VANDALIA — The Northmont wrestling team fought its way out of a 26-26 deadlock Friday at Vandalia to score a 48-26 victory by winning the final five matches against the Aviators.
Northmont scored three pins and two major decisions in the final five matches to earn the victory.
“That really put us over the top to give us the 22 point win,” said Northmont Coach Scott Newburg.
The Thunderbolts won nine of the 13 contested matches and surrendered six points due to a forfeit in the 126 pound weight class.
“I thought we did a really good job,” Newburg said. “We were aggressive on our feet and scored 17 take downs to their nine, which is always our goal to try to double what our opponents have in that category. We also try to get the first take down in every match and we got eight first take downs to their five. Overall I thought we wrestled well. I think we improved from how we performed at our wrestling premier the week before.”
Three of Northmont’s five freshmen won matches. Luke Holloway (106 pounds) won a by a pin of 26 seconds vs Khali Brooks. Hunter Terrell (138 pounds) scored a pin (5:59) against Mason Motter and Gabe Newburg (182 pounds) scored a 10-2 major decision against James Walker.
“Having three freshmen win gives us a lot of confidence as we head for Michigan this week for the Howell Highlander Invitational,” Newburg noted. “Some of the wrestlers we’ve had a round for a couple of years are doing a great job working with our younger kids. I think if we keep working and improving I think we will be a solid team by the time the end of the season rolls around.”
Chuck Saul, who wrestles in the 220 pound weight class, was named ‘Champion of the Week.’
“Chuck did a great job in his match,” Newburg added. “We stress that as soon as you get an escape that you attack your opponent instead of standing up and taking a breather like a lot of wrestlers will do. He did a real good job getting three points off of immediate attacks, so that’s why he was named Champion of the Week.
Northmont will participate in the Howell (Michigan) High School Highlander Classic all day Saturday, an invitational tournament featuring some of the top wrestlers in Michigan.
106 pounds: Khali Books (B) lost by pin (26 seconds) to Luke Holloway.
113 pounds: David Jobe (B) lost by pin (41 seconds) to Chad Craft.
120 pounds: Josh Suddeth (B) lost by major decision 17-3 to Chase Craft.
126 pounds: Northmont forfeit.
132 pounds: Bailey Suddeth (B) won a by major decision 20-9 vs Ezra Smith.
138 pounds: Mason Motter (B) lost by pin (5:59) to Hunter Terrill.
145 pounds: Kendall Rucker (B) lost by pin (3:02) to Josh Winston.
152 pounds: Nick Coyle (B) won by pin (1:52 vs Weston Hoening.
160 pounds: Ethan Currett (B) won by major decision 14-5 vs Solomon Miller.
170 pounds: Dustin Stevenson (B) won by pin (3:20) vs Bryan Heyward.
182 pounds: James Walker (B) lost by major decision 10-2 to Gabe Newburg.
195 pounds: Ben Sipos (B) lost by pin (16 seconds) to Dylan Moran.
220 pounds: Trevor Kovacs (B) lost an 11-0 major decision to Chuck Saul.
285 pounds: Will Long (B) lost by pin (1:02) to David Henson.
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind