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Wrestling: Wellington, Columbia grab wins


WELLINGTON — Breaking up the two-week lull between the conference and sectional tournaments, Wellington scheduled a quadrangular meet Thursday night that featured Patriot Athletic Conference rival Columbia, Mapleton and Valley Forge.

The host Dukes and Raiders each picked up a victory against Valley Forge, but Mapleton proved to be too much for the local teams. Wellington lost to Mapleton 55-18 before defeating Valley Forge 35-28, while the Raiders beat Valley Forge 39-18 before falling to Mapleton 54-30.

“I’m glad we could pull one of them off,” Wellington coach John Sedlick said. “We were without a number of our usual guys tonight due to injuries. We’ll hopefully have some of them back (at sectionals), but not all of them, unfortunately.

“Chris Miller did a good job replacing Josh Kitko at 160. The only seniors were Jacob Downs, who dislocated his shoulder the other day and is out for the season, and (Aaron) Ferguson, who had a couple of forfeits.”

The Dukes’ final dual came down to the final match. Clinging to a 29-28 lead, it was up to junior 106-pounder Abraham Downs to secure the win.

Downs quickly took down Valley Forge’s James Wells and pinned him in 39 seconds for the meet-clinching victory.

“I had to win it for the team,” Downs said.

“I was going for the pin all the way. I used a head-and-arm takedown to get it. We had most of the team sitting out so we had a lot of forfeits, so it was pretty important for us to get at least one win. I’m glad we were able to do it.”

Wellington (4-5) trailed 22-0 before picking up five straight wins, beginning with Jon Eschedor’s pinfall in 3:58 at 145 pounds. Junior Alex Imhoff scored his second pin of the night in 56 seconds, followed by Miller’s 16-1 technical fall over Noah Burt.

But the Patriots’ Aaron Crosby pinned Wellington heavyweight Mason Phillips in 1:48 to set up the final match.

“Alex had a great day,” Sedlick said. “He’s a tough wrestler. And little Abe that won the match for us — that was important because it came down to the 106. It was right down to the wire and it was a good match.”

Imhoff was the only Wellington wrestler to get a win in head-to-head bouts against Mapleton, pinning William Dolan in 3:55. Downs and Ferguson each had forfeit wins, as the Dukes gave up three pins, a major decision and a decision in their five head-to-head losses.

The Raiders (3-7) also had to forfeit five weight classes and only wrestled seven head-to-head matches against Valley Forge. But they won six of those matches — three by pinfall by Mike (138) and Nick Jacobucci (145) and Shane Garrow (152).

“As long as the kids are wrestling to their ability, I’m happy,” Columbia coach Jeff Tullos said. “We had a few weight classes that are vacant, and mathematically, you can only do so much. We have this late season double-dual in hopes that it’s a last-ditch effort to get some competition in before sectionals, where it really counts.

“We had some good competition, especially against Mapleton. That’s what the kids need to see — the level of competition that Mapleton brought to us. It was nice to have a victory against a team that was similar in size, as far as numbers go, and I feel like we outwrestled them.”

Freshman Josh Newman, who had a 4-2 win at 113 pounds against Valley Forge, got the Mapleton dual started with a pinfall in 5:09 over Gavin Thomas. It was the only head-to-head win the Raiders had against the Mounties.

“My dad taught me everything that I knew, so I just went out there with the moves I already know,” said Newman, who improved to 10-1. “It’s Columbia, so we’re not a like a big school and every point counts. We were able to pick up a lot of points and win our first match, but we couldn’t pull through in the second match. Mapleton’s a tough team.”

Mapleton’s Zach Durbin, who placed third at state last season, had two pinfalls in his final tune-up before the postseason.

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Mapleton 55, Wellington 18

106 — Abraham Downs (Wellington) won by forfeit. 113 — Gavin Thomas (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 120 — John Smith (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 126 — Zach Durbin (Mapleton) pinned Trevor Boose (Wellington), 2:33. 132 — Blake Jones (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 138 — Noah Cook (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 145 — Corey Kowatch (Mapleton) maj. dec. Jon Eschedor (Wellington), 12-6. 152 — Alex Imhoff (Wellington) pinned William Dolan, 3:55. 160 — Nick Kusa (Mapleton) dec. Chris Miller (Wellington), 7-1. 170 — Travis Pickering (Mapleton) pinned Steve Ferguson (Wellington), 1:33. 182 — Aaron Ferguson (Wellington) won by forfeit. 195 — Garrett Dudte (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 220 — Double forfeit. 285 — Mason Mencl (Mapleton) pinned Mason Phillips (Wellington), 1:04.

Columbia 39, Valley Forge 18

106 — Zack Shaffer (Columbia) dec. James Wells (Valley Forge), 6-4 (UTB). 113 — Josh Newman (Columbia) dec. Jason Miller (Valley Forge), 4-2. 120 — Double forfeit. 126 — Chris Bonner (Columbia) won by forfeit. 132 — Laszlo Szabados (Columbia) dec. Isaiah Lopez (Valley Forge), 5-3. 138 — Mike Jacobucci (Columbia) pinned Naashon Cruz (Valley Forge), :52. 145 — Nick Jacobucci (Columbia) pinned Michael Pontious (Valley Forge), 4:26. 152 — Shane Garrow (Columbia) pinned Eli Lopez (Valley Forge), 2:20. 160 — Noah Bort (Valley Forge) won by forfeit. 170 — Double forfeit. 182 — Double forfeit. 195 — Jose Caraballo (Columbia) won by forfeit. 220 — Alex Shumaker (Columbia) won by forfeit. 285 — Aaron Crosby (Valley Forge) pinned Aric Payne (Columbia), 3:27.

Mapleton 54, Columbia 30

106 — Zack Shaffer (Columbia) won by forfeit. 113 — Josh Newman (Columbia) pinned Gavin Thomas (Mapleton), 5:09. 120 — Josh Smith (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 126 — Blake Jones (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 132 — Zach Durbin (Mapleton) pinned Laszlo Szabados (Columbia), 3:32. 138 — Mike Jacobucci (Columbia) won by forfeit. 145 — Corey Kowatch (Mapleton) pinned Nick Jacobucci (Columbia), 1:24. 152 — William Dolan (Mapleton) pinned Shane Garrow (Columbia), 5:19. 160 — Nick Kusa (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 170 — Travis Pickering (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 182 — Garrett Dudte (Mapleton) won by forfeit. 195 — Jose Caraballo (Columbia) won by forfeit. 220 — Alex Shumaker (Columbia) won by forfeit. 285 — Mason Mencl (Mapleton) pinned Aric Paine (Columbia), :34.

Wellington 35, Valley Forge 28

106 — Abraham Downs (Wellington) pinned James Wells (Valley Forge), :35. 113 — Jason Miller (Valley Forge) won by forfeit. 120 — Double forfeit. 126 — Chris Bonner (Valley Forge) maj. dec. Trevor Boose (Wellington), 19-5. 132 — Naashon Cruz (Valley Forge) won by forfeit. 138 — Isaiah Lopez (Valley Forge) won by forfeit. 145 — Jon Eschedor (Wellington) pinned Michael Pontious (Valley Forge), 3:58. 152 — Alex Imhoff (Wellington) pinned Eli Lopez (Valley Forge), :56. 160 — Chris Miller (Wellington) tech. fall Noah Burt (Valley Forge), 16-1. 170 — Steve Ferguson (Wellington) won by forfeit. 182 — Aaron Ferguson (Wellington) won by forfeit. 195 — Double forfeit. 220 — Double forfeit. 285 — Aaron Crosby (Valley Forge) pinned Mason Phillips (Wellington), 1:48.

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