The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling squad picked up a pair of victories over the Johnsonburg Rams and Sheffield Wolverines during a tri-meet at SMAHS on Saturday morning. The Dutch defeated the Rams 72-12 and beat the Wolverines 59-9. Sheffield also picked up a 48-18 victory over Johnsonburg.
"In general, we had real nice team efforts today," said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. "The kids wrestled well and we fed off of each other. We need to use some of our matches as learning experiences, and that is where we've been at for the most part this year is trying to get better every day and we could use today as part of that."
"I thought Billy Gabor wrestled well in his match against Sheffield. He's a young guy we've got. Gary Fledderman won two matches today. He's down at 195 for us. He's our 195/220 pounder. He's been improving, and that's how a lot of our team is. It's really hard to really pick out some individuals today because we have been wrestling as a team, and everybody is picking little things and getting a little bit better," Surra added.
The first match of the day pitted St. Marys against Johnsonburg and opened at 126 pounds, where Johnsonburg's Alex Zimmerman pinned Dylan Smith at the 2:27 mark of their match, giving the Rams a 6-0 lead. The Dutchmen tied things up at 6-all as Brandon Mackie received a forfeit at 132 pounds.
Johnsonburg's Caleb Garvey put the Rams back in front as he pinned Tyler Yetzer at the 5-minute mark of their match after being down 7-2 to give the Rams a 12-6 lead. St. Marys pulled back in front for good though as Sam Miller and Bill Gabor received forfeits at 145 pounds and 152 pounds, respectively, to give the Dutchmen an 18-12 advantage.
At 160 pounds, Dutchmen Josh Cameroni pinned Michael Kennedy at the 3:03 minute mark, and Ken Stage also added six more points for St. Marys after receiving a forfeit at 170 pounds to make the score 30-12. Dutchmen Joe McLaughlin pinned Maison Walters 1:34 into their match at 182 pounds, and Gary Fledderman also picked up a win for the Dutch at 195 pounds after he pinned Dylan DeLong at the 2:58 mark of their match to make St. Marys' lead 42-12.
The rest of the matches ended in forfeits by the Rams. St. Marys' wrestlers Mike Wolfel, Brian Carnahan, Ray Dent, Evan Smith, and Willie McGonnell picked up wins at 220 pounds, 285 pounds, 106 pounds, 113 pounds, and 120 pounds, respectively, making the final score 72-12 in favor of the Dutchmen.
The second match of the day saw Johnsonburg back in action, this time as they took on Sheffield. The match opened at 132 pounds and saw Tyler Breisson pick up a forfeit for the Wolverines, giving them a 6-0 lead. Caleb Garvey tied things up at 6-all after he pinned Collin Maines at the 2:50 mark of their match. There was no match at 145 pounds.
Sheffield pulled ahead again on a forfeit, this time as Steven Gregersen picked up the win at 152 pounds. Johnsonburg once again evened the score with a pin though as Michael Kennedy won by fall over Rayshonn Freiler at the 5:12 mark at 160 pounds.
The Wolverines took the lead for took as Jeff Castro won by forfeit at 170 to make the score 18-12. Sheffield extended their advantage with a pair of pins as Anthony Jones won by fall over Maison Walters at the 1:09 mark at 182 pounds, and Hunter Jones pinned Dylan DeLong at the 1:20 mark at 195 pounds, making the score 30-12.
There was no match at 220 pounds. Sheffield's Meyers Chea won by forfeit at 285 pounds to make the score 36-12. There was no match at 106 pounds. The Wolverines picked up their final points of the match, as Ricky Prosen and Brandon Johnston both won by forfeit at 113 and 120 pounds, respectively, to make the score 48-12. At 126 pounds, Johnsonburg's Alex Zimmerman pinned Adam Barr at the 1:11 mark to make the final score 48-18 in favor of Sheffield.
"Today was a nice day to get some more mat time under our belts. A couple guys got a few more wins under their belts today," said Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano. "Hopefully this will carry into the rest of the season and into districts. "It was nice to wrestle St. Marys, we haven't seen them all year. They have some talent on their team, and it was nice to get some other competition. "
Votano added that wrestling in the tri-meet provided a good opportunity for his squad, and several of Johnsonburg's wrestlers fared well in both of their matches.
"Alex Zimmerman finished the day at 2-0. Caleb Garvey finished the day at 2-0. Michael Kennedy split 1-1 today. All these guys have been working hard, and hopefully this will continue on for the rest of the season," Votano said.
The final match of the day saw the Dutchman back on the mat as they took on the Wolverines. The match started at 138 pounds where St. Marys' Tyler Yetzer won a 16-2 major decision over Collin Maines to put the Dutch up 4-0. Sam Miller added to St. Marys' lead as he won by forfeit at 145 pounds to make the score 10-0.
Dutchman Bill Gabor pinned Steven Gregerson at the 1:34 mark of their 152-pound match, and Alex Feldbauer added another pin for St. Marys at 160 pounds as he won by fall over Rayshonn Freiler at the 1-minute mark of their match, making the score 22-0.
At 170 pounds, Dutchman Josh Cameroni won a 5-1 decision over Anthony Jones. St. Marys' Joe McLaughlin pinned Jeff Castro at the 45-second mark at 182 pounds, and Gary Fledderman won by fall at 195 pounds as he pinned Hunter Jones at the 4:15 mark of their match to give the Dutchmen a 37-0 lead.
Dutchman Mike Wolfel won by forfeit at 220 pounds to put St. Marys up 43-0. Sheffield finally got on the board after Meyers Chea pinned Brian Carnahan at the 1:11 mark of their 285-pound match, making the score 43-6. St. Marys' Ray Dent won by forfeit at 106 pounds to extend the Dutchmen's lead to 49-6.
At 113 pounds, Sheffield's Ricky Prosen recorded a 6-4 decision over Willie McGonnell in the sudden victory overtime period to make the score 49-9. Evan Smith then scored four more points for the Dutch as he recorded an 18-5 major decision over Brandon Johnston at 120 pounds to increase St. Marys' lead to 53-9. At 126 pounds, St. Marys' Dylan Smith recorded an 8-6 decision over Adam Barr in sudden victory to make the score 56-9 in favor of the Dutch. In the final match, at 132 pounds, Dutchman Alex Coudriet recorded a 5-0 decision over Tyler Breisson to give St. Marys Area the 59-9 victory.
In an exhibition match, Dutchman Mike Wolfel pinned Slater Traister at the 1:08 mark.
The Dutchmen will be back in action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Brockway to take on the Rovers with junior high wrestling scheduled for 6 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7 p.m.
The results of Saturday's varsity matches follow:
St. Marys 72
126 - Alex Zimmerman - J pinned Dylan Smith, 2:27, 0-6.
132 - Brandon Mackey - SM won by forfeit, 6-6.
138 - Caleb Garvey - J pinned Tyler Yetzer, 3:00, 6-12.
145 - Sam Miller - SM won by forfeit, 12-12.
152 - Bill Gabor - SM won by forfeit, 18-12.
160 - Josh Cameroni - SM pinned Michael Kennedy, 3:03, 24-12.
170 - Ken Stage - SM won by forfeit, 30-12.
182 - Joe McLaughlin - SM pinned Mason Walters, 1:34, 36-12.
195 - Gary Fledderman - SM pinned Dylan DeLong, 2:58, 42-12.
220 - Mike Wolfel - SM won by forfeit, 48-12.
285 - Brian Carnahan - SM won by forfeit, 54-12.
106 - Ray Dent - SM won by forfeit, 60-12.
113 - Evan Smith - SM won by forfeit, 66-12.
120 - Willie McGonnell - SM won by forfeit, 72-12.
132 - Tyler Breisson - S won by forfeit, 6-0.
138 - Caleb Garvey - J pinned Collin Maines, 2:50, 6-6.
145 - No match.
152 - Steve Gregerson - S won by forfeit, 12-6.
160 - Michael Kennedy - J pinned Rayshonn Freiler, 5:12, 12-12.
170 - Jeff Castro - S won by forfeit, 18-12.
182 - Anthony Jones - S pinned Mason Walters, 1:09, 24-12.
195 - Hunter Jones - S pined Dylan DeLong, 1:20, 30-12.
220 - No match.
285 - Meyers Chea - S won by forfeit, 36-12.
106 - No match.
113 - Ricky Prosen - S won by forfeit, 42-12.
120 - Brandon Johnston - S won by forfeit, 48-12.
126 - Alex Zimmerman - J pinned Adam Barr 1:11, 48-18.
St. Marys 59
138 - Tyler Yetzer - SM major dec. Collin Maines, 16-2, 4-0.
145 - Sam Miller - SM won by forfeit, 10-0.
152 - Bill Gabor - SM pinned Steven Gregerson, 1:34, 16-0.
160 - Alex Feldbauer - SM pinned Rayshonn Freiler, 1:00, 22-0.
170 - Josh Cameroni - SM dec. Anthony Jones, 5-1, 25-0.
182 - Joe McLaughlin - SM pinned Jeff Castro, 0:45, 31-0.
195 - Gary Fledderman - SM pinned Hunter Jones, 4:15, 37-0.
220 - Mike Wolfel - SM won by forfeit, 43-0.
285 - Meyers Chea - S pinned Brian Carnahan, 1:11, 43-6.
106 - Ray Dent - SM won by forfeit, 49-6.
113 - Ricky Prosen - S dec. Willie McGonnell, 6-4, OT, 49-9.
120 - Evan Smith - SM major dec. Brandon Johnston, 18-5, 53-9.
126 - Dylan Smith - SM dec. Adam Barr, 8-6, OT, 56-9.
132 - Alex Coudriet - SM dec. Tyler Breisson, 5-0, 59-9.