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JB pins shorthanded Devils

January 06, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - If the other seven weight classes could have been contested like the seven that were wrestled Monday night, the James Buchanan vs. Greencastle-Antrim Mid-Penn Capital Division match might have gone down to the wire.

Instead, the outcome was all but decided before the match even began as JB won seven bouts by forfeit to win lopsidedly over its rival, 66-18.

"We only have seven guys on the team right now, so it's hard to win a dual meet," Greencastle heavyweight and senior captain Tony Miller said. "We came out here and all we fought for was pride."

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The battle for pride points was down-to-the-wire.

All seven matches wrestled Monday resulted in pins, with the Rockets (2-5, 2-4) winning the final two in come-from-behind fashion for a 4-3 edge in contested bouts won.

"We told the kids to be competitive and wrestle aggressively, like they thought they could win," Blue Devils coach Fred Yelton said. "It was exciting. It's just unfortunate that a couple of our kids made mistakes."

JB's Aaron Lynch turned his 2-1 deficit against Heath Myers into a second-period pin at 125, and Anthony Landis, who trailed Greencastle's Evan Strausner 4-0 at the end of the first period, reversed his way to a win by fall 21 seconds into the second period at 145.

"I just wanted to get out, basically," Landis said. "But he didn't lock the cradle and I just turned around."

Rockets coach Bill Mitchell said Landis and Lynch also used their heads.

"We wrestled smart those matches. We caught them and knew what to do," Mitchell said. "The kids are getting better. When they're down, they're not quitting.

"Greencastle's a big rival. The guys get pretty pumped up for them."

JB's other winners were T.J. Morris, who built a 13-0 lead on Eric Johnson before pinning him in 4:35 at 171, and Erik Corl, who, fresh off his Delone Catholic tourney title over the weekend, needed only 38 seconds to put away Dan Campbell.

"Corl's getting aggressive," Mitchell said. "He's wrestling phenomenally right now."

Greencastle (2-10, 1-3) got first-period pins from Josh Poper at 215 and Miller at 275 and a second-period pin from Zac Matthews at 103.

"We had three pins and two close matches that could have gone either way," Miller said. "Even though the score doesn't show it, I think as a team, with the numbers we have, that we did a good job."

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