South freshman John Showe (103) started off with a surprise victory over Rob Wells, who was 9-1 coming into the match. Although Wells was stronger, Showe used a tilt for back points to cap his 6-4 decision. North's Ian Young (112) answered with three ankle picks in his 10-8 decision over Shawn Baker. Hubs Richie Dean (119) and David Curry (119) each registered pins to put North ahead.
Senior Rebel Jeremy Wiles (130) moved to 7-1 on the season with a 10-6 decision over Seth Staley. Wiles, who couldn't get the first takedown with a single-leg, promptly switched to a double. Using a tight waist grip and a very aggressive style, Wiles never relinquished his lead and gave North a 15-6 cushion.
State-ranked senior Kane Staley (135), who is now 13-3, took just 1:39 to snap down, take down and pin Troy Butts. Jason Romberger (140) took longer, but still pinned Aaron Zimmerman 12 seconds before the end of the match.
In the 145-pound bout, little happened until the third period, when South's Dave Boyer rallied for a takedown and got put on his back by Ryan Romberger for a 9-3 decision.
South was showing plenty of heart, but inexperience was taking its toll. Then Rebel freshman Bo Repp (152) outlasted Chris Demshire, 5-0. His teammate Rob Herr( 160), in a very emotional match-up, decisioned John Skrabak, 5-1. Junior Jason Priecko (171) roared onto the mat, pinning Terry Harnish in 1:12, pulling the Rebels within 30-18.
Enter North freshman Jeff Seidman (189), who pinned his freshman opponent Jake Howell just as fast, to a giant roar from the Hubs fans. Luke Englund (HWT) received a forfeit, but it didn't matter.
"It's a slow learning process," said South coach Brian Brake. "Our kids are in good shape, and they keep improving."