FARMINGTON – With the gymnasium being used for basketball, the wrestling mat was rolled out on the Civic Center’s floor for Farmington’s meet against the Cape Central Tigers. The Knights lost their first match to the Tigers, but came back to win 10 of the next 11 for a 54-12 final score.
The Knights recorded six falls, one tech fall and collected two forfeits on the night. A hard-fought 3-2 win in the 130 pound match by Nicholas Hoehn over Tyler Yeargain and a 13-5 major decision in the 125 pound match by Craig Wilson over Matt Latham were the only matches won by a decision.
Chris Griffith gave Cape Central the early lead with a fall over Farmington’s Brandon McDowell taking only 44 seconds to win the match. Cape Central’s only other win came in the 152 pound match with Garrett New pinning Johnny Adams in 2:41.
Wilson was able to take down Latham six times and only gave up five escapes to win their match, and give Farmington its first four points of the meet.
Hoehn and Yeargain were so evenly matched that the score stood 0-0 after the first period, and only 1-0 after two periods with Hoehn picking up the only point on an escape from the beginning down position. Yeargain would do the same in the third period to tie the score at 1-1, but a takedown by Hoehn gave him the edge he needed since Yeargain could only get a second escape before the final buzzer.
Justin Hill (135) made his match a close one, but only with the clock. Hill dominated Zach Wilson for all of two periods, recording four takedowns, a reversal and a near fall, and had a second nearfall recorded when the referee slapped the mat just a tenth of a second before the buzzer sounded to end the second period.
Michael Zaricor (140) was in total charge of his match with Ryan Wachter. Zaricor won a 17-2 tech fall in just 3:24 by making three takedowns and four near falls to Wachter’s one escape and one penalty.
Scott Kaligian (145) wasted no time in getting his fall over Shawn Hammock using only 1:31 of the first period. Kevin Pothetos (160) held a 13-5 edge, but was able to pin Matt Smith with just 21 seconds left in the match. Kelly Burch (171) used only one takedown before working Steve Coleman to his back and recording the fall in 1:36.
Kendall May also used only one takedown to record the fastest fall for the Knights, pinning Aaron Mecey in just 45 seconds. Jacob Hise (215) and Bobby Ferguson (275) both made weight and recorded forfeits with Cape Central open in both weight classes.
Farmington will hit the mats again on Saturday at the Oakville Tournament.
Jackson 54, Ste. Genevieve 18
STE. GENEVIEVE – The Ste. Genevieve Dragons wrestling squad hosted a strong Jackson team on Tuesday. Jackson powered their way to a 54-18 win.
Ste. Genevieve’s Curt Gegg won the 119-pound match by a tech fall 20-5. In the 135-division, Adam Johnson emerged victorious 7-0, and Taylor Huck triumphed 16-6 in the 171-pound class. Tanner Wolk was the only wrestler to record a pin for the Dragons. He won the 189-weight class in 1:22.
Ste. Genevieve will host Windsor on Thursday.