BLUFF CITY — Happy Valley found the going very tough in the beginning of its split boys’ wrestling match with Sullivan East and South Greene on Thursday night at the Patriot Palace.
East scored a pin in nine of 14 matches in its 72-6 victory over Happy Valley with only Warrior sophomore Anthony Schwartz earning a win over the Patriots.
“We have a lot of experienced guys that are dedicated,” said Patriots head coach Tim Harris. “We have all our weight classes filled so we don’t give points away by forfeit. I thought our most competitive match was at 152 between Tanner Perry and Landon Baker.”
The Warriors dished it out in the second match with a 60-12 win over the Rebels. The Rebels program is in its infancy and South Greene only had seven wrestlers and had to forfeit six matches to HV.
Schwartz pinned East’s Victor Gomez in 1:40 of round one in the 160 pound weight class to give the Warriors their six points of the match.
“I thought he was stronger than me in the upper body,” Schwartz said. “We stood up and he locked up with me and it was hard to get away. Once he got close to me I was able to get his knee hooked and once I got him turned it was just leverage after that.”
The Warriors lost by points in the 113 lb class as Timmy Morris fell to Ryan Whitaker 5-4 in a hard-fought match, and in the 152 class where Baker fell to Perry by an 8-5 tally.
“Morris and Baker look like our best shots in the regional,” said HV head coach Randy Wood. “East is a very veteran team. Were still young, but by saying that I am not offering that as an excuse for why we lost. We got beat. Coming off the Christmas break we were not in our best shape.”
East scored pins by Paden King (120 lbs), Justin Smith (126), Steven Love (132), Frankie Steigall (138), Bailey Hodge (145) Nelson Elliot (170), Seth Embree (182), Billy Alston (195) and in the heavyweight class Hallie McQuality pinned Bradley Wishon.
In the second match HV looked like the veteran squad and posted five pin victories with Willie Wagers gaining a pin for SG in the 182 pound class for the only points of the match for the Rebels.
HV’s Matt Reynolds (132) pinned Samuel Jones in 51 seconds, Chris Burchfield earned a pin over Darren Densmore in the 145 class and it took Baker just 36 seconds to pin Kevin Burkley in the 152 pound class.
Aaron Akers pinned Cody Brobeck in the 170 pound class for the Warriors and James Hartley scored a pin against Dominick Hagan in the 195 class.
Wishon got revenge for his earlier loss with a decisive pin over Ethan Ingram in the heavyweight division.
There were several exhibition matches the followed with the ladies getting onto the mat. Lady Warrior Sara Mount pinned South Greene’s Tesla Dotson in the second period at the 5:10 mark.
Kiera Coffey was also a winner for Happy Valley as she pinned Allie Thacker in just 14 seconds. Schwartz wrestled up a weight class and pinned Berkley at 160 the pound class and in the final exhibition match of the evening Tyler Hubbard earned a win over Wagers at 220 pounds.
“I feel my best weight is 152 pounds,” said Schwartz. “I won a JV tournament in the Indian Classic at Dobyns-Bennett at 170 pounds and had two of my best matches at the Boone Duels.”