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Zimmerman one away from 100 career wins

February 11, 2011

Photo by Joseph Bell – Johnsonburg senior Max Zimmerman, left, grapples with Kane's Brandon Kowatch during Kane's 58-11 victory Thursday night over host Johnsonburg. Zimmerman earned career win No. 99 with his victory over Kowatch.

JOHNSONBURG – With a pinfall victory just 47 seconds into his match, Johnsonburg senior Max Zimmerman strutted off the mat Thursday night with 99 career wins to his credit. While the Rams lost 58-11 to visiting Kane, Johnsonburg head wrestling coach Tom Launer had nothing but praise for his senior standout.
"Max Zimmerman is doing good, he worked the whole year at getting down to 135 pounds, he's been there for the last two or three matches and he's looking good, I think it's a good weight for him," Launer said. "I don't think he was big enough to be at 145 but he's doing a great job at 135 pounds.
"He's sitting on 99 wins so hopefully next Thursday night, he gets his 100th win here at home."
Zimmerman started his match at 135 pounds with a takedown 16 seconds in to take a 2-0 lead and later pinned Kane's Brandon Kowatch at the 1:13 mark.
The Rams first got on the board facing an 18-0 deficit after three forfeits when senior Jesse Wolfe made his way to the mat in the 125-pound bout.
Wolfe started out strong with a takedown 20 seconds into his match to take an early 2-0 lead; back-to-back combinations gave Wolfe six back points and an 8-0 lead; a late takedown gave the senior a 10-0 cushion after one period.
In the second period, Wolfe scored a reversal at the 1:42 mark followed by two back points at 1:12 to take a 14-0 lead. After giving up a one-point escape, Wolfe sealed the match with a takedown with 19 seconds left in the second period for a 16-1 technical fall.
"Jesse Wolfe wrestled another good match, a dominating performance and he's really doing a good job piling on the points," Launer said.
That was it for the Rams in the win column as Mitchell Schloder and Eric Bevacqua were unable to come up with victories for the home team.
Schloder fell victim to an early takedown and later three back points to end the first period facing a 5-0 deficit at 160 pounds.
In the second period, Kane's Mike Swartwood scored a takedown at the 1:44 mark of the second period and three back points at the buzzer gave him a 10-0 advantage; Swartwood cleaned up shop in the third period with a reversal 30 seconds into the period and three back points with 38 seconds left to earn a 15-0 technical fall.

Pick up a copy of the Friday, February 11, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

Kane 58, Johnsonburg 11

103 - John Emer (K) win by forfeit (6-0 K)
112 - Jon Gelsick (K) win by forfeit (12-0 K)
119 - Darren Brown (K) win by forfeit (18-0 K)
125 - Jesse Wolfe (J) technical fall John Welch (K), 16-1, 3:41 (18-5 K)
130 - Will Hulings (K) win by forfeit (24-5 K)
135 - Max Zimmerman (J) pin Brandon Kowatch (K), :47 (24-11 K)
140 - Derek Woodward (K) win by forfeit (30-11 K)
145 - Evan Delong (K) win by forfeit (36-11)
152 - Nate Moore (K) win by forfeit (42-11)
160 - Mike Swartwood (K) technical fall Mitchell Schloder (J), 15-0, 5:22 (47-11)
171 - Sean Welch (K) pin Eric Bevacqua (J), 2:19 (52-11)
189 - No Match
215 - No Match
285 - Josh Kibbie (K) win by forfeit (58-11)

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