The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


December 12, 2013

Reynolds 20-year home mat streak halted

MERCER COUNTY — They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!

The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.

The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.

Ironically the final bout of the night came down to Reynolds freshman Chase Hauck in his first-ever actual match (he won by forfeit the previous match) against Keegan Fordyce, who just happened to be the son of former Reynolds High mat standout Pat Fordyce.

Charlie Lenox pinned Seth Hogue at 113 to rally McDowell and set up the final match. And then Fordyce edged Hauck, 7-6, at 120 to pull out the victory in a nail-biter.

“There was a lot of pressure on Chase, with the 20-year streak on the line and this being only his first real match,” said Taylor. “I couldn’t be more proud of him, for the way he wrestled and the way he handled himself after the match. He’s a great young kid with a great future.

“We have a lot of young kids. If we had won the match I don’t think we’d have learned as much as we did in losing. I still hate to lose, but we’ll learn more on and off the mat. Now the kids can forget about that streak and the freshmen can now make their mark going forward.”

Taylor praised the work of referees Eric Mount and Andrew Jones for the job they did with a racous crowd and the pressure situation on many close calls.

Several of the individual bouts were close decisions. Austin Moffett (160) scored a pin for Reynolds, while Lenox and Noah Burkhart (138) picked up pins for McDowell.

Reynolds’ Denton Zeronas won by disqualification at 195, while Levi Stoyer (145) won a major decision.

ä Greenville 66, Cochranton 9 — At Greenville Tuesday, the Trojans of coach John Reynolds easily rolled over the Cardinals in the Region 2-AA match to lift their season record to 5-1.

Scoring pins for the Trojans were Jase Paxton (113), Joe Safner (120), Brandon Moss (126), Blake Reynolds (132), Gavin Wilkerson (138), Jacob Rickert (152), Zach Miller (170), Justin Reynolds (182) and Alex Ho (195). Michael Lineman (106) notched a tech fall.

In the highlight match of the evening at 160, Greenville’s Gage Gladysz defeated Robert Boozer, 4-1. Both were Section champions last season at different weights, while Boozer went on to become a state qualifier.


ä Grove City 92, Oil City 72 — At Grove City recently, the Lady Eagles swept all events in the season opener. Senior Meghan Terwilliger, junior Renee Decker and sophomore Kimmi Wendelschaefer each won two individual events each with all 3 girls qualifying for the District 10 meet.

Other individual winners for the Lady Eagles was freshman Emma Rastatter who won the 50 yard freestyle and also qualified for the District 10 meet and senior Cassie Wolowic won the 100 backstroke. The Lady Eagles swept all 3 relays which consisted of: 200 Medley Relay (Decker, Wendelschaefer, Terwilliger, Rastatter);  200 Free Relay (Rastatter, Alaina Thomas, Erin Schmidt and Cassie Wolowic); and 400 Freestyle Relay (Decker, Wendelschaefer, Terwilliger and  Wolowic).


ä Grove City 127, Oil City 32 — The Eagles rolled with numerous members qualifying for the District 10 meet.

Sophmore Austin Wilson won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, qualifying for the D-10 meet. Freshman Rockwell Pokrant won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly with both times qualifying. Freshman Garrett Shaw won the 100 breastroke and qualified in 100 breastroke and 200 IM.

Freshman Devin Reynolds qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyle, senior Samuel Archibald in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, sophomore Thomas Somora in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Sophomore Matt Owrey qualified in the 200 IM and 100 breastroke and junior Ian Craig in the 100 breastroke.

Head Coach Karen Wendelschaefer commented on the boys and girls teams:   “They have been working very hard in practice and have some big goals this year.  I would definitely have to say we are off to a good start. We have a long ways to go but they are very focused and determined.”

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