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Gustines extends streak, but Cougars lose to Williamsport

January 26, 2007|by JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Extending his undefeated record Thursday night was OK for Jefferson senior wrestler Colton Gustines, though a state title at the end of the season would be much nicer.

It begs the question - why not both?

"That might be good," Gustines said with a smile minutes after defeating Williamsport's Earl Neville in their 119-pound match during a 57-28 Wildcats win.

Gustines was one of five Cougars to notch wins, though he was the only one who didn't do it by fall. He won 10-1, putting his season record at 27-0.

Gustines took third in the state last year at 112, compiling a 37-2 record along the way. As a sophomore, he was fourth at 103 with a 31-5 record. He was 32-8 as a freshman.

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The third in a line of wrestling Gustines, he's looking to grab the family's first state title. Brother Codie placed three times.

He had to grind out a win against Neville, who kept the match scoreless for almost the entire first period and trailed 4-1 after the second.

"He's strong. He kept pretty good position," Gustines said. "He was tough to score on."

Neville might have exerted too much energy to get that one point on an escape, however. He and Gustines battled for almost a minute until he finally got away.

Gustines said he felt Neville wear down a little after that, stating, "I started pushing more on him after that."

A flurry of moves extended his lead to 7-1 with 1:08 left in the match. He scored a nearfall with only a handful of seconds remaining.

A midseason win, no matter how far the winning streak extends, isn't what Gustines is looking for. That doesn't stop him from pretending it's the end of the year, though.

"I always go out there like it's the state finals," he said.

There were only a few bright spots for the Cougars other than Gustines, with Williamsport taking nine of the final 10 matches of the night, including three forfeits at the three heaviest weight classes.

Peter Smith started the run at 130 by pinning Dustin Carter in 4:50, and it continued with Robbie Mies' extra-period 17-15 win over Elias Becker at 135. The match had to be stopped several times because Mies' nose was bleeding.

He scored five points in the final 10 seconds of the third period to force the one-minute sudden-death overtime.

Todd Judd (140) won by fall in 38 seconds over Eric Rozich, and Jesse Duvall (145) pinned Jacob Blake in 3:44.

Jefferson's Dylan Nick broke the streak at 152, pinning Codi Trumpower in 3:11, but Jimmy Fiorita (160) pinned Blaine Thomas in 1:31.

The final match featured Lake McDonald (171) pinning John Spotford in 3:25.

Drew Williams (189), Tony Fidle (215) and Brandon Norris (heavyweight) claimed forfeit wins.

For Jefferson, Chris Ho (103) pinned Dakota Leggett in 1:26, Devin Raines (112) pinned Mark Mayo in 5:44 and Tony Detti (125) pinned Brandon Morales with eight seconds left and a 7-5 lead.

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