Golden Eagles take down B-A
BELLWOOD — As the dual meet between Bellwood-Antis and Tyrone was heading toward its completion, Golden Eagle sophomore Dominick Maloney did some quick calculations.
The Eagles took a 12-point lead into his 145-pound bout against Landon Bungo. With Bellwood stars Aiden and Alex Taylor on deck in the final bouts at 152 and 160, respectively, Maloney needed to win to secure the team victory.
“It’s pretty nice,” Maloney said. “I kind of looked up (at the scoreboard) and saw that it had come down to me. So I knew I just had to go as hard as I could and leave it on the mat.”
Which is exactly what Maloney did against Bungo, who was ranked as high as fourth in the Mirror rankings at 152. Maloney earned a 7-5 win over Bungo to give the Eagles an eventual 36-33 victory over the rival Blue Devils on Tuesday night at the B-A gymnasium.
“I kind of figured it would come down to the last couple matches,” Tyrone coach Terry Tate said. “Huge win (by Maloney). He wrestled really hard. He clutched a victory for us.”
“We just couldn’t stay off of our backs,” B-A coach Tim Andrekovich said. “There were a couple tossup matches that we lost. 145 was huge. I figured the match would be within six points, and unfortunately, we were on the other end of it.”
B-A graduates and former wrestlers Trenton Whaley and Paulino Cuevas were introduced to a standing ovation before the match. Whaley and Cuevas served as honorary captains for the 11-6 Blue Devils.
“They’re both good kids, and we’re really proud of them,” Andrekovich said.
The dual meet served as a fundraiser for the Freedom Riders to benefit military veterans.
“Between the two teams, we probably raised between $2,500 and $3,000 for the freedom ride,” Andrekovich said, “with the 50-50, (black and blue Brawl) T-shirts and each booster club donating $1,000.”
“That’s the biggest thing to pull away from this,” Tate said. “It’s awesome that it stays local with the Freedom Riders, which benefits the Van Zandt VA Medical Center. It’s pretty cool to see two teams that are rivals on the mat put something together to raise money for such a great cause.”
The lead changed hands six times in the first six weights, beginning at 170, where B-A freshman Jason Plubell beat Dean Grassi, 6-0. Plubell recorded a takedown, reversal and two stalling points.
When Tyrone’s Zack Lash recorded a 15-second fall at 182, it was the first of seven straight pins.
B-A’s Dominic Caracciolo followed with a 31-second pin at 195.
At 220. Tyrone’s Jason Barr and Nathan Jennings wrestled to a scoreless first period. Barr, though, escaped and notched a takedown in the second period. He cradled Jennings for a three-point nearfall and took a 6-1 lead into the third, where he used a cradle to get the fall in 4:34.
After B-A’s Evan Pellegrine, the Mirror’s top-ranked 285-pounder, earned a pin in 54 seconds, Tyrone’s Korry Walls built a 10-0 lead on Nathan Rabenstein before getting the fall in 3:00 at 106.
Neither team sent a wrestler at 113, so Tyrone’s Hunter Walk bumped up to 120 and pinned Ryan Malone in 1:17. Ashton Sipes followed with a pin in 38 seconds at 126 to give the Eagles (6-8) a 30-15 lead.
At 132, Tyrone’s Mason Walls extended his team’s lead with a 9-3 win over Xander Shank. Walls took Shank down three teams, including down to his back for four points in the third period.
B-A’s Ty Noonan, who recently returned from a broken wrist sustained during football season, pinned Gavin Frazell in 2:20 at 138. There was some drama, though, as Noonan was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving a point to Frazell. Frazell, who hit his head, used 1:46 in recovery time, but he continued wrestling.
“It’s really good to have Ty back in the lineup,” Andrekovich said.
That set the stage for Maloney and Bungo. Maloney, who came in with a 7-11 record, scored the initial takedown before Bungo scored a reversal. Maloney escaped and took Bungo down to for a 5-2 lead. Bungo escaped, but Maloney took him down again for a 7-3 lead.
Bungo (13-12) scored two nearfall points in the third, but Maloney avoided more danger the rest of the way.
“I was feeling pretty good on my feet,” Maloney said. “Toward the end, I got a little sloppy because I was tired.”
“He was a 113-pounder last year, and he’s kind of hit a growth spurt between his ninth and 10th grade year,” Tate said. “So, he’s kind of getting adjusted to the upper weight. Once his strength catches up, he’ll be good to go.”
Aiden Taylor and Alex Taylor finished off the dual meet with pins in 1:56 and 2:20, respectively.
170–Plubell, BA, dec. Grassi, 6-0; 182–Lash, T, pinned Cunningham, :15; 195–Caracciolo, BA, pinned Hite, :37; 220–Barr, T, pinned Jennings, 4:34; 285–Pellegrine, BA, pinned Allen, :54; 106–K. Walls, T, pinned Rabenstein, 3:00; 113–No bout.
120–Walk, T, pinned Malone, 1:17; 126–Sipes, T, pinned Kost, :38; 132–M. Walls, T, dec. Shank, 9-3; 138–Noonan, BA, pinned Frazell, 2:20; 145–Maloney, T, dec. Bungo, 7-5; 152–Ai. Taylor, BA, pinned Myers, 1:56; 160–Al. Taylor, BA, pinned Snyder, 2:20.
Records: Tyrone (6-8), Bellwood-Antis (11-6)
Exhibition winners: Carper, BA; Laird, BA.