT - After a disappointing District 6 Individual Tournament last season, West Branch head coach Jason Bainey decided to take a different route with his wrestlers.
Instead of going for the quick pin, he wanted his Warriors to rack up points and try to go the distance.
West Branch did that on Tuesday evening against Curwensville, piling up a total of 66 individual points in their bouts to defeat the Tide, 64-13.
"You could see that with us working on our takedowns," Bainey said. "Last year, we would get the takedown and try and turn guys right away and only get out of the period 2-0. We've been trying to stress to the kids that we want them to get a bigger lead in the first period and we want to work on our conditioning.
"We've been hammering guys with the conditioning this year, because we want to be in shape at the end of the third period. I thought overall we wrestled hard tonight, and it was a good win for us."
Still, when the Warriors had the early chances, they didn't shy away from the falls.
That was the case in the first bout, as Luke Slippey decked Jake Stiles in 53 seconds.
The Tide got four of the points back at 160, where Zach Tibbens defeated Conor Myers, 9-1.
Tibbens led 4-0 heading into the final period, where he scored an escape and two takedowns to seal the major decision.
"Zach has had some injury problems in the past, and it's good to see that he is finally over that," Curwensville head coach Duane Wriglesworth said. "His performance on his feet looked good.
"I know he had some trouble with one of the guys he wrestled at the Mountaineer Tournament over the weekend, but it looks to me that he rebounded fine after that."
Lucas Kristofits scored a 14-6 major decision over Nathan Wriglesworth at 170. Kristofits picked up two takedowns in the first, two reversals in the second, before added three more takedowns in the third for the win.
That gave West Branch a 10-4 lead, which grew quickly to 28-4 after the Tide forfeited the next three weights.
Vince McDowell (182), Robbie Pearce (195) and Buzzy Maines (220) each had their hands raised.
"(Curwensville's Ricky) Magnuson didn't make weight, so we got him and Buzzy an exhibition match," Bainey said. "Vince got a match versus a kid 40 pounds bigger than him, but that's what you want to do. You want to get matches for these guys because forfeits aren't good for anyone. We want to see all of the kids wrestle."
West Branch heavyweight Morgan Selepack continued Bainey's gameplan against Curwensville's Seth Connors.
Selepack took Connors down four times in the first period, before adding a reversal, a takedown and three nearfall points in the second.
After a reversal to start the third, Selepack flipped the Tide grappler to his back for the fall in 4:09.
"These guys were going out there and pinning guys in 15 or 20 seconds and that hurts you when you get to districts," said Bainey. "You have to be able to go six or eight minutes if it goes to overtime. So that's what we are going to work on all year long.
"Morgan had five or six takedowns. That's the thing we need to keep working on, is to be able to go hard for the full six minutes."
With the Warriors sporting a 34-4 lead, freshman Joey Couteret took the mat for his first varsity matchup. Couteret immediately took down the Tide's Jason Koptchak and got him to his back for the fall in 1:24.
"We had five kids tonight making their varsity debuts," Bainey said. "We lost three of the matches, but we wrestled three of Curwensville's better kids in (Tyler) Mays, (Trey) McKenzie and Tibbens.
"Our guys went out there and wrestled hard. I think we are going to be alright. We just have to keep plugging away and keep working. For Joey to get his first win tonight was great."
Wyatt Sankey picked up the fourth fall of the night for the Warriors, pinning Sam Bressler in 2:45 at 113.
Curwensville picked up its second win of the evening at 120 pounds, where Tyler Mays upended Jake Brown, 5-1.
Mays took the 2-1 lead in the second period, scoring a takedown with 4.4 seconds left in the period.
He scored an escape and another takedown in the third to set the final and cut West Branch's advantage to 46-7.
West Branch kept plugging along, scoring another fall at 126 pounds, when Abe Albright pinned Aryan Shearer in 1:57.
Senior J.P. Hayles made it six falls when he upended Jake Lancaster in 2:15 at 132.
"J.P. Hayles had a nice match tonight, pinning Jake Lancaster," said Bainey. "Lancaster is a good kid. This is J.P.'s senior year and he wants to go out with a bang."
Parker Bumbarger decked Brandon Sass in 2:28 after jumping out to a 15-3 lead.
McKenzie finished out the match with a fall over Clayton Green in 2:52. The match was scoreless heading into the second period when Green chose bottom.
McKenzie was able to flip him for the pin, setting the final at 64-13.
"Trey finished up nicely with a good match," Wriglesworth said. "There are some kinks in here that we need to work out, but what can you say? When you give up three forfeits and you come up against a team that's loaded like this, you can expect that.
"West Branch is a nice team. They were District 6 runners-up last year, and they didn't graduate too many kids. We knew it was going to be a contest."
Curwensville (0-1) hosts Brockway on Thursday evening.
West Branch (1-0) heads to Moshannon Valley on Saturday for the North/South Duals.
NOTES: There were four exhibition matches wrestled before the match. All were won by fall. West Branch's Buzzy Maines, Kris Smeal and Vince McDowell, along with Curwensville's Shawn Ebersole were all winners.

West Branch-64
Curwensville-13
152-Luke Slippey, WB, pinned Jake Stiles, C, :53. (6-0).
160-Zach Tibbens, C, maj. dec. Conor Myers, WB, 9-1. (6-4).
170-Lucas Kristofits, WB, maj. dec. Nathan Wriglesworth, C, 14-6. (10-4).
182-Vincent McDowell, WB, won by forfeit. (16-4).
195-Robbie Pearce, WB, won by forfeit. (22-4).
220-Buzzy Maines, WB, won by forfeit. (28-4).
285-Morgan Selepack, WB, pinned Seth Connors, C, 4:09. (34-4).
106-Joey Couteret, WB, pinned Jason Koptchak, C, 1:24. (40-4).
113-Wyatt Sankey, WB, pinned Sam Bressler, C, 2:45. (46-4).
120-Tyler Mays, C, dec. Jake Brown, WB, 5-1. (46-7).
126-Abe Albright, WB, pinned Aryan Shearer, C, 1:57. (52-7).
132-J.P. Hayles, WB, pinned Jake Lancaster, C, 2:15. (58-7).
138-Parker Bumbarger, WB, pinned Brandon Sass, C, 2:28. (64-7).
145-Trey McKenzie, C, pinned Clayton Green, WB, 2:52. (64-13).


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