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Elkers win on Senior Night

January 27, 2012

Alex Zimmerman of Johnsonburg tries to step around Ridgway's Corey Bush during action in the 126-pound weight class.

Ridgway wrestling won 70-0 over Johnsonburg Thursday night at Ridgway Area High School in a dual meet.
The Elkers had Senior Night and honored a dozen seniors. The seniors honored were Chad Quail, Chris Woods, Corey Bush, Dakota Dahler, Jake Himes, Kyle Caggiano, Seth Stahl, Slade Horner, Steve Mitchell, Tad Pierce, Trevor Delhunty and Tyler Himes.
"I think the seniors were fired up, it's their day," Ridgway coach Gary Gerber said. "The Johnsonburg kids were scrappy, they fought hard. They were well-coached and they didn't move away from anybody. They kept their kids there, it's good for their kids, it's good for our kids. It makes everybody better. I think they should be proud of the job they're doing."
Gerber said the seniors have been supportive of each other through the years.
"They've been the heart and soul of this program since they came up as ninth and 10th graders," Gerber said. "They've been the foundation and now they're doing extremely well. They're a phenomenal group of athletes. It's great, they're all connected. It's like they're brothers. Everyone's on the same page, it makes it very easy to coach them. They push each other, it's just a great group of kids."
Only five matches were contested on the mat against the Rams. At 170 pounds, Caggiano took on Mitchell Schloder of Johnsonburg. Caggiano scored a takedown late in the first period and then added a set of three back points for a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period. Caggiano reversed Schloder and then added a set of three back points en route to a 16-0 technical fall in four minutes.
"Ridgway's definitely a superior team in D-9," Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said. "They have a lot of talent, a lot of depth. We gave it our best shot, we just came up short. They're a great team from their coaching staff throughout the whole program."
Jake Himes pinned Maison Walters of Johnsonburg in 1:37 in the 182-pound bout and Seth Stahl pinned Dylan DeLong in 16 seconds in the 195-pound bout.
At 126 pounds, Bush faced off with Alex Zimmerman of Johnsonburg. Bush scored a takedown and two back points in the early stages of the bout for a 4-0 lead. Zimmerman was able to secure a reversal with one minute left in the first period to halve the margin. Bush escaped with three seconds left in the period for a 5-2 lead. Zimmerman earned that point right back as Bush was called for his third caution on the ensuing restart. Bush then quickly took down Zimmerman and made the Elker wrestler's lead 7-3 at the end of the first period.
"Alex Zimmerman wrestled a pretty nice match, I was pleased with the way he wrestled," Votano said. "The first two periods, he looked pretty good and kept it close for a little bit. Alex works hard every day. I have big expectations for him. He's only a sophomore."
Bush escaped and scored a takedown for a 10-3 lead. Two back points made the lead 12-3 before Zimmerman escaped. Bush took down Zimmerman and then put together a set of three back points to lead 17-4 at the end of the second period.
A series of takedowns and escapes led to the 21-6 technical fall in 4:47.
At 138 pounds, Dahler took on Caleb Garvey. At 2-all late in the first period, Dahler escaped and then hit a reversal in the second period before hitting a pinning combination and gaining the fall in a time of 2:54.
The following wrestlers won by forfeit for Ridgway: Horner (152), Mike Popson (160), Quail (220), Woods (285), Tad Pierce (120), Zac McKnight (132) and Mitchell (145).
There were no matches contested at 106 or 113 pounds.
Ridgway is scheduled to host Brookville for a dual Tuesday.
The Ridgway senior cheerleaders were also honored. The seniors are Marissa Mahoney, Amanda Maddalena, Brooke Johnson, Carly Popson, Emily Ames, Jennifer Parker, Kendall Jordan, Mary Krewduk, Michelle Buhler, Morgan Herzing, Sam Covac and Samantha Kovalyak.

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