St. Clairsville Sweeps Tri-Match
Cameron tops Brooke
CAMERON — There are moments in sports that sometimes leaves the crowd asking, “what just happened?”.
One of these moments occurred during the wrestling tri-match at Cameron on Wednesday as the Dragons hosted St. Clairsville and Brooke.
There were not just one, but two ties that left the coaches and official looking to the 2016-17 Wrestling Rulebook.
The first match of the contest was a 36-36 tie between host Cameron and Brooke.
The tie-breaker went to Cameron because it had the greater number of falls throughout the match, to give Brooke a heart-breaking defeat.
The heartache was not yet over for the Bruins who fell just short in the second match of the evening, also due to a tie-breaker in a 33-33 deadlock with the Red Devils, in which the rulebook granted St. Clairsville the victory.
“I have never had that happen to me as a coach, Brooke coach Dan Doyle said. “It may have happened twice when I was a wrestler but to happen two times in one day is absolutely unreal.
“It is a gut-wrenching feeling knowing that on one match it came down to the fifth criteria as the tie-breaker and the seventh criteria on the other.”
The final contest of the evening finished without a tie but a narrow 35-29 St. Clairsville victory over Cameron to wrap up an eventful night.
“That was pretty crazy,” Cameron coach Tim Jones said. “I don’t know that I have ever seen back-to-back duals tied and go to multiple tie-breakers. It was pretty wild and it worked out for us so we will take it.”
John Simms, Logan Mackey, Colton Dobbs and Michael Starcher all earned wins over Brooke by pinfall to lead the Dragons to victory over Brooke.
“We really wanted to come out and beat Brooke,” Jones said. “They beat us on Saturday and we felt that we should have won.”
The Dragons earned the victory without a key member to the team as Trin Scott was sidelined with an injury.
“Scott was having a great year,” Jones said of the 126 pound sophomore. “He wrestled hard for us and had some big wins over really good wrestlers but Johnny Simms dropped in weight and filled in for Trin (Scott) and he got a big win that helped us. He really stepped up.”
Brooke’s Gage Barnhart, C. J. Helms and Garret Finsley won by pinfall.
St. Clairsville recorded its first win of the triangular sweep over Brooke.
The Red Devils picked up pins from Ethan Bethel, Michael Vannest and Donte Vincenzo, with Derek Witsberger collecting a 9-5 decision over Brooke’s Finsley, while Quintin Elerick was defeated due to an apparent leg injury.
“We dealt with an injury in the first match but we have a young team and they are tough,” St. Clairsville coach Joel Sansone said. “They are battling and hopefully we can put a few things together before OVAC’s.”
Brooke’s lone pin came from Dalton Yost, while Colton Zomback won by a 2-1 decision and Max Camilletti won by injury.
“Some of our guys came ready,” Doyle said. “It is just dis-heartening going back and thinking what if we had won this match or that match. Then it could have been two dual wins.”
St. Clairsville was led to its second victory by Vannest, Justice McComick and Tyler Delguzzo who all won by pinfall, with Vincenzo earning a victory by decision.
“Vincenzo is our senior leader and Vannest is our only junior,” Sansone said. “They are setting an example and the rest of the guys are just battling and finding ways to win.”
Dobbs and Starcher supplied pinfalls in the final event for Cameron.
“We lost one of our better wrestlers to injury (Scott), so we were kind of worried,” Jones said. “But the kids were amazing (Wednesday). They were ready to go and they wanted to win, so it was good for us all the way around.”