Stars finish dual season with rout at So. Wells, 70-12
PONETO — In a dual wrestling meet that lasted 34 minutes, South Adams dominated ACAC rival Southern Wells with six falls and took five forfeits in a 70-12 victory.
The win concluded the Starfires dual-meet season at 13-7, while Southern Wells, which competed without standouts Ben Fiechter at 132 and Daniel Beeks at 138, fell to 7-22.
"It was what it was," stated South Adams coach Eric Myers.
"I thought we wrestled well tonight. (LJ) Moser looked good. He's just not where he wants to be," said the coach of his 120-pound senior, who returned to the lineup after missing several matches, including Class A State, because of suspension.
Moser was in the only six-minute match of the night, holding off a feisty Raiders' freshman T.C. Perry 13-3. Prior to that, SA's Sawyer Miller used a couple of cradles to get up on sophomore Drew Rockwell, then scored the 3:35 fall at 113 pounds. Adding in a pair of forfeits, the Stars led 22-0 after the Moser victory.
The Starfires' Eric Pimentel tried to fight off a tough single-leg attempt by the Raiders' Paul Renner, but ended up on his back and down 5-0 in the opening seconds at 126 pounds. He used a Peterson roll to close the gap to 5-4, and then used the same move to come back after another Renner takedown in period two. He caught Renner for a 2:35 fall.
"Pimentel ... he looked ugly, but a win's a win," commented Myers.
Matt Nussbaum used a headlock to down Austin Wells in 2:50 at 132. After Boaz Marbach and Isaiah Amstutz added in forfeit wins, the Stars led 46-0.
Gage Conner then used a headlock to dump Jacob Weldy in 1:17. Shea Pyle locked down Ethan Smith at 160 in 2:50 for the 58-zip lead.
Southern Wells won their only match as senior Michael McClain headlocked Nic Myers and survived a gator roll to come out on top for a 51-second win.
At 182, Starfires' standout Klayton Hinshaw gave up a takedown to big Jacob Stout, a strong sophomore. He utilized his quickness on a pair of shucks to get the lead and then locked in a side-cradle for the 3:32 fall. Myers noted that Hinshaw will be at 170 pounds for the postseason.
The Raiders took a forfeit at 195, and Mavrick Morningstar ended the meet the same way his younger brother, Mason, started it, with a forfeit win at 220.
"If you could find a bright spot, it was McClain getting that win in his final match in front of the home crowd," stated Southern Wells coach Ryan Landis.
"We were missing guys who usually give us a couple of wins, and that hurt. I was happier with the way we wrestled tonight, though, compared to the meet at Norwell. At least we had a little bit of effort. Several times we were in the match and just got caught."