Se­nior night

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

The Eastside wrestling team sent its se­niors, Misha Fel­ton, Jesse Rainey, Justin Bernard, Ja­cob Wilder and Mitchell Trout­man, out with a win, de­feat­ing Salem 45-36 Wed­nes­day.

The Eastside Ea­gles var­sity wrestling team rounded out its home sched­ule with a Se­nior Night to re­mem­ber Wed­nes­day, de­feat­ing Salem 45-36.

The Ea­gles recoginized se­niors Misha Fel­ton, Jesse Rainey, Justin Bernard, Ja­cob Wilder and Mitchell Trout­man be­fore earn­ing eight in­di­vid­ual wins against the Seminoles.

Eastside won its first three con­tests, jump­ing out to an 18-0 lead be­fore clinch­ing the match with a Bernard vic­tory in the 145-pound bout.

"Our se­niors mean a lot to this pro­gram," Eastside coach Earl Larimer said. "This is my first class that Iv'e had go all the way through with me and it's spe­cial in that as­pect. They've been here since I've started, and they've added a lot to the pro­gram. I'm thank­ful for all of their con­tri­bu­tions."

Rainey led the Ea­gles off with a pin in the first round at 170 pounds, de­feat­ing Salem's Carl Hay­word for a 6-0 lead.

The Ea­gles won their next two bouts at 182 and 195 pounds, with Trout­man pin­ning Tyrell Mor­ton in the first round and Gar­rett Yates win­ning by for­feit.

Salem cut the Ea­gles' lead to 18-12 with backto-back pins, as Tyler Wil­liams and Zuri An­der­son pinned Don­ald Davenport and Ni­cholas Dun­event in the 220- and 285-pound bouts, re­spec­tively.

Eastside's Ro­drick Bo­ley won by for­feit at 106 pounds, but the Seminoles' Cody Thomas kept Salem within strik­ing dis­tance with a pin over Matthew Tewks­bury in the first round in the 113-pound bout.

The Ea­gles an­swered with three con­sec­u­tive wins at 120, 126 and 132 pounds. Levi Leach pinned Salem's Bran­don McKie at 120, and Fel­ton fol­lowed up Leach's pin with a first-round pin over Bran­den Mitchell at 126 pounds. Noah Sav­age won by a 13-9 de­ci­sion for Eastside, us­ing a re­ver­sal in the fi­nal five sec­onds to push Eastside's lead to 3918.

Salem won three of the fi­nal four matches, but Bernard clinched the match for the Ea­gles in the 145-pound bout, pin­ning Bryce Daw­son in the sec­ond round.

Salem won by for­feit at 138 pounds and picked up pins at 152 and 160 pounds for the 45-36 fi­nal.

The Eastside var­sity wrestling team hon­ored se­niors Misha Fel­ton, Jesse Rainey, Justin Bernard, Ja­cob Wilder and Mitchell Trout­man (top) Wed­nes­day night be­fore de­feat­ing Salem.

(Right) Eastside se­nior Misha Fel­ton records a first-round pin.

Matt Smith/The Cov­ing­ton News

(Above) Noah Sav­age re­verses his op­po­nent's move just be­fore time ex­pires to clinch a 13-9 de­ci­sion.

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