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Greencastle wrestlers salvage what they can from loss to rival Indians

January 29, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Waynesboro wrestling coach Eric Mowen didn't know if Ian Smith, Jesse Mowen and Dan Mazzei had ever all lost in the same dual meet.

It happened Thursday night against rival Greencastle-Antrim, but the bouts that led up to that unlikely sequence made it meaningless to the outcome of the match -- No. 1 Waynesboro still cruised to a 50-21 victory.

"It's always important to get out to a big lead and (Greencastle) helped us with a couple of forfeits," Eric Mowen said. "With the matches that we were in, we didn't do so well ... At 152, 160 and 171, we didn't look our sharpest there. I think we made it a little closer than it should have been."

Waynesboro (11-4) won the first eight bouts -- three pins, three forfeits, an overtime decision and a major decision -- to clinch the match with a 43-0 lead. Smith, Jesse Mowen and Mazzei all had chances to extend the margin, but none did.

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Smith bumped up from 145 pounds to wrestle Greencastle junior Dylan Schaeffer at 152. Smith broke a scoreless tie by scoring an escape seconds into the second period before Schaeffer regrouped with a takedown with 1:34 left. He maintained control before muscling Smith's shoulders to the mat in 3:27.

"I give Waynesboro credit for bumping (Smith) up to wrestle Dylan," said Greencastle coach Fred Yelton. "It helps both of them to have a competitive match this late in the season."

Devin Schaeffer followed against Jesse Mowen at 160, a bout that was scoreless until the second-period buzzer when Mowen was penalized a point for stalling. Schaeffer wasted no more time, catching Mowen just 10 seconds into the third period.

Todd DeWalt trailed Mazzei 1-0 entering the third period and tied the bout with an escape with 46 seconds left. DeWalt scored the winning takedown with 10 seconds left and surrendered only an escape in the final seconds to survive 3-2, avenging a 5-1 loss to Mazzei at the Hub Cup earlier this month.

"The Greencastle kids (at 152, 160 and 171) pushed the issue and earned the wins," Eric Mowen said. "Those kids have good records and we knew they weren't going to be pushovers."

Neither was 215-pounder Denton Ensminger, who pinned Todd Barkdoll in 3:04 -- the fourth and final win for Greencastle (2-7).

Otherwise, it was all Waynesboro. Isaac Swink (103) and Jacob Smith (112) opened the match with back-to-back pins. Forfeits to Jonah Smith (119) and Trey Andree (125) gave the Indians a 24-0 lead.

Derek Wagaman edged Bobby McPherson 4-2 in overtime at 130, Brandon Beltz took a forfeit at 135 and T.R. Rook scored a first-period pin at 140 to give Waynesboro a 39-0 lead.

Caleb Lamora saw some rare varsity action at 145 when he stepped in and shut out Aaron Miller for an 8-0 major decision.

"Overall the kids that wrestled and won did well," Eric Mowen said. "I'm happy with the performance, but at the same time I'm a little disappointed."

Waynesboro won only two of the last six matches -- Shane McFerren handled Ken Reid 14-2 at 189, and Marvin Gaskill topped Robbie Patton 11-4 at 285 to end the match.

"We're really happy with the way things worked out," Yelton said. "Waynesboro is close and this is a rivalry and the kids showed that they were ready to go."

Waynesboro 50, Greencastle 21
103 -- Isaac Swink (Wa) p. Rusty Pine, 1:04; 112 -- Jacob Smith (Wa) p. Brenden McLaughlin, 3:05; 119 -- Jonah Smith (Wa) fft.; 125 -- Trey Andree (Wa) fft.; 130 -- Derek Wagaman (Wa) d. Bobby McPherson, 4-2 (OT); 135 -- Brandon Beltz (Wa) fft.; 140 -- T.R. Rook (Wa) p. Brennan Bickford, 1:03; 145 -- Caleb Lamore (Wa) m.d. Aaron Miller, 8-0; 152 -- Dylan Schaeffer (GA) p. Ian Smith, 3:27; 160 -- Devin Schaeffer (GA) p. Jesse Mowen, 4:10; 171 -- Todd DeWalt (GA) d. Dan Mazzei, 3-2; 189 -- Shane McFerren (Wa) m.d. Ken Reid, 16-2; 215 -- Denton Ensminger (GA) p. Todd Barkdoll, 3:04; 285 -- Marvin Gaskill (Wa) d. Robbie Patton, 11-4.

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