W hen Eric Hastings the last Golden Horde wrestler, walked on to the mat last Thursday night, the team’s “pin to win” motto was truer than ever.
With two surprise results going in favor of the visiting Warrensburg Burgers at 119 and 125, Hastings had to win and do it with a pin or Granville would lose its 2010-2011 season opener.
Hastings showed some of the stuff that has coaches looking to him to have an outstanding season as he handled Tony Auricchio, pinning him at 2:17 for the individual and team win.
Thanks to the win, Granville edged Warrensburg, 43-39, for the non-league victory in a team match which was much closer than anyone on either side expected.
Starting at 96 pounds, the Burgers opened up an early 21-0 lead behind a forfeit, pin and decision.
The Horde battled back, but not before Warrensburg’s Nick Nedelcu caught Justin Duel during the 119-pound match. The surprise pin coupled with a win-by-decision for Granville’s Nathaniel Palmer at 125 pounds represented a huge swing for the Burgers as head coach Steve Palmer had both matches penciled in as wins –and pins – for Granville.
Granville roared back winning six straight from 125 to 152 to take the lead, but pins at 160 and 171 put Warrensburg back in the lead with three bouts to go, 33-31.
At 189 pounds Mack Rozell’s straight-ahead style proved too much for Desmond Allen as Rozell won – and pinned – in the third period of their back-and-forth match.
Wrestlers gather more team points towards the overall win, six, for a pin versus a win by decision.
Rozell’s six points were the crucial points of the night for the Horde as without the pin, Hastings could not have delivered the team win after David McCullen fell in the 215-pound match.
Pinning for Granville were Hastings, Rozell, Paul Hanna, Kurt Ehntholt, Hayden Miller and Karl Palmer.
Granville 43, Warrensburg 39
96 – Roach (W) by forfeit.
103 – Vaisey (W) pinned Duffy, 1:40.
112 – Baker (W) dec. Owens, 6-0.
119 – Nedelcu (W) pinned Duel, 4:56.
125 – N. Palmer (G) dec. Morey, 3-0.
130 – B. Miller (G) dec. Berry, 12-3.
135 – Hanna (G) pinned Yarmowich, :50.
140 – Ehntholt (G) pinned Robinson, :32.
145 – H. Miller (G) pinned Converse, 1:52.
152 – K. Palmer (G) pinned Fish, 1:34.
160 – Baer (W) pinned Carr, 1:42.
171 – Nelson (W) pinned Gould, 4:49.
189 – Rozell (G) pinned Allen, 5:19.
215 – Barber (W) pinned McCullen, 1:54.
285 – Hastings (G) pinned Auricchio, 2:17.