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Devils use fast start to pin JB

December 16, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

The Greencastle-Antrim wrestling team prepared for this season by racing up and down the steps inside the high school.

Through five bouts Monday night against James Buchanan, the Blue Devils made it look like they could have got ready by just riding an escalator.

Greencastle took each of those bouts -- three by pin -- to build a 24-0 lead and the Blue Devils coasted to a 42-25 home victory, its first of the season.

"Our conditioning has been great. We even looked great in our first match against Boiling Springs, so I'm very happy with our conditioning," said Greencastle coach Fred Yelton. "Overall the guys came out very aggressive and we got the bonus points when we needed them."

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Tyler Ezolt opened the match with a pin of William Rose in 3 minutes, 42 seconds at 145 pounds. Dylan Schaeffer followed with a first-period pin of Tyler Zegar at 152 before Devin Schaeffer (160) and Todd DeWalt (171) each scored 8-2 decisions to give the Blue Devils an 18-0 lead.

DeWalt avenged last season's loss to Nathan Dick, when lost in a second-period pin.

"Any time you can get a win against anybody, it's nice," Yelton said. "But it's nicer to get one against one of your rivals."

Cody Ezolt survived a hotly contested bout with Tim Rock at 189, scoring a third-period reversal for an 8-7 lead before getting the pin in 5:10 to up the Greencastle lead to 24-0.

"We wrestled a poor match and it showed," said James Buchanan coach Matt Gordon.

James Buchanan finally got points when Alex Buterbaugh scored a 6-1 decision against Ken Reid at 215.

But Greencastle (1-1) followed with first-period pins by heavyweight Denton Ensminger and Rusty Pine at 103 before Brenden McGlaughlin took a forfeit at 112 to give the Blue Devils a 42-3 lead, clinching the match.

The Rockets (0-2) salvaged an otherwise unsuccessful night by winning the final five bouts. Joey Clipp fell two points shy of a tech fall against Blake Ryder at 119, Trevor Meyers scored a 5-1 decision against Perry McGlaughlin at 125, Todd Meyers pinned Bobby McPherson in 5:08 at 130, Dylan Upperman edged Jordan Iadzinski 4-2 at 135, and Nathan Rummel concluded the match by taking a forfeit at 140.

"Some of our light guys stepped up toward the end," Gordon said. "We got good wins at (125 and 130) and another one from Joey Clipp at 119. The lighter guys wrestled well, but I was disappointed in the heavier kids."

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