Warriors earn pair of victories
STEPHENS CITY – Sherando junior wrestler Curtis Guthridge picked a good time to achieve a personal first on Wednesday night.
With the Warriors trailing Millbrook 12-0 following a pair of pins by the Pioneers early in the teams’ Northwestern District dual at Sherando, Guthridge gave his team a spark. The junior scored a third-period pin on Millbrook’s Corey Gloyd to cut Sherando’s deficit in half, starting a run of four straight Warrior wins.
Sherando went on to beat the Pioneers, 46-27, capping a successful night that also saw the Warriors top James Wood, 44-25, earlier in the evening.
“This is the first time I beat a kid from Millbrook. I got tired of losing to them, so I finally got to beat a kid from Millbrook at home. It felt good,” said Guthridge, who won both of his matches via pin on Wednesday.
“Last time I wrestled him I just wasn’t feeling it but this time I was like, ‘I want to pin him to prove a point.'”
Millbrook opened its match against the Warriors (18-8) in impressive fashion, as Chase Canter caught Sherando’s Anthony Damico for a second-period pin in the opening 113-pound bout before Ryan Meushaw followed with a first-period pin of his own against Mike Duffy at 120.
“Not to take anything away from Millbrook, but we came out the second match and I don’t know what it was,” Warriors head coach Pepper Martin said. “It was a combination of Millbrook coming out and being real physical and aggressive with us and I think the other part is, not our team collectively, but I think a few of our wrestlers individually underestimated their opponent, and it cost them.”
Guthridge was able to halt the damage in the 126-pound match. After building a 9-2 lead over Gloyd on the strength of two near-falls, Guthridge finally put both of Gloyd’s shoulders to the mat in the third period.
Guthridge chose to start the final period in a neutral position and scored a takedown nearly a minute into the frame. He finally got the pin with 49 seconds showing on the clock.
“I was trying to get him first into a butcher but he was slippery, so I was just trying to get him in a cradle or something because my arms were getting pretty sore after the first match,” Guthridge said. “I was just hoping to stick him real quick.”
Justin Feighery scored a victory via decision at 132 to pull Sherando within 12-9, and a major decision win by Colton Simmons in the 138-pound bout gave the Warriors a 13-12 lead.
James Platts (142 pounds) extended Sherando’s lead with a first-period pin, and the Warriors took a 31-15 lead over the Pioneers following a Millbrook forfeit at 160 and a pin by Sherando sophomore John Borst (170 pounds).
Borst, who is one pin shy of tying the school record for pins in a season, won both of his matches via fall on Wednesday.
“Coming into tonight it was just kind of like looking for those six points to get on the board and knowing that the team needed them no matter what. So you find a way to get them, and I did,” said Borst, who improved to 38-2 on the season with 33 pins.
Sherando took a 34-15 lead following a 4-3 win by Kendall Helsley at 182, but Millbrook responded with pins by Dylan Wisman (195) and Joseph Tanner (220) to pull within seven points.
Warriors junior Ben Avery scored a first-period pin on Joshua Vanderhoof, and another Millbrook forfeit at 106 pounds set the final margin.
Sherando’s Jeremiah Platts, a recent addition to the team after being academically ineligible the first semester, got the Warriors off to a strong start against James Wood in the first match of the evening.
Platts, a 106-pounder, earned a 12-3 major decision over Corey Lemons to stake Sherando an early 4-0 lead.
The Colonels responded with a major decision from Aaron Black to even the score, but Sherando got a big win from Duffy at 120 pounds.
Duffy scored a first-period takedown of Matt Artrup and held on for a 2-1 win, the beginning of a string of five straight wins for the Warriors during the match.
“[The 120-pound match] was certainly a swing match against James Wood. It was a real important match for us and I think by winning that we got a little bit of momentum built up,” Martin said. “We were actually able to win two or three key weight classes. I thought we wrestled pretty well against James Wood. Without a doubt better than we did last weekend.”
A Guthridge pin, a decision victory by Feighery, a major decision by Simmons and a pin by James Platts gave the Warriors a commanding 26-4 lead over James Wood, and pins by Coleman and Borst extended that lead to 38-10 later in the match.
James Wood won three straight upperweight bouts to cut Sherando’s lead to 38-25 before Avery capped the Warriors’ win with a quick pin of Matt Popish.
Avery was able to throw Popish quickly to the ground in the first 20 seconds of the match and secured the pin several seconds later.
“I went out on the mat and I started pressuring him and he started to back up. I was like, ‘I wonder if I can get him to push back into me?’ I started back up a little bit, pushed into him and we he pushed back I did a slide by,” Avery said.
“If you do a slide by right and you know how to do it, they should go right to their back. … I did it the best that I could and it worked out.”
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