A series of pins in the middle weight classes delivered a third Wasaren League victory and the inside track to the league title on Jan. 13 as the Granville Golden Horde beat the Hoosick Falls Panthers, 43-37.
Granville converted wins from Hayden Miller (140), Kurt Ehntholt (145), Brad Perry (152) and Karl Palmer, who bumped up in weight class to 160, into the crucial league win. Granville also got wins from Eric Hastings (285) and Steven Cohan (103).
Palmer used a last-minute escape to take his match against the Panthers’ Brad Burns, 6-5, moving up to take on a potential sectional finalist in Burns’ weight class, while giving up about 10 pounds.
Perhaps the most exciting match of the night did not end in Granville’s favor as Justin Duel (125) fell to Brian Sherman, 5-2. The match received a round of applause from the crowd in appreciation of the constant back-and-forth action between the pair.
Head Coach Steve Palmer said he was not surprised by the close result as he expected the Panthers would bring a tough young squad to Granville.
Palmer said he wanted experienced senior wrestlers take care of business while having some of the younger wrestlers step up.
“I warned them ahead of time, before the season,” Palmer said. Ehntholt, Hastings and Miller filled the first category and Cohan and Perry the latter.
“I really thought it would be this close; they’re an up and coming team in the Wasaren,” he said.
Granville is undefeated in the Wasaren League with the Tamarac Bengals rescheduled for Jan. 20. The Panthers have already beaten the Bengals, on criteria after the match results ended in a tie score, meaning a head-to-head win against Tamarac gives Granville the title outright. A loss to Tamarac produces a three-way tie between the three one-loss teams.
Over the weekend Granville traveled to Bern Knox Westerlow for an improvised tournament dubbed the Bulldog Duals. Coach Palmer said a handful of coaches had an open date and got together to have a small tournament. Four Granville wrestlers went undefeated including Hastings, Brendan Miller and both Palmers.
In a dual meet format Granville again faced off with Hoosick Falls and lost on critieria. Palmer reports Granville and Hoosick Falls tied at the end of the match at 39 team points each and had to go to the ninth criteria before deciding a winner of the team match.
The ninth criterion is the team with the most points scored from near falls, or getting the opposing wrestler to his back without pinning him. That is only considered after looking at unsportsmanlike conduct, team penalty points, most wins, most pins and most first takedowns. The match has no effect on league standings.
Granville 43, Hoosick Falls 34
103 – Cohan (G) pinned Peabody, 1:58.
112 – Wright (HF) dec. Owens, 5-0.
119 – N. Palmer (G) dec. Cramer, 8-0.
125 – Sherman (HF) dec. Duel, 5-2.
130 – B. Miller (G) by forfeit.
135 – Matatt (HF) pinned Hanna, 5:09.
140 – H. Miller (G) pinned Stevens, :54.
145 – Ehntholt (G) pinned McGuire, 3:26.
152 – Perry (G) pinned Marcucci, 5:09.
160 – K. Palmer (G) dec. Burns, 6-5.
171 – Colvin (HF) pinned Gould, 1:59.
189 – Barss (HF) pinned David McCullen, :44.
215 – Couch (HF) pinned Rozell, :07.
285 – Hastings (G) pinned Crucetti, :30.
96 – Weirebach (HF) dec. Duffy, 12-3.