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BERNE— South Adams earned five falls, took a pair of forfeits and rebuffed match-time strategy by Southern Wells coach Ryan Landis in two other slots in a 45-19 ACAC wrestling win over the Raiders Friday night at the Stardome.
"They kind of played games, so we had our guys ready, and they stepped in and got the job done," stated South Adams coach Barry Humble, who has written a few books of his own about match manipulation.
"They thought that maybe they could catch us off guard and we would toss (Boaz) Marbach out there at 145, and then they could win at 152, but I saw that coming," said Humble. "Marbach and (Raider) T.C. Perry ended up wrestling against each other anyway, but at 152 instead of 145. And at 160 they had announced a forfeit, but threw a kid out there. Our guys were ready."
Marbach scored a 10-3 win over Perry, and SA freshman Corbin Blomeke needed just 31 seconds to headlock and toss Brennen Rinehart at 160 pounds. At 145, Starfire Drew Pollard dropped down and pinned Damian Walden in 1:13 for the Stars' first win of the night, ruining the Southern Wells maneuver.
Blomeke's win put the Starfires up 9-6. Gage Conner at 170, Klayton Hinshaw at 182, and Kyle Kilsby at 220 all followed with falls, and Dakota Pugsley took his six-pointer at 195 as the Stars ran the lead to 39-6, clinching the 10th dual meet win over the season for the Starfires and coach Barry Humble.
Of course, Humble could make the switch at 145 and 152 because he could. "Most of my kids weigh a weight class under what they are wrestling, so that gives us a chance to slide guys around," said Humble of the one advantage of wrestling-light.
The Starfires were without two of their top wrestlers as Sawyer Miller at 120 missed the meet with a stiff back, and heavyweight Andrew Beachey, who has successfully returned from a broken hand, missed because of another obligation Friday night.
Both are slated to be in the lineup on Tuesday when the 10-9 Starfires host No. 16 Bellmont.
Humble lost no points with his heavy hitters gone. He put in frosh Braxton Cole, listed at 113, in at 120 to accept a forfeit, and Southern Wells did not have their heavyweight on hand, so that division turned into a double-forfeit.
The Starfires lost four decisions to the Raiders (3-13), and at 106 the Raiders' Steven Jones caught Kadin Gerber and scored a 2:50 fall.
"We didn't slow down (our training) for this match, not that we are trying to disrespect anybody, but we knew we needed a lot of work, so we worked hard all the way through yesterday," said Humble, noting that some of his younger wrestlers weren't as sharp as they might have been.
The meet started with Raider Briar Beeks topping Josh Lahr 9-3 at 132. Junior Daniel Beeks then stopped Matt Nussbaum 9-2 at 138. Pollard put the Stars on the board with his first period fall, and Marbach hit a couple of butt drag takedowns and added a three-point nearfall all in the second period in his decision over Perry, who scored a late takedown to slice the match score to 10-3, avoiding a major decision loss.