Whitehall grapplers take over Granville

P rior to the start of its wrestling match against rival Granville last week, Head Coach Bob Diekel described Brandon Steves as an outstanding wrestler and the team’s unquestioned leader. Steves then went out and backed up his coach’s talk.

With his team trailing by four points entering the final match, Steves pinned Anthony Arbuckle at 195 pounds to send Whitehall to a 36-34 win over the Golden Horde.

The match was the final time Steves, a senior, would wrestle in the Railroaders’ gymnasium and he made sure it was memorable.

“Brandon is a good student and a very good wrestler, but more importantly, a fine young man,” Diekel said.

Granville jumped out to an early 12 lead after picking up a forfeit at 220 pounds and decisions at 285 and 99 pounds.

Tyler Martel cut into the lead with a 12-5 decision at 106 pounds and Whitehall took the lead with a forfeit at 120 pounds and a Josh Bressette pin at 126 pounds.

Daegan Jones picked up Granville’s only pin at 132 pounds and Nathaniel Palmer picked up the forfeit at 138 pounds.

Damian Duffy and Julian Barber wrestled perhaps the most competitive match of the night with Duffy claiming a 6-4 decision.

Trailing by seven points, Cody Garner, wrestling up one weight class, earned a gutsy 7-2 decision at 182 pounds over Jody Hermance to put Steves in position to win the match.

Afterwards Diekel said the team is starting to show improvement.

“We have too many forfeits but the kids keep working,” he said.

On Saturday, Whitehall traveled to Hoosick Falls where it was defeated 40-31.

Whitehall fell into an early hole but fought its way back into the match before a pair of forfeits at 182 and 195 pounds did the Railroaders in.

Barber and Steves won by fall at 152 and 182 pounds respectively and Tyler Martel (106) and Jake Gregory (152) picked up wins for Whitehall. Lucas Morse lost a narrow 4-3 decision at 145 pounds.

The Railroaders will compete in the Section II Class D Sectionals on Saturday in Warrensburg. The tournament kicks off at 10 a.m.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , ,

Classifieds 09/02/15

Charges linger for 10 months, Man in limbo after arresting cop quits

Morrill resignation

By Christina Scanlon When former Granville Police Officer Marc D. Morrill resigned abruptly in April, several cases were still to […]

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Sanders top Washington County straw poll

Straw Poll

By Dan King The Washington County Fair met politics last week, as 737 people came out to vote in a […]

Naval Militia volunteers receive award

Naval Militia

By Dan King A group of seven area maritime veterans, including two from Whitehall and one from Granville, will be […]

First Friday this Friday

This month’s First Friday event, hosted by The Slate Valley Museum and Pember Museum and Library will features an unveiling […]

Teens’ summer jobs pay off

By Christina Scanlon As the summer of 2015 winds down and local youth prepare to head back to school, 50 […]

Hampton primary could decide election

By Christina Scanlon November’s election could be decided next week in Hampton, depending how the votes play out at the […]

Back to school in Hartford

By Christina Scanlon Teachers in the Hartford are headed back to school this week, while students across the district will […]

Backpack program, We Care Project join forces

By Dan King Last November the inaugural Mom Prom raised thousands of dollars for the We Care Project, which is […]

Changes everywhere as school begins today

By Dan King As students arrive at Whitehall Central School today, there will be abundant changes around them. Whether at […]

Bus routes honed as school looms

By Christina Scanlon The floors are gleaming with new wax, while outside the leaves are beginning to turn colors and […]

Earth science a challenge

By Christina Scanlon It takes a 65 on the Regents Exam to pass Earth Science, a course mandatory to get […]