The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling squad rallied to defeat the Redbank Valley Bulldogs by a 30-29 score last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutch were trailing 29-12 with three matches remaining. At 171 pounds, Dutchman Kyle Wolfel pinned Matt Hetrick at the 2:51 mark, cutting the Bulldogsâ€™ lead to 29-18. At 189 pounds, Dutchman Joe McLaughlin pinned Corey Cyphert at the 2:16 mark of their match to make the score 29-24. At 215 pounds, SMAâ€™s Jimmy Antonelli pinned Braden Bowser at the 3:38 mark of their match, giving the Dutch the 30-29 win.
â€śThere were reasons why we won and there were reasons why we didnâ€™t lose,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śWe had four guys who fought hard to get off their backs and avoid team points.
â€śThere were kids who wrestled aggressively and solid and those who wrestled aggressively and sloppy. But we didnâ€™t give up the team points. I am proud of the team for their resilience.
â€śKyle Wolfel gave us the opportunity, Joe McLaughlin got us close and Jimmy Antonelli finished it for us.â€ť
The match started at 285 pounds, where Dutchman Kevin Hoy gave St. Marys the 3-0 lead with a 7-3 decision over Clay Kennemuth.
The Bulldogs then came back to win the next seven matches to take a 26-3 lead. Mitch Blose decisioned Damien Wensel 17-11 at 103. Willis Gruver decisioned Trenton Bowers, 7-0, and Nicholas Schrecengost recorded a 10-0 major decision over Evan Smith. Garret Hildebrand recorded a 13-5 decision over Alex Coudriet. Ty Hanes pinned Bill Gabor at the 2:41 mark of their match. Evan Shirey decisioned Darren Lyon 3-2 and Brandon Bailey decisioned Sam Miller 6-4.
Dutchman Allan Gursky used an escape in the second period to edge Aaron Hook 1-0 at 145 pounds, making the score 26-6. Alex Feldbauer of the Dutch pinned Luke Hinderliter at the 1:39 mark of their 152 match to cut the Redbank lead to 26-12. At 160 pounds, Cole Shirey of the Bulldogs recorded an 8-4 decision over Michael Brennen, giving the Bulldogs the 29-12 lead.
At 171 pounds, Dutchman Kyle Wolfel pinned Matt Hetrick at the 2:51 mark of their match, 29-18. Dutchman Joe McLaughlin pinned Corey Cyphert at the 2:16 mark of their 189-pound match, 29-24. Dutchman Jimmy Antonelli pinned Braden Bowser at the 3:38 mark of their 215-pound match, giving the Dutch the 30-29 win.
St. Marys, now 7-9 on the season, will close out their regular season on Thursday when they travel to Bradford to take on the Owls. The junior high begins at 6 p.m., with varsity to follow.
The results of last nightâ€™s varsity bouts follow:
St. Marys 30, Redbank Valley 29
285 - Kevin Hoy - SM decisioned Clay Kennemuth, 7-3.
103 - Mitch Blose - RBV decisioned Damien Wensel, 17-11.
112 - Willis Gruver - RBV decisioned Trenton Bowers, 7-0.
119 - Nicholas Schrecengost - RBV major decision over Evan Smith, 10-0.
125 - Garret Hildebrand - RBV major decision over Alex Coudriet, 13-5.
130 - Ty Hanes - RBV pinned Bill Gabor, 2:41.
135 - Evan Shirey - RBV decisioned Darren Lyon, 3-2.
140 - Brandon Bailey - RBV decisioned Sam Miller, 6-4.
145 - Allan Gursky - SM decisioned Aaron Hook, 1-0.
152 - Alex Feldbauer - SM pinned Luke Hinderliter, 1:39.
160 - Cole Shirey - RBV decisioned Michael Brennen, 8-4.
171 - Kyle Wolfel - SM pinned Matt Hetrick, 2:51.
189 - Joe McLaughlin - SM pinned Corey Cyphert, 2:16.
215 - Jimmy Antonelli - SM pinned Braden Bowser, 3:38.