The match started at 189 pounds, which worked in
Punxsy temporarily halted the Bison stampede at 112, as undefeated Kody Young quickly took Max Von Gunden down and pinned him in . However, at 119 pounds Andrew Spicer, who weighed in at 112, got a takedown and 3 nearfall points in the first period on Ty Albright and hung on for a 7-5 victory.
At 125, Holden Lowe dominated the Chucks’ Jim Bullers, leading 15-2 before pinning Bullers at . Then came two critical “toss-up” matches – at 130 Shane Harper was tied at 3 entering the 2nd period with Scott Salsgiver but was able to quickly pin Salsgiver at . Richie Queen then took on Punxsy’s Derek Burkett, who entered the bout 6-1. Down 2-0 after 1 period, Queen gave up a penalty point when the referee called an illegal slam.
140 pounds featured one of the most entertaining bouts of the evening between
At 145, freshman Derek Danver took on undefeated Pat Mahan. The bout was tied 3-3 in the third when Mahan was able to get a takedown and 2 separate 2-point nearfalls to pull away, 9-3. At 152, Kasey Casher earned his first win of the season, racking up a 16-5 lead on Easton Renwick before securing the fall at .
The bout ended with a pin for each team. 160-pounder Shawn Hall took a 5-1 lead before pinning Derek Kerr at 3:03, and at 171 Chucks standout Steve Cressley pinned Sam Maines in 1:18
With Coach Aveni a bit under the weather, Varsity Assistant Brent Lykens spoke after the match about the team’s performance. He professed to being unsurprised by the outcome as a whole saying that the team’s young core “Fought hard…we stressed being aggressive on our feet, the early falls helped get us rolling, we were able to finish them off when we had them on their backs and our guys fought off their backs well at times”, said Coach Lykens (Clearfield amassed a 15-7 edge in takedowns). Lykens praised Kasey Casher’s win and Dan Henderlong’s tenacity. “Punxsy is very dangerous, capable of racking up a lot of pins, we have to be pleased with our effort”, said Lykens.
With the win,