By Bret Curren
Knights crush Cambridge in dual at The Dungeon
The West Holmes High School varsity wrestling team ran its dual-meet mark to 4-0 on the season after crushing Cambridge 61-14 in Wednesday, Dec. 20 action at West Holmes High School. The Knights won nine of the 12 contested matches against the Bobcats, dropping only the 145-, 152- and 285-pound bouts.
“We wrestled pretty good tonight,” said Scott Vaughn, the Knights first-year head coach. “The only matches we thought would be close, they won. Colton (Bowling) lost a tough one at 145, and we knew the Kerns kid (Cooper, wrestling at 152 pounds) was probably their best wrestler. Tre (Anderson) did what he could against Kerns and never quit. Those were both tough matches. And a mistake by Ethan (VanSickle) at heavyweight cost him. He hasn’t wrestled since elementary, and he’s got a lot to learn, but he keeps working hard.”
West Holmes reeled off six straight wins to open the meet, getting fall wins from Cael Woods (Soph., 113 lbs.), Thane Kaufman (Sr., 126 lbs.), Walker Uhl (Soph., 132 lbs.) and Hunter Bowling (Soph., 138 lbs.). Jack Welsh (Fr., 106 lbs.) got the Knights off on the right foot with an 8-4 decision victory, and Tyler Masters (Soph., 120 lbs.) chalked up a 12-3 major decision triumph. That put West Holmes out in front by a 31-0 margin.
The Bobcats would score back-to-back wins at 145 and 152 pounds, but the Knights’ Cruz Alexander got a fall win at 160 pounds, and two Cambridge forfeits at 170 and 182 sewed up the meet for the Knights with three bouts remaining.
Stephen Baldridge (195 lbs.) scored a fall win, and freshman Colt Cox bumped up a weight class to 220 pounds and came away with a pin for his first high school victory. The Bobcats would win the 285-pound bout by fall to close out the meet.
Coach Vaughn was impressed with Cox’s win. “That was a good match by Colt,” Vaughn said. “He bumped up a weight class, was aggressive, and took the kid to his back and got the pin for his first high school win. That was huge for Colt. That should be a confidence builder for him.”
For his win, coach Vaughn awarded the Knights Varsity Wrestling Hammer of the Week Award to Colt Cox.
The West Holmes junior varsity wrestlers went 5-for-5 against Cambridge.
Knights Jack Welsh (Fr., 106 lbs.), Corbin Miller (Fr., 113 lbs.), Kendel Weber (Soph., 120 lbs.), Justin Stapleton (Soph., 138 lbs.), and Braden Myers (Fr., 160 lbs.) all won their bouts, and all five scored fall wins.
With Cambridge struggling to fill all weights on their varsity squad, they had no junior varsity wrestlers. However, Bobcats head coach Tom Moore wanted to give his young varsity troops some extra mat time. Vaughn was all for it, so some of his junior varsity wrestlers did get a match.
Snow and Greer finish undefeated while six other Knights post winning records at Ed Goff JC meet
Nine junior varsity West Holmes wrestlers competed on Friday, Dec. 22 in the Ed Goff Junior Varsity Invitational at Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, where seven Knights posted winning marks in a tournament where there was no team scoring and no individual placement.
Leading the way were sophomore Jarek Snow (132 pounds) and Gavin Greer (Fr., 145 lbs.). They both recorded perfect marks on the day. Snow finished 5-0 with three fall wins while Greer went 4-0 with two falls.
Six other Knights ended the day with winning records. Corbin Miller (Fr., 113 lbs.) finished 3-1, and sophomores Kendel Weber (120 lbs.) and Josh Sayers (145 lbs.) both finished 4-1. Hayden Baker (Soph., 170 lbs.) ended his day at 3-1 while freshman Braden Myers (170 lbs.) scored a 2-1 mark. Sean Over (Fr., 126 lbs.) finished 3-2.
Knights blitz Bobcats in dual match-up
The West Holmes Middle School wrestling team improved to 4-0 in dual meets this season after a 82-6 shellacking of Cambridge on Wednesday, Dec. 20 in The Dungeon at West Holmes. The Knights went 6-1 in head-to-head bouts, receiving eight forfeit wins from the Bobcats.
Picking up the six head-to-head wins for the Knights were eighth-graders Dylan Strouse (98 lbs.), Zach Snow (104 lbs.), Conner Varnes (110 lbs.), Tucker Kaufman (116 lbs.), Matt Young (142 lbs.) and Dillon Miller (150 lbs.). All but Snow, 11-0 major decision win, scored fall wins.
Earning forfeit wins for WHMS were Mason Taylor (seventh grade, 80 lbs.), Blake Norman (seventh grade, 86 lbs.), Noah Tish (eighth grade, 92 lbs.), Austin Myers (seventh grade, 122 lbs.), Gage Marmet (eighth grade, 128 lbs.), Elisha Baldridge (134 lbs.), Noah Clark (eighth grade, 160 lbs.) and Collin Gardner (seventh grade, 205 lbs.).
“Tonight was a lot like the Dover dual last week in that we were more experienced and outnumbered them,” Knights middle school head wrestling coach Jeremy Dombrady said. “The bouts we did have, we wrestled really, really well.”
The Knights second-year middle school head coach also was impressed with the effort from Matt Young, tabbing the eighth-grader with the Knights Middle School Wrestling Hammer of the Week Award.
“Matt’s been out of the lineup the past few weeks, but he looked tonight like he never missed a beat,” Dombrady said of his award-winner. “That was good to see from Matt.”
Scoring exhibition match wins for the Knights were Beau Norman (seventh grade, 104 lbs.), Brayden Miller (seventh grade, 104 lbs.), Josh Carter (eighth grade, 110 lbs.), and Baldridge, Clark and Gabe Knapp (seventh grade, 205 lbs.).