Knights, Warriors beat B-A|
Saturday, January 12, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
AMESVILLE - The Moshannon Valley wrestling team has been hampered in dual meets by forfeits.
While the Black Knights have gotten two more wrestlers back in the last week, Bellwood-Antis made things close in a hurry on Friday night in Amesville - thanks to the two remaining holes in the Mo Valley lineup.
The hosts jumped out to a 27-6 lead after the first six bouts before the Blue Devils cut the deficit to three after a fall and consecutive forfeits.
Black Knight junior Kent Stewart halted Bellwood-Antis' momentum at 182 and Mo Valley rolled from there.
Stewart pinned Bruce Knisely in 3:57 to start a string of five straight matches the Knights earned six points for to close the match in a 57-24 win.
"Kent's only been wrestling three years," said Mo Valley head coach Justin Fye, "and two of those years have been on varsity. He's still learning as he goes, but he's tough on his feet. We're working on some other moves on his feet and work on finishing, but he did a good job tonight once he got his hips in the right position.
"When you wrestle the bigger guys, the more pressure you have on their hips the harder it is for them to move. He did a good job of that and went after the fall."
Stewart was in control from the onset, earning the opening takedown in the first before building up a 5-0 lead and decking Knisely.
Knisely allowed an escape to start the second and Stewart made sure the match wouldn't make it to the third.
Stewart took Knisely down and worked the half until the fall came with just three seconds left on the clock.
"He's as strong as an ox," Fye said of Stewart. "When he gets a hold of you, he's got a strong grip. He's just got to learn more with his hips. If you can learn to wrestle with your hips in good position, you'll do well."
James Stodart followed by receiving a forfeit at 195 before teammates Jake Ludwig and Jack Bunnell earned falls.
Bunnell decked Ryan Bouslough with a headlock in 29 seconds at 285 after Ludwig pinned Keith Shawley, who entered the match with a 5-1 record.
Shawley allowed an opening-period takedown and fended off the Mo Valley senior, but Ludwig's persistence paid off with the pin in the second.
Ludwig started down in the second and reversed Shawley to his back for six points in 2:49.
Nick Krupa closed the meet with a forfeit at 106.
"Everyone was being aggressive," said Fye, "but I think Jake's the biggest one showing improvement on being aggressive. It's not that he doesn't like to be aggressive, but he went out, took Shawley down and was looking to score big and he did that."
After Bellwood-Antis opened the match with a fall at 113, the Knights pulled even with a Bill Bryan forfeit at 120 before Dylan Fudalski, Bryce Bloom and Ryan Thomas pinned their opponents.
Fudalski built up a 13-1 lead over Josh Wilson at 126 before recording the fall at 3:24, while Bloom got out to a 12-0 lead on Jaret Dicken before locking up a cradle for the fall at 3:53.
Thomas completed the trifecta by using a half to show Jonathan Waite the lights in 1:42.
"(Dylan) has some good partners to roll around with," Fye said, "and he's learned to start to wrestle. He was more of a guy that went out head-hunting, looking for a big move all the time. He'll still hit the move if it's there now, but he's out to wrestle guys. He's better on top, he's more aggressive on his feet.
"Bryce and Ryan were aggressive and went after their kids the whole time, which was nice."
Sam Ohler, one of the Knights' returnees to the lineup, picked up his second win of the week to extend the lead to 27-6 with a 5-1 decision over Zack Mock at 145.
Ohler took a 2-0 lead into the third with a second-period reversal before turning Mock to his back for three nearfall points in the third.
Mock escaped with time winding down to set the final.
"I thought Sam went out and was being aggressive, too," said Fye. "I thought he did a really good job on top riding the kid. Up until the very end when he got a little lazy riding the kid, he stayed in good position and outwrestled the guys.
"He's been getting more confidence, and he can hang with more guys as he gets more confident."
Jeremy Wilson pinned Mo Valley's Cody Hamilton at 152 in front of the forfeits for Nick Torsell (160) and Michael Decker (170) to set the stage for Stewart's pin at 182.
The Knights evened their mark at 4-4.
"We've been preaching being aggressive and going after your guy," Fye said. "When we're in the room, we get on the guys when they're backing up because we want them to go hard all the time. That's how you get yourself in shape. We know, as the season goes on, they're going to have to go six minutes sometimes.
"It's good to go out and be aggressive. Even in the matches we lost, we were aggressive."
Mo Valley is back in action Jan. 19 at the Richland Duals.
West Branch 69, Bellwood-Antis 9
West Branch had one final hurdle before its match with fourth-ranked Brookville next week, and the Warriors cleared it in dominating fashion.
Jason Bainey's squad, which is ranked fifth in the state, improved to 15-0 with a manhandling of Bellwood-Antis in Amesville.
The Warriors recorded six falls, five of which took no more than 1 minute, 13 seconds, and received five forfeits to set up Wednesday's showdown with the Blue Raiders.
"We were hoping we'd be 15-0 going into that one," said Bainey. "They're ranked fourth in the state and we're ranked fifth, so we're going to see what happens. It's a big one."
Wyatt Sankey's pin of the Blue Devils' Justin Grassmyer in 41 seconds opened the match and set the tone.
Sankey's fall preluded quick work from J.P. Hayles at 132, Conor Myers at 170, Lucas Kristofits at 182 and Morgan Selepack at 285 - all of whom were on the mat less than 80 seconds.
West Branch 138-pounder Parker Bumbarger's fall took the longest, as Jonathan Waite lasted until the 2:27 mark.
"The guys went out and they were aggressive from the get go," Bainey said. "We've got a big week next week with Brookville and then the Clearfield Duals. The guys are geared up. We're 15-0 and we're going to see what happens."
The lone match that went the distance that the Warriors earned the win was the bout at 160.
Bellwood-Antis opted to forfeit at 152, forcing Bainey to send out Kris Smeal for a forfeit and moving Luke Slippey up to 160 to face Nick Torsell.
The weight discrepancy didn't faze Slippey, who was never in serious danger against Torsell.
Slippey recorded a pair of takedowns and reversals with an escape added in en route to a 9-6 win.
"When they bumped some of their guys away from some of our guys," said Bainey, "I wasn't going to let it happen again. My guys came here to wrestle, not get forfeits. Slippey had a real nice win because Torsell is pretty tough. Slippey bumped up and gave up 10 pounds. It was a good win for Luke.
"He was leading the whole match. He wrestled a good, smart match and that's what we're looking for - good matches - because Luke wants to get to states. Those are the kind of matches you have to have in the season to get there."
Dustin Deliman (106), Abe Albright (120), Vince McDowell (195) and Buzzy Maines (220) also added forfeits for West Branch.
West Branch-69, Bellwood-Antis-9
113-Wyatt Sankey, WB, pinned Justin Grassmyer, BA, :41. (6-0).
120-Abe Albright, WB, won by forfeit. (12-0).
126-Josh Wilson, BA, pinned Kaleb Quick, WB, 4:52. (12-6).
132-J.P. Hayles, WB, pinned Jaret Dicken, BA, :18. (18-6).
138-Parker Bumbarger, WB, pinned Jonathan Waite, BA, 2:27. (24-6).
145-Zack Mock, BA, dec. Clayton Green, WB, 12-9. (24-9).
152-Kris Smeal, WB, won by forfeit. (30-9).
160-Luke Slippey, WB, dec. Nick Torsell, BA, 9-6. (33-9).
170-Conor Myers, WB, pinned Michael Decker, BA, :49. (39-9).
182-Lucas Kristofits, WB, pinned Bruce Knisely, BA, 1:13. (45-9).
195-Vince McDowell, WB, won by forfeit. (51-9).
220-Buzzy Maines, WB, won by forfeit. (57-9).
285-Morgan Selepack, WB, pinned Ryan Bouslough, BA, :32. (63-9).
106-Dustin Deliman, WB, won by forfeit. (69-9).
Moshannon Valley-57, Bellwood-Antis-24
113-Grassmyer, BA, pinned Joey Vanish, MV, 2:43. (0-6).
120-Bill Bryan, MV, won by forfeit. (6-6).
126-Dylan Fudalski, MV, pinned Jo. Wilson, BA, 3:24. (12-6).
132-Bryce Bloom, MV, pinned Dicken, BA, 3:53. (18-6).
138-Ryan Thomas, MV, pinned Waite, BA, 1:42. (24-6).
145-Sam Ohler, MV, dec. Mock, BA, 5-1. (27-6).
152-Jeremy Wilson, BA, pinned Cody Hamilton, MV, 3:35. (27-12).
160-Torsell, BA, won by forfeit. (27-18).
170-Decker, BA, won by forfeit. (27-24).
182-Kent Stewart, MV, pinned Knisely, BA, 3:57. (33-24).
195-James Stodart, MV, won by forfeit. (39-24).
220-Jake Ludwig, MV, pinned Keith Shawley, BA, 2:49. (45-24).
285-Jack Bunnell, MV, pinned Bouslough, BA, :29. (51-24).
106-Nick Krupa, MV, won by forfeit. (57-24).