Towanda tops Canton to stay unbeaten in the NTL
CANTON - Canton came out and won the first four matches.
But then Towanda showed why they are unbeaten in the NTL, taking the next 10 matches to pull out the 59-18 win Tuesday.
"I thought we wrestled pretty well tonight," Black Knight coach Bill Sexton said. "Canton got off to a good start on us but I think starting with (Jared) Lines we took back control of the match."
Starting at 195 Warrior Garrett Wesneski scored a 13-4 major decision over Towanda's Dakoatah Manning, followed by teammate Connor Route earning a 7-2 decision over Jeremy Sheeets.
Canton then got a fall at 285 from Brady Bryington over Garrett Pratt in 1:59 while at 106 Warrior Dennis Route worked his way to a 17-2 technical fall in 4:18 over Nate Secules.
But then the tide turned.
At 113 Lines started the shift with a quick fall over Ethan Landis in 1:11 followed by teammate Bryan Westbrook scoring a forfeit.
At 126 Knight Nick Secules scored a fall over Brett Wesneski in 1:38 with teammate D.J. Knolles earning a forfeit at 132. At 138 Towanda's Steven Yates scored a fall over Brendan Cohick in 1:06, at 145 Tristan Decker scored a 17-1 technical fall over Travis Butcher in 5:48, at 152 Justin Sheets pinned Clayton Tymeson in 1:36, at 160 Breycin Fulmer scored a fall over Robert Bonnell in 2:58, at 170 Dayton Wickwire pinned John Bowman in 1:58 and at 182 Dalton Claupein scored a forfeit to round out the match.
"A couple of matches I thought could have gone either way," Sexton explained. "Decker did an excellent job dominating Butcher at 145 and Wickwire going up a weight class with the takedown and fall. They were two key wins for us."
"Good overall team effort," added Sexton.
Towanda had four JV winners: Todd Koss, Mitch Peters, Larry Nichols and Kalob Benjamin.
The Knights will host Northeast Bradford Thursday then travel to Wyalusing Saturday, which will be an early junior high start of 5 p.m.
Athens 54, Sayre 18
The Redskins won the first three matches but the Wildcats took the rest as they picked up an NTL wrestling win Tuesday.
"I felt our kids wrestled a good match," Athens coach Dale Jarvis remarked. "We won five of the seven matches wrestled."
As for Sayre, they believed it could have been closer.
"It was a good match tonight, but I was hoping for a few more wins," Sayre coach Andrew Jarvis said. "Athens out-wrestled us tonight and they seem to have their program heading in the right direction. Hopefully our kids will continue to improve and get them back at Sectionals."
For Athens Zach Sheppeck (145), Mitchell Orshall (285) and Brandon Barry (113) scored falls while Brandon Jennings (152), Cody Jennings (160), Shane McGrath (182), Roger Horton (195) and Brock Horton (106) earned forfeits.
Sayre had two falls with Damon Whipple (126) and Lucas Murphy (138) while Tyler Harbst (132) scored a forfeit.
There was a double forfeit at 220.
The closest matches were at 170 and 120.
At 170 Athens' Dakoda Cain edged J.P. Harbst 2-1 while at 120 Wildcat Gage Cannavino earned an 11-5 win over Sayre's Gavin Lundy-McCutcheon.
"The biggest match of the night was the McCutcheon-Cannavino match," Dale Jarvis said. "McCutcheon is a big 120 pounder and Gage wrestled a smart match."
Jarvis also felt his heavyweight had a good day.
"At 285, Mitch looked better," he said. "Using his weight and speed to win the match."
And he was impressed with Sayre's 126 pound wrestler.
"The Whipple kid at 126 for Sayre is tough on top, and he used that to control the match."
The Redskin coach felt things started off strong for them.
"Damon and Murphy had our only wins on the mat tonight," he said. "They got us off to a good start, but we were unable to keep to momentum and lost a couple of close matches after that. Damon wrestled very well on top tonight and had a good win for us."
At 170 Andrew Jarvis felt Harbst wrestled a good match.
"We wanted to match JP up with Cain tonight and I thought he wrestled a good first two periods," he said. "He just didn't have enough in the tank tonight to get him in the third. I think JP is definitely coming on strong at the right time, but we need to work on a few little things to keep improving."
He also felt his heavyweight Zach Cecce wrestled better than the final score.
"Zach lost another close one for us," Jarvis said. "Again we were in a tight match and where we wanted to be in the third period, but he tried forcing a move that ended up getting him pinned."
And at 120 he expects big things from Luncy-McCutcheon in the future.
"Another matchup that we wanted tonight and Gavin showed us some good things, but was a little sloppy in the second half of the match," Jarvis said. "Tonight was his first time making 120, so were looking for him to get stronger at the weight during the next few weeks. He`s another wrestler for us that keeps improving, but needs to work on the little things to keep getting better."
In the junior high match Sayre beat Athens 42-24.
Nathan Nordin, Kaden Rude, Connor Harbst, Shane Bickham, Nathan Garrity, Eugene McCarty and Gary French had wins for the Redskins while Austin Stroud, Christopher Horton, David Gallasso and Jonathon Vough had wins for Athens.
Athens faces North Penn Thursday.
Troy 52, Northeast Bradford 21
The Trojans won 10 of 14 matches to pick up the NTL victory Tuesday.
Ethan Calkins (120), Colin Binford (126), Jared Spalding (132), Levi Smith (182), Zack Zimmerman (195) and Hunter Cohick (106) scored falls for the Trojan while Jacob Cummings (113) earned a forfeit.
At 145 Colin MacWhinnie earned a 10-3 decision over Tyler Emick, at 152 Nick Stephani scored a 14-6 major decision over Austin Saxer and at 220 Skyler Drake earned a 6-0 decision over Zack Darling.
For the Panthers Cody Bond (138), Alec Morris (160) and Cody Clark (285) scored forfeits while at 170 Brandon Devonshire picked up a 9-3 decision over Wes Noble.