Bobcat Grapplers Drop Close Match To Wolves (01/14/17)
The Clarion Bobcat Wrestling Squad hosted the Kane Wolves, on Wednesday (January 11th) and dropped a close, hard fought match 30-27.
Ben Smith opened the match with a 7-1 win at 195, followed by Thomas Wurster’s first period pin at 220, to give the Cats an early 9-0 lead.
Kane won the next four bouts. Matt Colman dropped a 5-3 decision, at heavyweight. Then Logan Dehner took his opponent into overtime, tied 2-2 before giving up a reversal, to fall 4-2, at 106. After a forfeit win by Kane, Frank Weber dropped a two point, 7-5 decision at 132 giving Kane a 15-9 lead. Clarion lost the three contested bouts in the span by a total of just six points.
Ryley McMaster broke the Kane run, at 138. Leading 6-0, in the third, he pinned his opponent to knot the score at 15-all.
Kane took the lead for good, with Sterling Conner losing by fall at 145, giving the Wolves a 21-15 lead. Mike LeFay lost by fall at 152 and Kane’s lead was now 27-15.
Colton Rapp won his match at 160, with a second period fall cutting Kane’s lead to 27-21. But Seth Nellis dropped a 6-2 decision at 170 and the Wolves were up by 9 points at 30-21.
Colt Stimmell closed the match on a positive note for the Cats, with a pin at 1:27 of the first, setting the 30-27 final.
The Bobcats competed in the Falconer Tournament, Friday and Saturday.
Coach Brian Luton, “Overall, tonight wasn’t the performance or outcome you hope for; some growing pains for some of our junior class. But as long as we use them as growing pains, in a positive way.You just keep trying to get better and better, see what you can get out of these guys and hopefully, guys will keep working hard.
We go to Falconer (Friday and Saturday, January 13th-14th) another grind. So we’re going to throw them right back out there and see what we can do.