CURWENSVILLE — In what turned out to be a tune-up for Thursday\’s dual meet against undefeated and state-ranked Ridgway, Curwensville Area High School wrestlers won seven of 11 bouts, five by falls, to go with three forfeits for a 55-17 victory over Clarion before a large crowd in Patton Hall Tuesday night.
Pins were posted by Derek Brothers at 103 pounds, Tyler Peters at 119, Jeff Thomas at 130, Justin Smith at 140 and Nick Sipes at 189, while Matt Holland registered a major decision at 152 and Joe Hawkins battled through four overtimes for a decision at heavyweight. The forfeits went to Brett Sutika at 112, Brett McCracken at 145 and Jarrett Sloppy at 160.
\”I thought we used a lot of different techniques tonight,\” coach Duane Wriglesworth II said after the Golden Tide raised its record to 4-2. \”We saw a leg cradle. We saw a near cradle. We saw good bar series by several of the kids. It just shows me that they\’re starting to experiment a little bit. And I thought we looked good on our feet.\”
Peters, who weighed in at 112 with Sutika but moved up a weight for the opening bout, surrendered the initial takedown but had an 8-2 lead when he stacked Caleb Null on his shoulders with a leg cradle 40 seconds into the third period.
\”I was worried with the weight he was giving up and the leverage that kid had, but he was impressive,\” Wriglesworth said of his sophomore lightweight.
After Clarion 125-pounder pinned Kristi Newpher in 41 seconds to tie the match 6-6, Thomas put Curwensville ahead to stay at 12-6 when he clamped a front headlock on Matt Bauer for his fall in 3:05. Thomas had Bauer on his back twice en route to building a 9-0 advantage.
The Bobcats\’ only other points came from their three senior standouts. Ken Kiskadden (16-3) took down Justin Johnston in each of the first two periods and tacked on a reversal and near fall in the third period for a 10-0 major decision at 135. Defending District 9 Class AA 171-pound champ Bradd Rapp (17-1) had pairs of takedowns and near falls plus a reversal for a 12-0 major decision over Jesse Hoover. And Anthony Driscoll (15-4)hit a cradle off a restart in the second period and followed up a quick escape with a takedown in the third period for a 6-1 decision over Nathan Russell at 215.
Wriglesworth noted that Driscoll had pinned Russell in the Redbank Valley Christmas Tournament.
\”Nathan wrestled him better this time,\” Wriglesworth said. \”Just a couple little things there and he could have turned that match around.\”
Smith hooked up a near cradle to pin Robbie Buzard in 1:27 at 140 and trigger a four-bout sweep that all but clinched the victory for the Golden Tide. The forfeits for McCracken at 145 and Sloppy at 160 sandwiched Holland\’s shutout and made it 34-10 with the hosts guaranteed six more points because Sutika was unopposed in the final bout.
Clarion coach Rob Sintobin elected to move Joel Matticks away from McCracken and up to 152, but Holland engineered three of Curwensville\’s nine takedowns with a spin, a double-leg and a knee pick to go with a near fall for a solid win.
\”I was really impressed with his shots on his feet,\” Wriglesworth said.
Sipes wasted no time in pinning Zach Stiglitz in 58 seconds with a half nelson and press at 189, while Brothers took down Dylan Reinsel three times, twice right to his back with a fireman\’s carry and then a dump, and was ahead 12-2 when got the fall in 2:56 at 103.
At heavyweight, Hawkins and Mark Divens spent most of the their bout locked in neutral, trading escapes to force overtime. Hawkins, who had weighed in at 215, used a reversal in the third 30-second period to offset two more breakaways by Divens, making it 3-3. Then, the Golden Tide senior chose the bottom for the fourth extra period and managed the deciding escape in 18 seconds when Divens got too high trying for the rideout.
Wriglesworth was pleased with the Golden Tide\’s aggressiveness.
\”It was very impressive to see them go for the falls,\”he said. \”I wish we had some of these points for Thursday at Ridgway.\”
The powerful Elkers, ranked No. 6 among Class AA teams in the state by Off The Mat Wrestling Weekly, downed Smethport 38-25 Tuesday night for their eighth win. The loss was only the second in 10 matches for the Hubbers.
Clarion, which has five freshmen and three sophomores in its lineup, is 9-5.
In the junior high match, Curwensville topped Clarion 49-39.
Curwensville 55, Clarion 17
119 — Tyler Peters, Cur, pinned Caleb Null, 4:40. (6-0)
125 — Alex Gunther, Cl, pinned Kristi Newpher, :41. (6-6)
130 — Jeff Thomas, Cur, pinned Matt Bauer, 3:05. (12-6)
135 — Ken Kiskadden, Cl, major dec. Justin Johnston, 10-0. (12-10)
140 — Justin Smith, Cur, pinned Robbie Buzard, 1:27. (18-10)
145 — Brett McCracken, Cur, won by forfeit. (24-10)
152 — Matt Holland, Cur, major dec. Joel Matticks, 9-0. (28-10)
160 — Jarrett Sloppy, Cur, won by forfeit. (34-10)
171 — Bradd Rapp, Cl, major dec. Jesse Hoover, 12-0. (34-14)
189 — Nick Sipes, Cur, pinned Zach Stiglitz, :58. (40-14)
215 — Anthony Driscoll, Cl, dec. Nathan Russell, 6-1. (40–17)
285 — Joe Hawkins, Cur, dec. Mark Divens, 4-3 (4 OT). (43-17)
103 — Derek Brothers, Cur, pinned Dylan Reinsel, 2:56. (49-17)
112 — Brett Sutika, Cur, won by forfeit. (55-17)