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River Grapplers Trounce Blue Eagles In Dual Match

January 9, 2013
Wetzel Chronicle

The River Pilot Wrestling Team started the new year in style, whipping the Magnolia Blue Eagles in fashion, 58-18 inside the MHS HammerDome Jan. 2.

After splitting a pair of exhibition matches and a double forfeit, the Eagles' Doug Riter (113 lbs.) turned the tables on the Pilots' Chase Schultheis early in the second period with a pin.

The Pilots scored a forfeit when Josh Stewart (120 lbs.) didn't have an Eagle to battle. Then it was Joseph Layman (126 lbs.) getting the Big Blue back on top with a pin fall over the Luke Gillies late in the first period.

That was all she wrote for the home-standing Eagles for awhile, as the next seven Pilot wrestlers had their arms raised in picking up a win.

Pilot Loren Thomas (132 lbs.) started the blitz with a pin in the first period over the Eagles' J. T. Stillwagoner. Then Chase Young (138 lbs.) won by forfeit before teammate Jordan Sapp (145 lbs.) outscored Paden McConaughey 8-1.

Later, Pilot Devon Talbott (152 lbs.) took the Eagles' Gage Deem to a technical fall with a hard-fought 17-2 victory.

Then came the match of the night, as the Pilots' Bailey Reusser (160 lbs.) and the Eagles' Garrett Woofter gave the huge wrestling crowd their money's worth with a thrilling 13-7 Reusser victory.

River Local's Kole Smith (170 lbs.) took care of Blue Eagle Joey Kelly with a pin fall, while teammate Dakota Dunn (182 lbs.) outscored Magnolia's Jacob Rabel, 17-0, for a technical fall.

Magnolia's Jared Wright (195 lbs.) manhandled the Pilots' Brett Rosen with a pin fall midway in the first period to stop the drought.

In the final match of the night, the Pilots' Hank Goble (220 lbs.) scored a pin fall over Brian Wilson.

Earlier in the match, River's Joseph Dawson (285 lbs.) scored a pin fall over Magnolia's Alex Newman.

The Pilots and Blue Eagles will both be competing in the annual OVAC?Wrestling Tournament at WesBanco Arena, Jan. 17-19.



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