SHIPPENSBURG - Although it was just a nine-point victory, the Waynesboro wrestling team dominated host Shippensburg to start its Mid Penn Colonial Division season off on the right foot.
"We were expecting a close match; we never thought it would be so dominant," Indian senior Jesse Smith said. "It feels great, especially being in the division. It's real big for our team since we're such a young team this year."
After getting three pins in a row through the middle weights Tuesday night, Waynesboro held a 44-12 lead, which officially gave the Indians the victory. Although Shippensburg won the final four bouts, Waynesboro still reigned victorious, 44-35.
"In order to win this match, our kids knew we had to get pins or bonus points," Waynesboro coach Eric Mowen said. "Regardless of who we put out there, that was the job. If it was a tight match, we needed to keep it close, and that worked out for us."
Six bouts into the match, Waynesboro (4-2, 1-0 MPC) held a 22-12 lead. But then Cody Frey took the mat, and he swung the momentum in the Indians' favor.
Frey, a freshman, was matched up against Derek Watson. Frey immediately took a 5-0 lead in the first period by scoring a takedown and three back points. The score remained the same until the third period. Watson was hit with a fleeing the mat penalty, and Frey followed it with an escape to gain a seven-point edge. In the waning seconds, Frey had the bout in the bag, but he continued to fight. He reversed Watson at the last second and earned a 9-0 major decision.
"Cody Frey did an outstanding job," Mowen said. "He got a little bit of a gut check at the end, and he was a little tired. But he got the reversal and got us the major we needed. I'm very proud of the way he wrestled."
That bout proved to be a game-changer. After the dynamic match, Waynesboro was off and running. Kenyon Cuka and Wesley Cline both picked up first-period pins, and Smith followed it with a hard-working fall of his own.
Smith was pitted against Elijah Harris, and the two spent the first period feeling each other out. Smith got the first takedown, but Harris quickly escaped, giving Smith the slight edge after the first two minutes. In the second period, though, it was all Smith and he got a pin in 3:10.
"I realized he was strong, but I could feel him getting fatigued," Smith said. "I just kept wearing him down, and in the second period, he really wasn't doing much. I locked up a near-side cradle, took him to his back and was able to keep him there."
Although the Greyhounds (0-2, 0-2 MPC) were using some substitutes through the middle weights due to the absence of 152-pounder Tom LaRue, Ship coach Tony Yaniello knew the three consecutive losses would be impossible to overcome.
"My 45-pounder moved up to 52, and we had to put a JV kid at 45. But that was huge there because they got a pin at both the weights," Yaniello said. "We never should've gotten pinned at 38. (Nathan Coldsmith) wrestled a decent kid (Cuka), but not a kid that should've pinned him. I actually thought he could've beat him, but he got pinned, so that was huge."
Shippensburg won out in the last four matches, but the deficit was too large. Justin Timko earned a tech fall over Aiden Smith, and Chris Williams and Branden Stitt both got pins.
Yaniello said he was most impressed with the victory of Dylan Herb, who opened the match at 220 and pinned Waynesboro senior Andrew Paterno in just 2:41.
"Dylan Herb's match was huge because their boy is pretty good there," Yaniello said. "The kid was strong and a good athlete. I expected Dylan to win, but I didn't think he would pin him, so I was real happy with that."
With the victory, Waynesboro snapped a two-match losing streak to the Hounds. And although the season is just getting started, Mowen said he was happy to start the division schedule off with a win.
"It's all about winning," Mowen said. "We really try to coach it to be a team sport, and beating Shippensburg, who has beaten us the last couple of years, feels really good."
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220 - Dylan Herb (S) p Andrew Paterno, 2:41
285 - Cary Hess (S) p Shawn Robinson, 0:17
106 - Ryan Neff (W) p Daquan Woods, 1:14
113 - John Atkinson (W) won by forfeit
120 - Aaron Layman (W) md Zane Hershey, 11-1
126 - Colby Mowen (W) won by forfeit
132 - Cody Frey (W) md Derek Watson, 9-0
138 - Kenyon Cuka (W) p Nathan Coldsmith, 1:20
145 - Wesley Cline (W) p Devin Watson, 1:38
152 - Jesse Smith (W) p Elijah Harris, 3:10
160 - Justin Timko (S) tf Aiden Smith, 17-2, 4:41
170 - Nick Glunt (S) won by forfeit
182 - Chris Williams (S) p Patrick Wade, 3:02
195 - Branden Stitt (S) p Steven Egolf, 1:24
Next match: Way: Thursday, at James Buchanan, 7 Ship: Thursday, at home vs. Greencastle-Antrim, 7.