Southern Columbia blasts Mount Carmel on mats
CATAWISSA RR - In a year in which many area teams are relatively young, Southern Columbia has a fairly experienced team, and it showed Saturday when the Tigers used seven pins and three forfeits to beat Mount Carmel, 63-12, at Southern.
The Tigers (4-2), with returning state placewinners in Blake Marks and Kent Lane, and regional qualifier Brett Shepard, have some holes too, but they've been patched up nicely by some youngsters and some upperclassmen who came out to help the team.
By contrast, the Red Tornadoes (1-2) are very young, with not one senior in the starting lineup last night.
"We're very young and leadership is a big problem right now," said Mount Carmel coach Randy Reidler. "Some of our older kids with (good) work ethic are going to have to be leaders and it's hard to do that with a team that's this young."
That showed right off the bat. Southern opened the match with five straight pins, starting at 285 when Matt Fabian pinne Ethan Bartos in 1:26. Shane Casey (5-1) pinned Layne Tanney in 3:27 at 106, Noah Carl (4-2) pinned Shane Gudonis is 1:51 at 113, freshman Todd Lane (6-0) pinned Damien Parker in 1:23 at 120, and Shepard (5-1) pinned Dion Watson in 1:32 at 126.
"Noah Carl didn't come out last year and he came out this year and is a good wrestler who is really helping us," said Southern coach Jerry Marks.
Then Bryce Hager (132) and returning state placewinner Kent Lane (6-0) had forfeits and it was 42-0 and the match was effectively over before some competitive bouts took place.
Mount Carmel got its first win when Mitchell Fletcher (5-2) scored five third-period points for a 5-0 win over Carter Houseknecht at 145. Blake Marks (6-0) built a 0-1 lead over returning regional qualifier Blake Panko (8-3) at 152 before pinning him, and Connor Houseknecht (4-1) pinned Cody Little at 160.
Sophomore Steve Toczylousky (4-2) then used third-period back points to upset Gabe Bogutskie (6-2) 5-4 at 170, pushing the lead to 57-3.
"That was a big win for Steve," Marks said. "He's been working real hard in the weight room to get stronger, and that was a nice win for him."
One of Southern's youngsters, sophomore Chase Tillett, then built a 5-1 lead over another Tornado veteran, Allen Yancoskie (6-6), before being taken down and pinned with a big move in the second period.
"Chase got tired," Marks said. "He wasn't sure he was going to come out and just started about a week-and-a-half ago. Zach (Tillett's older brother) started the season but has an elbow injury so he's not with us now."
Zach Tillett, along with veterans Nick Becker and Trent Donlan, who both have bad shoulders and aren't wrestling, make Marks wonder what he could have had. But seniors Robert Delbo and Adam Feudale have come out and helped. Delbo (4-2) wrestled strong at 195 before dropping an 8-6 decision to Wes Shurock, and Feudale (4-2) took a forfeit at 220.
285 - Matt Fabian, SC, pinned Ethan Bartos, 1:26 (6-0); 106 - Shane Casey, SC, pinned Layne Tanney, 3:27 (12-0); 113 - Noah Carl, SC, pinned Shane Gudonis, 1:51 (18-0); 120 - Todd Lane, SC, pinned Damien Parker, 1:23 (24-0); 126 - Brett Shepard, SC, pinned Dion Watson, 1:32 (30-0); 132 - Bryce Hager, SC, forfeit (36-0); 138 - Kent Lane, SC, forfeit (42-0); 145 - Mitch Fletcher, MC, dec. Carter Houseknecht, 5-0 (42-3); 152 - Blake Marks, SC, pinned Blake Panko, 4:24 (48-3); 160 - Connor Houseknecht, SC, pinned Cody Little, :51 (54-3); 170 - Steve Toczylousky, SC, dec. Gabe Bogutskie, 5-4 (57-3); 182 - Allen Yancoskie, MC, pinned Chase Tillett, 2:42 (57-9); 195 - Wes Shurock, MC, dec. Robert Delbo, 8-6 (57-12); 220 - Adam Feudale, SC, forfeit (63-12).