Wrestling: Bobcats Finish Second At Coudersport Duals
The Clarion Bobcat wrestlers had a solid showing at the Coudersport Duals on Saturday (January 7th), coming out with a second place finish.
The Cats opened with a 64-11 win over Oswayo Valley. They followed up with a 48-29 victory over Coudersport. Clarion finished the meet dropping a close 36-30 match to Lewisburg.
Jacob Henry finished 3-0, with two wins by fall and a forfeit win. Mason Gourley was also 3-0, with a win by fall, a decision and a forfeit win. Logan Powell, Ben Aaron and Grayson Aaron all finished 2-0, on forfeit wins.
Brendon Wright, Logan Edmonds and Josh Beal all finished with a 2-1 record, with each recording a win by fall and a forfeit win.
Seth Weckerly was 1-2, with his win by major decision. Kaden Ferguson, Zane Vantassel, Matt Alston, and Gavin Hannold were all 1-2, with a win by forfeit.
In exhibition matches against Lewisburg: Wright, and Ferguson both won by fall, Vantassel won by a major decision and Weckerly won by decision. Sebastian Burkhart won by decision an exhibition match against Coudersport.
Bobcat Head Coach Lee Weber shared his thoughts on his team’s performance:
We went 2-1 today and finished 2nd place at the Coudy Duals!
We started with a depleted Oswayo Valley team and won 64-11. We had many forfeits but two wrestlers did win their matches. Seth Weckerly (126) won by major decision 10-1 and Mason Gourley (160) had a quick pin in the 1st period.
Against a good Coudy team we won 48-29. Wrestlers that stood out in this match were Brendon Wright (138), who was winning 12-3 then eventually pinning his opponent near the 5 minute mark. The other was Jacob Henry (145). After being taken down, Jake woke up and dominated his opponent by clamping him down in the 2nd period for a fall.
In the finals against Lewisburg, we started out slow by falling behind 21-0, but Henry at 145 got us going with a fall in the 1st period! At 139, Wright lost an exciting 13-10 match that could have gone either way! Brendon is starting to “get it.” Ben Aaron received a forfeit at 152. Match of the day was at 160, where I bumped up Gourley to face their stud wrestler. Both wrestlers threw haymakers at each other for 3 periods but by the end, Gourley ended up on top 12-10 win! We took our lumps at 172 and 189, against some strong upperclassmen, but we bounced back with 2 convincing wins by falls with Logan Edmonds (215) and Josh Beal (285)! At 107, Kaden Ferguson wrestled his best match of the year but lost in a very exciting 11-10 match! Kaden is starting to realize how to fix some of his mistakes. In the last match, Logan Powell won a solid, controlled match by decisioning his opponent 6-0!
Overall, I was pleased with our competitiveness and I am seeing improvements in our wrestlers! Our next match is at Punxsutawney on Tuesday and our first home match is next Thursday with Ridgway.
(Nice Work, Bobcats!!!! Thanks to Coach Weber for this summary!!)