Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wrestling: Wildcats claw past Streaks in nightcap

High Point and Warren Hills found out a lot about their respective wrestling teams on Saturday. And most of it was positive.

Both the Wildcats and Blue Streaks went 2-1 on the day, as High Point earned an impressive 38-24 victory over host Warren Hills in a very competitive quad meet in Washington.

High Point (3-1) started the day with a tough 29-28 defeat to Howell -- losing on Criteria No. 8 which is most first points scored. Coach John Gardner's squad rebounded nicely with a 40-21 pasting of Timber Creek in the middle portion. All in all, Gardner liked what he saw from his 'Cats.

"It was a good day here. Our kids wrestled well," said Gardner, who picked up career win No. 250 against Timber Creek. "Something for us that was a little more important than being good was that we showed some toughness today."

Warren Hills (6-1) was unable to make it three in a row as the grueling three-match schedule took its toll, according to coach Jarrett Hosbach. The Blue Streaks rallied twice in wins over Timber Creek (36-35) and Howell (31-26). None of the four teams involved went 3-0, as South Jersey power Timber Creek, considered by some to be top five in New Jersey, was the only school to lose all three.

"I thought we looked mentally tired [against High Point]," said Hosbach, whose team posted a 43-22 win over Belvidere on Friday night. "It's something we have to work on. We told the kids that if you get in the wrestlebacks at regions, you can wrestle three emotional matches in one day. We saw great competition here and maybe we raised the bar as to where we think we are as a team."

Freshman Jared Kobis got High Point off to a great start with his 3-2 win over Warren Hills junior Tai Adetula, a Region 1 qualifier, in the first bout at 120 pounds. Connor McHugh followed with a surprising pin of District 1 placewinner John Fluck at 126 and the 'Cats held a 9-0 lead.

Senior state qualifier Joe Kratochvil stopped the bleeding, albeit temporarily, with his 3-2 win over District 3 champion Mike Derin at 132. A takedown with 1:08 left sealed the win, as Warren Hills trailed, 9-3. But High Point rolled off three straight wins at 138 through 152 to take a commanding 20-3 lead.

Junior Chris Auer's 5-3 win in an overtime rideout was another big blow to Warren Hills' chances.

"They do a very good job of breaking your spirit," Hosbach said of High Point.

Evan Butka kept the Streaks' hopes alive with a 7-5 win in sudden victory at 160, but High Point junior Antonio Porraspita squashed any further thoughts of a comeback with his 5-1 win over Ryan Ostir at 170 to put the 'Cats up 23-6 with six bouts to go. Bobby McDonnell's pin at 220 sealed the victory.

"You keep stringing wins together and before you know it, you're too far back," Gardner said.

Sophomore Dom Gallo, who won 16 matches last season but was squeezed out of the postseason lineup, capped a 3-0 day with a 58-second pin of talented Warren Hills sophomore Austin Pidoto at 106.

"He's tough and a good kid," Gardner said of Gallo. "He was a little undersized last year. This year he has the opportunity to make some things happen."

High Point trailed, 25-19, with three bouts left against Howell before rallying back to tie it. Kyle Stoll started it with a pin of Nathan Litowsky at 195, but Drew Bye dropped a 3-1 decision at 220, and the 'Cats were down 28-25 going into the final bout at 285.

McDonnell came through with a clutch 4-0 win over Joe Sportiello -- making it 28-28 on the scoreboard as referee Joe Benvenuto headed to the scorer's table to run down the tiebreakers. Bouts were even at 7-7, as were pins (2-2) and major decisions (1-1). Criteria No. 8 -- most first points scored -- was in Howell's favor at 13-10 and the Shore Conference team was declared the winner.

Gardner pleaded a losing case to Benvenuto, as his contention was that Stoll should have gotten back points for his pin. But Stoll started the period on top in a 0-0 match and the points were never awarded before the pin.

Freshman Kris Lindemann's 10-2 major of Derin at 126 was particularly crippling, given the fact that he gave up a reversal in the final seconds to give away the major. That one team point was critical as it turned out.

Warren Hills set the gym on its collective ear -- twice -- as it rallied with four straight pins to close the match and beat Timber Creek. Ostir started the run at 170, as Steve Cleaver, Ryan Witner and Andrew Pacheco followed suit. On a down note, Streaks junior Nate Detrick was lost for the final two matches after defaulting just 16 seconds into his 152-pound bout against the Chargers.

Things looked dicey after Creek's Isiah DeGuzman decked Kevin Bundschuh in 4:43 at 138. Bundschuh led 3-0 at one point in the second period. John Amato also earned a big 4-2 win in sudden victory against Warren Hills' Max Nauta in a battle of state qualifiers.

The Streaks mounted another thrilling comeback against Howell, as Pidoto stuck Mikey Sisolak in the final bout at 106 to give them a five-point win. Pidoto (6-1) trailed, 4-2, after two periods. After a reversal, he put Sisolak to his back and got the pin in 5:04 as the Warren Hills bench and fans roared in approval.

Cleaver and Witner also registered key pins, and Pacheco a major, to set up Pidoto's heroics.

"I hope we have [wins like these] every day," Hosbach said smiling. "It was fun."

WARREN HILLS 36, TIMBER CREEK 35

106 – Austin Pidoto, WH, d. Alex Tran, 7-5.
113 – John Amato, TC, d. Max Nauta, 4-2 SV.
120 – Tai Adetula, WH, p. Joey DiMartino, 2:23.
126 – Nick Virgilio, TC, p. John Fluck, 1:18.
132 – Joe Kratochvil, WH, d. Lorenzo Ruggiero, 6-3.
138 – Isiah DeGuzman, TC, p. Kevin Bundschuh, 4:43.
145 – Brandon Keller, TC, md. Tom Rush, 12-1.
152 – Keith Bauberger, TC, injury default over Nate Detrick, :16.
160 – Dom Ruggierrio, TC, md. Evan Butka, 10-2.
170 – Bryce Shade, TC, p. Xavier Adetula, 1:00.
182 – Ryan Ostir, WH, p. Justin Gonzalez, 2:50.
195 – Steve Cleaver, WH, p. Kashon Gordan, 2:09.
220 – Ryan Witner, WH, p. Joe Morrett, 3:17.
285 – Andrew Pacheco, WH, p. Isaiah Hardy, 1:27.
Records – Warren Hills 5-0, Timber Creek 1-1.

HOWELL 29, HIGH POINT 28*

106 – Dom Gallo, HP, p. Mikey Sisolak, :28.
113 – Jimmy Slendorn, H, p. Leo Haines, :54.
120 – Jared Kobis, HP, md. Anthony Piazza, 10-0.
126 – Kris Lindemann, H, md. Mike Derin, 10-2.
132 – Connor McHugh, HP, d. James Sisolak, 10-4.
138 – Ben Esposito, H, d. Collin Grimm, 5-3.
145 – Jason Gaccione, HP, d. Ashanti Maurice, 10-8.
152 – Tommy Hooker, HP, d. Matt Lindemann, 6-2.
160 – Casey Fecht, H, d. Moses Yasin, 8-5.
170 – Joey Schultz, H, d. Antonio Porraspita, 8-3 SV.
182 – Stephen Boncimino, H, p. Ryan Olinger, :55.
195 – Kyle Stoll, HP, p. Nathan Litowsky, 2:27.
220 – Kyle Cocozza, H, d. Drew Bye, 3-1.
285 – Bobby McDonell, HP, d. Joe Sportiello, 4-0.
Note: Howell wins on Criteria No. 8 (most first points scored).
Records – High Point 1-1; Howell 2-0.

WARREN HILLS 31, HOWELL 26
113 – Jimmy Slendorn, H, d. Max Nauta, 4-2.
120 – Tai Adetula, WH, d. Anthony Piazza, 3-1.
126 – Kris Lindemann, H, d. John Fluck, 7-3.
132 – Joe Kratochvil, WH, d. James Sisolak, 6-4.
138 – Ben Esposito, H, md. Kevin Bundschuh, 10-1.
145 – Jack Rada, H, d. Tom Rush, 2-1.
152 – Ashanti Maurice, H, md. Anthony Roessner, 19-9.
160 – Joey Schultz, H, d. Evan Butka, 8-2.
170 – Ryan Ostir, WH, d. Casey Fecht, 7-3.
182 – Steve Cleaver, WH, p. Nathan Litowsky, 5:32.
195 – Ryan Witner, WH, p. Stephen Boncimino, 2:36.
220 – Kyle Raposa, H, p. Tyler Bridygham, 2:33.
285 – Andrew Pacheco, WH, md. Joe Sportiello, 10-1.
106 – Austin Pidoto, WH, p. Mikey Sisolak, 5:04.
Records – Warren Hills 6-0; Howell 2-1.

HIGH POINT 40, TIMBER CREEK 21
113 – John Amato, TC, p. Leo Haines, :43.
120 – Jared Kobis, HP, d. Joey DiMartino, 3-1.
126 – Mike Derin, HP, p. Nick Virgilio, :38.
132 – Chris Auer, HP, d. Lorenzo Ruggiero, 6-4.
138 – Isiah DeGuzman, TC, d. Collin Grimm, 4-2.
145 – Jason Gaccione, HP, forfeit.
152 – Keith Bauberger, TC, d. Tommy Hooker, 3-1 SV.
160 – Dom Ruggierrio, TC, d. Moses Yasin, 6-0.
170 – Bryce Shade, TC, p. Nick Carriera, :21.
182 – Antonio Porraspita, HP, d. Justin Gonzalez, 5-0.
195 – Kyle Stoll, HP, forfeit.
220 – Bobby McDonnell, HP, d. Joe Morrett, 6-0.
285 – Gunny Wassong, HP, p. Isaiah Hardy, 3:08.
106 – Dom Gallo, HP, md. Alex Tran, 9-1.
Records – High Point 2-1; Timber Creek 1-2.

HIGH POINT 38, WARREN HILLS 24
120 – Fr. Jared Kobis (6-0), HP, d. Jr. Tai Adetula (5-2), 3-2.
126 – Sr. Connor McHugh (5-1), HP, p. So. John Fluck (3-4), :40.
132 – Sr. Joe Kratochvil (6-0), WH, d. So. Mike Derin (3-2), 3-2.
138 – Jr. Chris Auer (5-0), HP, d. Sr. Kevin Bundschuh (4-3), 5-3 OT2 rideout.
145 – So. Jason Gaccione (7-0), HP, md. Sr. Tom Rush (0-7), 15-4.
152 – Jr. Tommy Hooker (5-2), HP, md. Fr. Anthony Roessner (0-2), 9-1.
160 – Jr. Evan Butka (3-4), WH, d. Sr. Moses Yasin (2-5), 7-5 SV.
170 – Jr. Antonio Porraspita (5-2), HP, d. Jr. Ryan Ostir (5-1), 5-1.
182 – Jr. Steve Cleaver (5-1), WH, p. Fr. Ryan Carriera (0-3), 1:46.
195 – Jr. Kyle Stoll (6-0), HP, d. Jr. Ryan Witner (5-2), 6-2.
220 – Jr. Bobby McDonnell (6-1), HP, p. Sr. Tyler Bridygham (1-5), 1:07.
285 – So. Andrew Pacheco (6-1), WH, p. So. Henry Kuperus (0-1), 3:22.
106 – So. Dom Gallo (7-0), HP, p. So. Austin Pidoto (6-1), :58.
113 – So. Max Nauta (3-3), WH, forfeit.
Records – Warren Hills 6-1; High Point 3-1.

HOWELL 37, TIMBER CREEK 24
120 – Anthony Piazza, H, d. Joey DiMartino, 7-3.
126 – Nick Virgilio, TC, p. Nick Braiuca, 3:44.
132 – Kris Lindemann, H, p. Lorenzo Ruggiero, 5:35.
138 – Ben Esposito, H, d. Brandon Virgilio, 6-3.
145 – Jack Rada, H, md. Alex Carpenter, 15-5.
152 – Ashanti Maurice, H, d. Keith Bauberger, 3-1.
160 – Dom Ruggierrio, TC, p. Joey Schultz, 1:57.
170 – Bryce Shade, TC, p. Casey Fecht, 2:08.
182 – Nathan Litowsky, H, p. Justin Gonzalez, 1:09.
195 – Kashon Gordan, TC, d. Stephen Boncimino, 4-3.
220 – Kyle Cocozza, H, d. Joe Morrett, 4-0.
285 – Joe Sportiello, H, p. Nick Spero, 3:23. 
106 – Anthony Gagliano, H, d. Alex Tran, 6-5.
113 – John Amato, TC, d. Jimmy Slendorn, 5-3.
Records – Howell 3-1; Timber Creek 1-3.

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