Bull­dogs crush Clip­pers

Times-Record - - Front Page - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@stardem.com

— The un­beaten Bull­dogs made a 10-1 team look like a 1-10 team Mon­day evening at James M. Ben­nett High.

Af­ter a loss by pin­fall to open the dual-meet, North Caro­line High’s wrestling team won the next 12 bouts, nine by pin­fall and one by in­jury de­fault, on its way to a dom­i­nat­ing 67-12 vic­tory over the Clip­pers.

North Caro­line cruised to its 12th-straight vic­tor y head­ing into Wed­nes­day’s match against the South Bay­side’s top team, un­beaten Stephen De­catur (12-0).

— The un­beaten Bull­dogs made a 10-1 team look like a 1-10 team Mon­day evening at James M. Ben­nett High.

Af­ter a loss by pin­fall to open the dual-meet, North Caro­line High’s wrestling team won the next 12 bouts, nine by pin­fall and one by in­jury de­fault, on its way to a dom­i­nat­ing 67-12 vic­tory over the Clip­pers.

The loss was just the sec­ond of the sea­son for James M. Ben­nett, which dropped its sea­son-opener be­fore reel­ing off 10 straight vic­to­ries.

North Caro­line cruised to its 12th-straight vic­tory head­ing into Wed­nes­day’s match against the South Bay­side’s top team, un­beaten Stephen De­catur (12-0).

“The team wres­tled great. We did what we had to do,” said Bull­dogs 170-pounder Tyler Bauer. “We ex­e­cuted well. We were back­ing up ev­ery­body. Good com­ments and pos­i­tive vibes from ev­ery­body on the chairs here. Ev­ery­body just push­ing for ever ybody and we ended up wrestling pretty well. The snow­ball started rolling early and kept go­ing down the hill, got big­ger and big­ger.”

The Clip­pers opened against North Caro­line with a vic­tory at 106 pounds. Nico Damingo scored two take­downs and two back points for a 6-0 lead against Ryan Hin­kle be­fore earn­ing a pin­fall 47 sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod. Ben­nett didn’t win again un­til the fi­nal bout at 285 pounds. Corian Mills decked North Caro­line’s Tyreik Fran­cos in 54 sec­onds.

Be­tween those two bouts, the Bull­dogs to­tally dom­i­nated be­gin­ning with Brett Blue’s some­what un­ex­pected pin­fall, in 5:24, over Ben­nett’s Char­lie Mann. With 50 sec­onds re­main­ing in the bout and Blue up 6-3, both wrestlers shot for con­trol at the same time, but Blue gained an ad­van­tage and car­ried his mo­men­tum to a pin with 36 sec­onds to go, ty­ing the team score at 6-6.

“There are al­ways a cou­ple matches that are toss-ups,” said Bull­dogs head coach Tim Frey. “We got those wins and some of them were pins also, so that makes a big dif­fer­ence. We got a win at 113. That was a flip-flop match that we weren’t sure of. Their one starter wasn’t there, so that cre­ated a flip-flop match and stuff like that.”

Reilly McIntyre put the Bull­dogs in front to stay with a pin­fall over Gene Wil­liams at 120 pounds. McIntyre led only 1-0 mid­way through the bout be­fore earn­ing a take­down and two near-fall points for a 5-0 lead at the end of two pe­ri­ods. Wil­liams chose the neu­tral po­si­tion to open the third, and McIntyre ag­gres­sively earned a take­down 20 sec­onds into the pe­riod lead­ing to the fall at 4:51.

North Caro­line’s Ryan Bauer dis­patched Aaron Tor­res in 2:50 at 126 pounds for the Bull­dogs’ third-straight pin to make it 18-6. NC’s Rhian Sil­s­ley fol­lowed with 15-2 ma­jor de­ci­sion over Zack John­son at 132 pounds for a 22-6 lead.

North Caro­line’s Seth Lay­ton (138 pounds) then decked Jeremy Cope in 2:22 and Trenton Hil­lard (145) won by in­jury de­fault over Tan­ner Harro at 1:05.

Cody Holder (152) and Tyler Ri­ley (160) fol­lowed with con­sec­u­tive sec­ond-pe­riod pins over Matt Brent and Kyson Watkins, re­spec­tively, in­creas­ing the Bull­dogs lead to 46-6.

Three more pins by Tyler Bauer (170), Martin Rivera (182), and Noah Schall (195) made it 64-6.

Alex Grable and An­gel Tril­lio then pro­duced the clos­est bout of the evening, at 220 pounds, although with very lit­tle ac­tion. Tril­lio took the bot­tom po­si­tion to start the sec­ond pe­riod but was un­able to earn an es­cape and the wrestlers were tied 0-0 head­ing into the third pe­riod. Tril­lio let Grable score an es­cape point un­con­tested to open the fi­nal pe­riod and that’s how it ended, 1-0, one of only two bouts that went the en­tire six min­utes.

“We wres­tled very well. I was ex­pect­ing it to be much closer than that,” said Frey. “We took ad­van­tage of their mis­takes and scored points. We were ag­gres­sive with them and that made a dif­fer­ence come the third pe­riod.” Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@stardem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

North Caro­line High’s Tyler Bauer scores back points against James M. Ben­nett’s Mic­cah Red­dish dur­ing their 170-pound bout Mon­day evening. Bauer won by pin­fall in 4:33.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

North Caro­line High’s Ryan Bauer, left, con­trols James M. Ben­nett’s Aaron Tor­res dur­ing their 126-pound bout Mon­day evening. Bauer won by pin­fall in 2:50.

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