CR grapplers not guilty of looking ahead

NEW PARIS – With a Saturday match with at unbeaten Somerset looming on the horizon, Chestnut Ridge needed to keep its focus against Northern Bedford on Thursday night.

It appeared that wasn’t a problem for Ridge, the top-ranked team in the Mirror’s initial rankings.

The now 10-1 Lions, who were without 285-pounder Austin Buttry (infantigo), won the last nine bouts, including Buttry’s replacement, junior Shane Davis, who pinned Chase Ott, en route to a 64-9 victory at Richard W. Fisher Gymnasium.

“It’s not hard to keep your focus when you’re wrestling Northern Bedford,” Ridge coach Greg Lazor said. “They’re a quality team. They’re doing very well. There were a lot of tight matches, and if they pull a couple of those out, that score, obviously, would be very different.”

“I think they have a solid team from top to bottom,” NBC coach Brian Dutchcot said. “They came to wrestle tonight, and they took it to us in every aspect of the match. They were more aggressive than us on our feet, top, bottom, every position.”

Ridge’s Trent Crouse, down to 145 for the first time, was leading Collin Sherlock, 2-0, in the second period when he put Sherlock on his back and pinned him in 3:45.

After Colby Hillegass racked up a 14-2 major decision over NBC’s Austin Heck, Chris Eichelberger picked up the Panthers’ first win, pinning Josh McGill in 2:53 at 160.

Ridge’s Ben Clark continued his roll with a pin of Dakota Brunner in 1:30 at 170.

That set the stage for NBC’s Lucas Kolinchak (10-3), ranked third by the Mirror at 170, and Kyle Winegardner (10-4), ranked fourth at 182. Kolinchak broke a scoreless tie in the third with a reversal and rode the rest of the way for a 2-0 win.

“Kolinchak had a nice win,” Dutchcot said. “I’m sure that’s not the only time those two will meet, and it will be another hard-fought, one or two-point match.”

The last win for the Panthers (5-3) was followed by Conner Buttry’s pin of Mason Guyer in 5:01 at 195 and Jon Heming’s forfeit win at 220.

Austin Buttry said he could be back as early as Saturday, but Davis, who bumped up to 285 in his season debut, did his job, jumping out to a 4-0 with a first-period takedown of Ott and two escapes before taking Ott down to his back and pinning him.

“Shane Davis has been working on getting down to 220, finally got down to 220 and we bumped him to heavyweight,” Lazor said smiling. “His first match, he gets a victory, wrestled well, needed work on getting out on bottom a little bit, but overall gave a great effort.”

After Aaron Burkett pinned Zach Clark in 1:48 at 106, Blake Dunlap earned a 7-3 decision over Trey Childers. Childers reversed in the third to trail 4-3, but Dunlap escaped and got a takedown before the buzzer.

Dustin Ickes led Jon Raab, 3-1, in the third period at 120, but Ickes got a defensive pin from the bottom position in 5:05 when he caught Raab offbalance. Freshman Morgan Deremer then made a third-period escape stand in a 1-0 win over Jared Helsley.

“That makes me feel real good, obviously, that some of our young guys are improving,” Lazor said, “like Deremer wrestling Helsley. That was a match most people probably favored them. Morgan just kept grinding and grinding and doing what it took to win.”

Pins by Sam Shank (132) and Derrick Claar (138) closed out the meet with pins.

The Lions will now get ready for Somerset, which hiked its record to 3-0 with a 45-21 win over Penn Cambria Thursday. Saturday’s match time has been moved to 4 p.m.

“Somerset looks tough from top to bottom,” Lazor said. “They had a nice junior high team last year, athletic upperweights in the junior high. I think it’s going to be a real good match.”

145-Crouse, CR, pinned Sherlock, 3:45; 152-Hillegass, CR, maj. dec. Heck, 14-2; 160-Eichelberger, NB, pinned McGill, 2:53; 170-Clark, CR, pinned Brunner, 1:30; 182-Kolinchak, NB, dec. Winegardner, 2-0; 195-C. Buttry, CR, pinned Guyer, 5:01; 220-Heming, CR, won by forfeit.

285-Davis, CR, pinned Ott, 4:58; 106-Burkett, CR, pinned Clark, 1:48; 113-Dunlap, CR, dec. Childers, 7-3; 120-Ickes, CR, pinned Raab, 5:05; 126-Deremer, Cr, dec. Helsley, 1-0; 132-Shank, CR, pinned Replogle, :49; 138-Claar, CR, pinned Hershberger, 4:39.

Records: Northern Bedford (5-3); Chestnut Ridge (10-1).