The Ridgway Elkers wrestling team handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch squad a 40-24 setback last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
Ridgway opened a 17-0 lead, only to see the Dutch battle back to close to within 25-24. However, Ridgway won the last three matches to win the match 40-24.
â€śWe took a couple of steps forward again tonight,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śRidgway has been a quality team for some time, and this is just part of the growing process.
â€śAll the kids gave good fights tonight. Their (Ridgway) experience paid off in some matches.
â€śWe put ourselves in a position to win and it didnâ€™t happen. We need to get better.â€ť
Ridgway took the early lead when Steve Mitchell recorded a 4-2 decision in overtime over Allan Gursky at 145 pounds. Jake Himes of the Elkers made the team score 7-0 when he recorded a 12-1 major decision over Josh Cameroni at 152 pounds. Ridgway increased their lead to 11-0 when D.J. Skraba recorded a 12-0 major decision over Michael Brennen. Seth Stahl made the score 17-0 when he pinned Kyle Wolfel at the 3:28 mark of their 171-pound match.
The Dutchmen got on the board when Joe McLaughlin pinned Cortland Smith at the 3:19 mark of their 189-pound match. Jimmy Antonelli pinned Chad Quail at the 2:39 mark of their 215-pound match, cutting Ridgwayâ€™s lead to 17-12. At 285 pounds, Ridgwayâ€™s Jesse Sheasley recorded a 4-2 decision over Kevin Hoy, giving Ridgway the 20-12 lead.
Dutchman Damien Wensel decisioned Cody Stahl 12-9 at 103 pounds, making the score 20-15. The Dutchmen took their only lead of the night when Trenton Bowers pinned Ricky J. Javier at the 1:59 mark of their 112-pound match. At 119 pounds, Ridgwayâ€™s Corey Bush recorded a 15-0 technical fall over Evan Smith at the 4:34 mark of their match.
Dutchman Alex Coudriet cut the Ridgway lead to 25-24 when he recorded a 7-4 decision over Trevor Delhunty at 125 pounds. Dakota Dahler of the Elkers pinned Bill Gabor at the 3:25 mark of their 130-pound match, 31-24.
At 135 pounds, Slade Horner pinned Tyler Yetzer at the 1:28 mark of their match, 37-24. In the final match of the night, Kyle Caggiano of the Elkers recorded a 4-2 decision over Sam Miller, making the final score 40-24 in favor of the Elkers.
â€śSt. Marys is a good-looking young team. Coach Surra is doing a good job,â€ť said Ridgway coach Gary Gerber.
â€śOur kids, after stumbling over DuBois, were more motivated tonight. The kids did what they had to do in tough situations,â€ť added Gerber.
St. Marys, now 3-4 on the year, returns to action next Tuesday when they play host to the DuBois Area Beavers.
Ridgway 40, St. Marys 24
145 - Steve Mitchell - R decisioned Allan Gursky, 4-2, OT.
152 - Jake Himes - R major decision over Josh Cameroni, 12-1.
160- D.J. Skraba - R major decision over Michael Brennen 12-0.
171 - Seth Stahl - R pinned Kyle Wolfel, 3:28.
189 - Joe McLaughlin - SM pinned Cortland Smith, 3:19.
215 - Jimmy Antonelli - SM pinned Chad Quail, 2:39.
285 - Jesse Sheasley - R decisioned Kevin Hoy, 4-2.
103 - Damien Wensel - SM decisioned Cody Stahl, 12-9.
112 - Trenton Bowers - SM pinned Ricky J. Javier, 1:59.
119 - Corey Bush - R technical fall over Evan Smith, 15-0, 4:34.
125 - Alex Coudriet - SM decisioned Trevor Delhunty, 7-4.
130 - Dakota Dahler - R pinned Bill Gabor, 3:25.
135 - Slade Horner - R pinned Tyler Yetzer, 1:28.
140 - Kyle Caggiano - R decisioned Sam Miller, 4-2.