Wyalusing edges Troy as Edsell gets pin in final match
WYALUSING - As soon as the starting weight for Saturday's match between the Rams and the Troy Trojans was determined, Collin Edsell got excited.
The freshman knew that with the match starting at 126, there was a chance everything could ride on him at 120 in the final match of the night.
"I have always wanted it come down to me at the last weight," Edsell said. "When I realized we would start at 126 I was excited."
In the end Edsell's hopes came true as his 16-2 major decision victory over Collin Binford at 120 proved to be the difference as the Rams won 36-33.
Early on it appeared like the Rams were in control as Brandon Kelley opened with a technical fall win over Jared Spalding 15-0 in 4:41 and Charlie Stretch followed with a forfeit win at 132 as Wyalusing jumped out to an 11-0 lead.
Troy fought back all match long and by the time they got to 195 where Briar Jenkins of Troy pinned Wyalusing's Zane Vaskas in 1:20, Edsell was starting to realize the match might come down to him.
"When Zane Vaskas was wrestling coach Haley came and told us we needed some pins," Edsell said. "I started to go and get ready right then."
And, after Troy got back-to-back pins at 106 and 113, Edsell's hopes came true as Wyalusing trailed 33-32 going into Edsell's match, putting everything on his shoulders.
"Coach Haley came up to be just before I went out there and told me this is what I've been waiting for all year," Edsell said.
While there were some nerves for Edsell it helped that he was wrestling a fellow freshman who he had faced the past two years in junior high.
"I was a little nervous but I have wrestled this kid before and I knew what he would try and do," Edsell said.
While Edsell pinned Binford in junior high, he knew that the Troy wrestler was going to try and come out aggressive against him on Saturday.
"I figured he would come right after me so I had to stay focused," Edsell said. "I had to keep wrestling for the team, not for myself. I knew that if I won, the team won."
And, while Binford kept things close for the first minute, Edsell began to take control of the match, feeding off the crowd and the atmosphere.
"It feels awesome, to have the home crowd cheer for you," he said. "It was so cool."
After Wyalusing took the early 11-0 lead on Saturday, the Trojans got a win at 138 as Nick Bruce won a 5-4 decision over Justin Haley to cut the deficit to 11-3.
The Rams added to their lead at 145 as Dave Brown won a 12-3 major decision over Trey Murray to put Wyalusing on top 15-3.
Troy's Nick Stephani got a pin in 55 seconds at 152 over Jake Minturn as Troy got within six, before Wyalusing's Tyler Fenton won by technical fall 20-5 in 5:45 over Wes Noble at 160 to make it 20-9.
Three straight wins by Troy gave the Trojans the lead as Landis Zimmerman won 3-2 over Justin Griffith at 170 and at 182 Cody Ercolino won 8-3 over Dalton Manning.
At 182 Jenkins pinned Vaskas in 1:20 as Troy took a 21-20 lead, before Wyalusing got back-to-back pins to regain the lead.
At 220 Dylan Otis pinned Skylar Drake in 3:32 and at 285 Dalton Chilson got the fall over Dylan Brennan in 1:54.
Troy was down 32-21, but their back-to-back pins of their own gave them the one-point advantage going into the final match.
At 106 Hunter Cohick pinned Jacob Sandfort in 2:56 and at 113 Ethan Calkins pinned Tracey Brown in 3:40.
The victory improves Wyalusing to 10-4 on the year and 3-1 in the NTL. The Rams have another big NTL match on Thursday when they host Canton in their home finale, and Hall of Fame night.
MIKE WATSON TOURNAMENT
Ryan Wolcott captured the title at 220 for the Wolverines, going 4-0 on the weekend. Wolcott defeated Matthew Blair 2-1 in the final.
Brandon Ellers had a 4-1 weekend for the Wolverines at 160 and Jeff Klossner was 3-1 for Waverly at 195.
Austyn Bostwick (138) had a 5-2 mark on the weekend and Kacey Madigan (126) was 4-2, while Zack Saxon (138) and Daniel Spaulding (195) were each 3-2.
Jordon Huck was 2-2 at 182 and Jon Bidlack (113) and Wally Heinzelman (152) were each 1-2 on the weekend.
Zach Gingerick (132) and Joseph Peters (145) both went 0-2 for Waverly.
BUSH DUALS (ELK LAKE)
The Sayre Redskins went 3-2 and finished third on Saturday.
Lackawanna Trail won the tournament and the next three spots came down to a tie breaker of total points scored between Blue Ridge, GAR and Sayre who were all 3-2.
Blue Ridge had the most points and took second and Sayre edged out GAR by three points for third.
"We wrestled much better today than we did over the last two weeks," Sayre coach Kurt Muench said. "We had Kyle Post and James Harbst both go 5-0. Gavin Lundy-McCutcheon, Damon Whipple and Lucas Murphy all went 4-1 on the day. All the teams were pretty evenly matched, as we all gave up forfeits. We were hoping to get Kyle Post a few more actual matches, but a few teams bumped away and forfeited to him, so that was a little disappointing. We were missing a few kids and had our heavyweight hurt in the second match, otherwise there could have been a good chance for us to take first place today. Overall, we were happy with the way the kids wrestled today. They were much more aggressive than they have been."
Sayre fell to Lackawanna Trail 36-30. Sayre's Lundy-McCutcheon (120), Whipple (126), Post (160) and Harbst (170) all had falls and Murphy (132) had a forfeit win.
Against Scranton Prep Lundy-McCutcheon (113), Whipple (120) and Matthew Frantz (152) each won by forfeit, while Murphy (132), Post (160) and Harbst (170) won by fall. The match was won by Sayre 37-36 on criteria H, most first points scored in the match.
Against Elk Lake the Redskins won 33-29. Lundy McCutcheon (113), Whipple (120), Post (160), Harbst (170) and Cody Naylor (285) won by forfeit, while Murphy won by decision at 132. Elk Lake had a point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct at 182.
Against Blue Ridge the Redskins lost 52-12. Sayre got a forfeit win from Post at 160 and a pin from Harbst at 170.
Sayre ended the day with a 35-30 win over GAR. Lundy-McCutcheon (113) won by forfeit, Whipple (126) won by technical fall, Murphy (138), Frantz (152), Post (160) and Harbst (182) all won by forfeit.
Sayre hosts Williamson on Tuesday.