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'Cats humble Knights
Mount Si once again took their opponent behind the
woodshed, defeating the Newport Knights in wrestling last week
Leading off the impressive outing was freshman
Jason Rothgeb, who lost by major decision 12-3. In the 112-pound
class, the Wildcats' Jordan Prior manhandled Newport's Brian
Yeager, pinning him at the 3:49 mark of the second round. Kyle
Cunning-ham also recorded a pin after quickly dropping his
opponent, Josh Luttman, to the mat. The pin gave the Wildcats a 12-4 lead
going into the 125-pound class.
In the 125-pound class, Nick Martindale recorded a 14-8
decision. His opponent, Jimmy Akiyama, scored first with
a takedown early in the first round. Martindale, starting from
the down position in the second round, reversed Akiyama,
who then reversed Martindale late in the round. But in the third
round it was all Martindale, who racked up two three-point near falls,
two reversals and one two-point near fall.
In the 130-pound class the Wildcat's Jon Emerson
faced Michael Bradley, eventually losing by pin in the second
round. Jeff Stone avenged Emerson's loss in the 135-pound class by
pinning the Knight's Brad Barton in the second round. Stone had
completely dominated the match in the first round.
Chad Mills won by a 10-3 decision over Adam Andrie in
the 140-pound class to make the team score 24-10. Hiram
Tame went with the trend and pinned the Knights' Charlie Winger at
the 1:50 mark of the first round in the 145-pound class. David
Crotts faced a strong Jeremy Benezra in the 152-pound class but came
out on top 7-0. The match found both wrestlers doing rolling
reversals several times, trying to gain the advantage.
In the 160-pound class, Bobby Taylor wasted no time
pinning Newport's Eric Gant at the 1:42 mark of the first round.
Jed McDaniels lost a 3-0 decision to Kasey Kilmer in the
171-pound class. Brad Davis faced Ed Sun in the 189-pound class and
pinned the big guy at the 3:55 mark of the second round. The pin
made the score 45-13, with only two matches left.
Last up for Newport was Josh Leapai. Leapai had wrestled in
the 275-pound class, but it was apparent he had slimmed down
and had not lost any muscle. He worked over the Wildcats'
Dylan Seubert with a 6-1 win, never allowing Seubert to gain an
advantage. Brad Connor took a forfeit for the `Cats in the
275-pound class to round out the match. The win puts the Wildcats clearly
in first place, with Cedarcrest nipping at their heels.
"We didn't know where Leapai would fall," said
coach Bruce Caldwell. "It made sense for him to wrestle at 215,
though," he added.