Loesers spark Wildcats' wrestling win over Saint James

December 15, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Williamsport's George Ardinger, left, is tied up by Saint James' Justin Pank during their 132-pound bout Thursday at Saint James.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

ST. JAMES — Williamsport commanded the mats Thursday night at Saint James School as the Wildcats won 10 out of the 14 bouts — including nine by pin — for a 57-18 victory over the Saints.

“We have a lot of good wrestlers and experience on this team,” Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. “They were all focused and, if they stay focused, they’re going to win a lot of matches.”

The tone of the night was set in the first match at 106 pounds as Barry Loeser pinned Omair Akmal in 3:44.

Barry was the first in the Loeser family to earn a victory over Saint James. Brothers Effie (145) and Ben (195) both followed with pins in their matches.

“All the Loesers wrestle well,” Rechtorovic said. “They all root for each other and are hard workers, which is paying off.”

Of the three brothers, Effie won his bout in the shortest time, pinning Kyle Titus-Glover in just 45 seconds, while Ben pinned Steven Hart in 1:15.

“It’s always fun when there’s families on the team,” Rechtorovic said.

The Wildcats built a 21-0 lead — winning the first four matches with three pins — before Saint James took a victory.

“We had four of our starters out tonight,” Saint James coach Aaron Williams said. “We knew Williamsport was a very good team, but that just made it tougher.”

Williamsport’s only decision of the night occurred at 120 pounds when Clinton Vance was awarded two points late in the third period by way of a technical violation in his bout against Michael Knable.

Those two points broke a 6-6 tie and Vance won the bout, 8-6.

The Saints (2-3) got their first victory of the night when Justin Pank (132) pinned George Ardinger.

“(Pank) is a sophomore, but he’s just an athlete,” Williams said. “He’s learning match by match and has a bright future.”

Williamsport’s supremacy began to fade down the stretch as Saint James won three of the last four matches.

Leighton Younger (182) won in a 13-7 decision over Jacob Cody, Oladipo Sadipe pinned Brandon Iseminger in 1:09 and Brady Burker (285) won a 3-1 decision over Zac Nalley.

“(Burker) is a senior and he continues to get better.” Williams said. “He’s kind of the silent leader on this team, he likes to lead by example.”

Williamsport 57, Saint James 18
106 — Barry Loeser (W) p. Omair Akmal, 3:44; 113 — Kenny Smith (W) p. Alex Wingerd, 1:44; 120 — Clinton Vance (W) d. Michael Knable, 8-6; 126 — Bryan Davis (W) p. Kevin Cooper, 3:16; 132 — Justin Pank (S) p. George Ardinger, 1:37; 138 — Killian Baker (W) p. Ray Chung, 0:46; 145 — Effie Loeser (W) p. Kyle Titus-Glover, 0:49; 152 — Justin Kennedy (W) p. Thomas Rocca, 1:15; 160 — Zach Shoemaker (W) p. Adam Hamrick, 2:10; 170 — Austin Keadle (W) p. Carl Thomas, 1:30; 182 — Leighton Younger (S) d. Jacob Cody, 13-7; 195 — Ben Loeser (W) p. Steven Hart, 1:15; 220 — Oladipo Sadipe p. Brandon Isminger, 1:09; 285 — Brady Burker d. Zac Nalley, 3-1.

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