NEW PARIS - Chestnut Ridge 220-pound junior Jonathan Heming had lost his first three varsity bouts, including one bout last season, but he wanted to get the Lions off to a good start in the showdown with rival Bedford.
"I was excited. I wanted to go first," Heming said, "because I knew if I'd go out there and do something, I'd start it off right and get the ball rolling and we'd get a big W."
Heming succeeded in his goal, taking Brayden Crawley down with 25 seconds left in overtime to win, 5-3. The win helped Ridge to jump out to a 20-3 lead, and the Lions, sparked by another big decision by Derrick Claar over Toby Brett at 145, beat the Bisons, 37-25.
"It was an awesome feeling," Heming said. "It came down to the wire, had to go through overtime and I just had to keep pushing hard. Conditioning [in the wrestling room] is what got me through it."
"That was a really big win," Claar said. "I'm glad to see him finally get a varsity win. He really sucked it up and got the takedown at the end."
Bedford fans, and the team for that matter, might dispute the Heming win. Kline was hit with a stall call at the buzzer, giving a point to Heming and sending the bout into overtime, where Heming won it.
"That's wrestling," Bedford coach Brian Creps said with a grin.
"That's a tough stalling call," Ridge coach Greg Lazor said. "I'm sure they're not real happy about that right now. We had a stalling call last year. That's the way it goes. You never like the tough calls against you, but you're always going to have them."
Ridge (3-0) followed Heming's win with a pin in 1:18 by Austin Buttry at 285 and a 17-0 technical fall in 6:00 by Aaron Burkett at 106.
Bedford (2-1) got its first win at 113, where Jonathan Gabriel beat Blake Dunlap, 11-4. Dunlap, however, avoided the major decision when he escaped with 12 seconds left.
After a pin by Luke Hobson at 120, Bedford's Jake Warren eked out a 2-1 in over Dustin Ickes, with a second-period reversal being the deciding point.
Bedford's returning state runner-up Ryan Easter followed with a 36-second pin, and Garrett Thomas chiseled out an 18-6 major decision over Sam Shank at 138 to get the Bisons to within four, 20-16.
"We always pick out their best four guys, and we say we want to split that," Lazor said. "This was the first time we didn't do it. They got three out of four, but we battled in there."
Claar, who is stronger and about 25 pounds heavier than last last season, drew first blood, notching a takedown of Brett in the first period, and then he added a reversal in the second period. Brett received a point for a full nelson in the third, but Claar's riding carried him to the win.
"Actually, I was expecting to get Thomas," Claar said, "but whenever [Brett] came out, I knew I had to watch for that low single he likes from neutral. I figured I could dominate him on top."
"He looked really good," Lazor said. "He had a great week this week. He had [Tevin] Mostoller [an 8-2 win] on Thursday, and I thought he controlled that match very well. I thought he controlled the Brett match, looked very strong."
"Claar wrestled a real nice match against Toby," Creps said. "He kept him under control, didn't allow any flurries and that was the difference in the match."
At 152, Colby Hillegass lengthened Ridge's lead with a 9-2 win over Ryan Wertz. Trent Crouse followed it with a pin in 2:26, making the score 32-16.
After Bedford sophomore Daniel Brett earned a pin in 1:13 at 170, teammate Chance Williams slugged out a 2-1 overtime tiebreaker win over Kyle Winegardner, riding the Ridge senior out in his 30-second rideout.
Ridge's Conner Buttry ended the meet with a 15-0 technical fall at 195 pounds.
"At 220, we knew that would be a real tight match," Creps said, "and we knew that was one of the ones we had to win if we were going to have a chance. We won the 182-pound tossup match. We knew we had to win the tossup matches to score enough points to win, and tonight, we just didn't get them.
"We had a couple chances to really shut them down, and we didn't," Claar said, "but it's Bedford, so it's always nice to get a win over them."
220-Heming, CR, dec. Crawley, 5-3 OT; 285-A. Buttry, CR, pinned Shoemaker, 1:18; 106-Burkett, CR, tech. fall Baughman, 17-0, 6:00; 113-Gabriel, B, dec. Dunlap, 11-4; 120-Hobson, CR, pinned Sipes, 1:49; 126-Warren, B, dec. Ickes, 2-1; 132-Easter, B, pinned Deremer, :36.
138-Thomas, B, maj. dec. Shank, 18-6; 145-Claar, CR, dec. T. Brett, 4-1; 152-Hillegass, CR, dec. Wertz, 9-2; 160-Crouse, CR, pinned Costal, 2:26; 170-D. Brett, B, pinned Be. Clark, 1;13; 182-Williams, B, dec. Winegardner, 2-1 OT TB; 195-C. Buttry, CR, tech. fall Kline, 15-0, 3:21.
Records: Bedford (2-1); Chestnut Ridge (3-0).
JV winners: Karns, Bed; Grimes, Bed