LIZTON — After a close first two matches, the onslaught of the visiting North Montgomery Chargers was just too much for the Tri-West Bruins to withstand last night as the Chargers won in dominating fashion, 60-10.
The Bruins were at a bit of a disadvantage with two grapplers out sick and having to give up six forfeits while sustaining three pins within their ranks. That totaled 54 of North Montgomery’s points.
“With wrestling, the score can be a little deceiving,” Tri-West coach Nick Sullivan said. “If you take out some forfeits and a few things go your way, it’s a more favorable evening.”
Of the other five matches, Tri-West won three and lost two, all by decision.
Tri-West senior Holden Ottinger opened up the night at 138 pounds and jumped out to an early 7-2 lead after the first period. North Montgomery’s Brayden Carey, however, would not go quietly and tied the match at 9-9 after the second period to set up an exciting finish. Ottinger scored an escape but gave up a takedown and lost, 11-10.
Tri-West’s Rick Perry stepped to the mat next and battled to a 1-0 win over North Montgomery’s Dennie May, escaping after two scoreless periods with 41 seconds remaining in the match.
“I was proud of Perry’s hustle and even more proud of the leadership with the attention he paid to the other matches along with the encouragement he provided to the other wrestlers,” Sullivan said.
Three forfeits and three pins ensued after that and the Bruins were in a deep hole, trailing 3-39.
Senior Jon Staton lost a 2-5 decision to the Chargers’ Dakota Ramey as the pair went toe-to-toe for three periods.
106-pounder Justin Graham moved the scoreboard in the Bruins’ favor for the first time in seven matches with his 11-2 win and impressed coach Sullivan.