S tepping up has become something of theme with the Golden Horde wrestlers this season. Just a week before the match for all the marbles with Tamarac, Granville remained undefeated and took the inside track to the Wasaren League title with a victory over Hoosick Falls. That win came thanks to a number of wrestlers who stepped up in achievement, weight class or both.
Once again on Jan. 20 wrestlers stepped up as Granville knocked off Tamarac, 45-29, to reach a perfect 4-0 and with that the Wasaren League title.
A block of wins from 140 to 160 secured the win for the Horde.
Brad Perry stepped into the 152 pound match and grabbed six team points for Granville with a second period pin (2:51) of Charley Rodda following pins by Hayden Miller (140) and Kurt Ehntholt (145).
Karl Palmer won a 9-2 decision against Joe Hulsebosch, a league all star, veteran wrestler and a natural 160; it was the second time in two weeks he faced a bigger wrestler. Palmer will likely go into the post season at a lighter weight, the coach said. “We knew that he was very good but we knew that we had to do something in the point spread to make a (difference),” head Coach Steve Palmer said.
The title is Granville’s first outright title since 2006-2007 and makes five championships for Coach Palmer.
With the Bengals and Panthers tying earlier in the season, Palmer said that outcome gave him the idea for how to beat both teams.
“I knew they’d be similar matches and we took the same game plan we used to beat Hoosick Falls and put that into place where we had to bump some guys up and gets some wins in the upper levels,” Palmer said.
“They came through once again. I have to give credit to the (1) 52 (Brad Perry) and the (1) 60 (Karl Palmer); our new guy beat their new guy and our veteran beat their veteran – that was the difference for tonight,” Palmer said.
Tamarac took the title in a head-to-head match up last season by a single point, 40-39. Palmer said it felt good to get the title back from Tamarac in the same way.
“It feels very good; it’s very satisfying. I like the validation of the program. We made it a goal to get it back this year and it’s great to have them as a finale,” Palmer said. “It’s very satisfying to come back and beat them by a wider margin than that (one point).”
Granville 45, Tamarac 29
96 – Burt (T) dec. Duffy, 7-5.
103 – Cohan (G) by forfeit.
112 – Ryan (T) dec. Owens, 4-0.
119 – N. Palmer (G) pinned Brunick, :34.
125 – Gardner (T) pinned Duel, 1:36.
130 – B. Miller (G) by forfeit.
135 – Rhodes (T) dec. Hanna, 5-2.
140 – H. Miller (G) pinned Mason, :29.
145 – Ehntholt (G) pinned Milne, :53.
152 – Perry (G) pinned Rodda, 2:51.
160 – K. Palmer (G) dec. Hulsebosch, 9-2.
171 – Grab (T) dec. Gould, 14-4.
189 – Broderick (T) dec. McCullen, 14-6.
215 – Vibert (T) pinned Reed, 2:45.
285 – Hastings (G) pinned D’Urso, 2:38.