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Indians come up light in lower weights

January 13, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Evan Reed's pin of West Perry's Gavin Kennedy in the 215-pound bout was supposed to be the fall that turned the match in favor of the Indians.

Instead, West Perry won four of the final six bouts to stave off Waynesboro 42-30 in Mid-Penn Colonial action Thursday night.

Reed pinned Kennedy in 3 minutes, 38 seconds in the eighth bout of the match to pull Waynesboro (2-7, 0-3) within 23-18 of West Perry (9-5), leaving Indians coach Aaron Taylor optimistic for a match victory.

"I thought 215 was going to swing the match. Evan more or less broke the kid and turned the momentum toward us," Taylor said. "I was thinking we were going to take 103 through 125 and win the match."

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The Indians won just two bouts in that stretch - James Brotemarkle's first-period pin of Mustafa Smith at 103 and John Rock's second-period pin of Jason McGloster at 125. After Matt Nell dropped an 8-3 overtime decision to West Perry's Sam Hernandez at 112, Kelly Rivera pinned Ian Smith at 119 to clinch the match for the Mustangs, who led 38-24 with two bouts remaining.

"When they pinned us at 215 I thought we were in big trouble," said West Perry coach Roger Austin. "We were very fortunate to win. Our guys at 112 and 119 came with a total of nine points. That was big."

Hernandez's overtime decision against Nell at 112 turned the tides back in favor of West Perry. A decision by Nell in overtime would have cut the West Perry lead to 29-27, but Hernandez scored a takedown and near fall in the extra period to give the Mustangs a 32-24 advantage.

"(Hernandez) just kept backing up and I think Matt got a little frustrated and started taking some bad shots," Taylor said.

The Indians twice cut the deficit to five points after dropping the first three bouts to the strength of West Perry - its middleweights. Zach Kell pinned Heath Daniel in 54 seconds at 135, Adam Hancock notched a second-period pin of Matt Hutton at 140 and Eli Kell earned a 15-0 technical decision over Mitch Walck at 145 to give West Perry an early 17-0 lead.

Victor Morningstar - who moved up to fill in for the injured John Brunner - stopped the bleeding at 152 with a 6-4 decision over Dan Shaffer and Ryan Hight followed at 160, surviving two penalties that disrupted the flow of the match, to hold off Jordan Divens, 13-12.

Tim Reihner picked up the quickest fall for Waynesboro, pinning Rob Lucas in 1:09 at 189, setting up Reed's upset of Kennedy at 215 to pull the Indians to within a pin of the lead.

"After the pin at 215 we had them against the ropes, but we just couldn't keep it going," Taylor said. "The basic thing is we just can't get pinned like we did tonight."

West Perry pinned the Indians in five of its eight winning bouts.

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