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The Port Allegany Gators overcame an early lead by the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestlers to come up with a 36-29 victory last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
St. Marys was able to take a 17-0 lead as Damien Wensel recorded an 8-4 decision at 103 pounds over Lucas Manning. Trenton Bowers gave the Dutch a 9-0 lead when he pinned Dalton Caden at the one-minute mark of their 112-pound match.
Evan Smith made the score 14-0 when he picked up a 9-4 technical fall over Bryan Lacher at the 4:26 mark of their 119-pound match. Dutchman Alex Coudriet picked up a 4-2 decision over Marcus Borowski at 125 pounds, giving St. Marys the 17-0 lead.
Port Allegany began their comeback as Chester Tanner of the Gators pinned Bill Gabor at the 53-second mark of their 130-pound match. At 135 pounds, Bradley Goodreau pinned Tyler Yetzer at the 1:54 mark of their match, cutting the Dutch lead to 17-12. Port Allegany took an 18-17 lead when Logan Warnick won by forfeit at 140 pounds.
Dutchman Allan Gursky gave St. Marys a 20-18 lead as he held on for a 3-2 decision over Ben Baxter of the Gators. Alex Gular gave the lead back to the Gators when he pinned Josh Cameroni at the 1:43 mark of their 152-pound match. Ryan Kio of the Gators decisioned Mike Brennen 8-4 in their 160-pound match.
Alex Geitner of the Dutch made the score 27-23 when he recorded a 7-2 decision over Rex Windsor at 171 pounds. At 189 pounds, Trent Neal of Port Allegany pinned Joe McLaughlin at the 3:10 mark of their match.
Port Alleganyâ€™s Nicolas Budd pinned Jimmy Antonelli at the 3:40 mark of their 215-pound match. At 285 pounds, Zach Manning of the Gators decisioned Kevin Hoy 5-2.
â€śWe did not have a full team performance tonight. Three quarters of our team wrestled well. We need a full team effort to win these kinds of matches. Port Allegany is a good team with solid wrestlers,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra.
â€śEvan (Smith) and Trenton (Bowers) wrestled well and Damien (Wensel) had a gutsy win. Allan (Gursky) had a gutsy win and stuck with our game plan.
â€śWe had kids wrestle really well. Our three freshmen had their inexperience show tonight against some veteran kids.
â€śWeâ€™re learning and getting better.â€ť
In junior varsity action, Alex Feldbauer of the Dutch lost by a pin to Tyler Schaefer at the 1:04 mark of their 145-pound match. Kyle Wolfel recorded an 11-5 decision over Cole Caulkins at 171 pounds.
St. Marys, now 3-3 on the season, will be participating in the Big Dog Tournament on Dec. 28 and 29 in Brockway.
The results of last nightâ€™s varsity matches follow:
Port Allegany 36, St. Marys 29
103 - Damien Wensel - SM decisioned Lucas Manning, 8-4.
112 - Trenton Bowers - SM pinned Dalton Caden, 1:00.
119 - Evan Smith - SM technical fall over Bryan Lacher, 19-4, 4:26.
125 - Alex Coudriet - SM decisioned Marcus Borowski, 4-2.
130 - Chester Tanner - PA pinned Bill Gabor, :53.
135 - Bradley Goodreau - PA pinned Tyler Yetzer, 1:54.
140 - Logan Warnick - PA won by forfeit.
145 - Allan Gursky - SM decisioned Ben Baxter, 3-2.
152 - Alex Gular - PA pinned Josh Cameroni, 1:43.
160 - Ryan Kio - PA decisioned Mike Brennen, 8-4.
171 - Alex Geitner - SM decisioned Rex Windsor, 7-2.
189 - Trent Neal - PA pinned Joe McLaughlin, 3:10.
215 - Nicolas Budd - PA pinned Jimmy Antonelli, 3:40.
285 - Zach Manning - PA decisioned Kevin Hoy, 5-2.