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Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY "” Waverly won six consecutive weight classes - two falls, and four forfeits - to overcome an early deficit, and post a 53-24 win over Whitney Point here Wednesday night in IAC Large School wrestling action.

"It's a good win," said Waverly coach Devan Witman.

"You never know what Whitney Point is coming in with. They are one of those teams that practices a lot of headlocks, and they can catch you in a lot of different ways," he noted. "We tried to practice our best sound technique.

"It wasn't our best wrestling tonight, but it was a good win for us," added Witman.

In the opening bout, Whitney Point's Hunter Ballard rallied from a 6-2 deficit to edge Waverly junior Austin Kimble, 8-7, at 152 pounds, to give the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead.

After Waverly senior Ethan Stotler received a forfeit at 160 pounds, Killian Prentice and Austin Quail registered falls for Whitney Point, at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively, to give them a 15-6 lead.

Junior Trevor Meyers started Waverly's decisive run with a pin of Ryan Quail in 2:45 at 195 pounds, and freshman Gage Tedesco overwhelmed Whitney Point's Colin Weeks for a fall in 22 seconds to give the Wolverines the lead for good, at 18-15.

"I know it's early, and there are still a lot of matches to go, but Trevor and Gage are putting together great years," said Witman. "We'll see where it goes in the next couple weeks because we're going to run into some hammers.

"They work extremely hard in the room," added Witman. "Those two are partners and the beat each other up. Now, they're starting to see some of those results out on the mat."

Senior Trent Skeens, at 285, freshman Connor Stotler (106), senior Madison Yeakel (113), and freshman Madison Ham (120) each received forfeits to give Waverly a 42-15 lead. (There was no match at 99 pounds.)

State-ranked Aidan Rosa ended Waverly's run with an 8-5 decision over senior Rylan Laforest, but needed a five-point move in the third period to rally.

"That one was a killer," said Witman. "Rylan got taken down early in the first, worked his way back, and led 5-3 in the third period. That's a situation where he has to know that he doesn't need the takedown.

"It was a funky position and he tried to force it, and score more more points than he needed, and it didn't work out for him.

"We fix that one mistake, and it's a different match," added Witman. "We see Whitney Point two or three more times. If we get that match-up again, I think it ends up completely different."

Sophomore Garrett Skeens put Waverly back on the winning track with a 15-0 technical fall of WP's Kristian Nilsen in 4:55. Skeens led 10-0 after the first period.

Sophomore Cole Stanton kept it going to the Wolverines, slapping a headlock on Devin Mardisosan, and scoring a 39-second fall to give Waverly a 53-18 lead.

"We found a move for Cole Stanton, he likes that headlock," said Witman. "It's interesting because he hits it so well.

"For some reason, I can't get him to hit a high-crotch that well, but that headlock is textbook; he get his hips through and has that guy airborne," added Witman.

In exhibition matches, freshman Lilyparker Ennis and senior Austin Snider registered falls.

Waverly returns action Saturday at the Campbell-Savona Duals.


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Trevor Meyers. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.



152: Hunter Ballard (WP) dec. Austin Kimble (W), 8-7;
160: Ethan Stotler (W) won by forfeit;
170: Killian Prentice (WP) by fall over Kaden Kipling (W), 1:37;
182: Austin Quail (WP) by fall over Andrew Kimble (W), 0:47;
195: Trevor Meyers (W) by fall over Ryan Quail (WP), 2:45;
220: Gage Tedesco (W) by fall over Colin Weeks (WP), 0:22;
285: Trent Skeens (W) won by forfeit;
99: No match;
106: Connor Stotler (W) won by forfeit;
113: Madison Yeakel (W) won by forfeit;
120: Mason Ham (W) won by forfeit;
126: Aiden Rosa (WP) dec. Rylan LaForest (W), 8-5;
132: Garrett Skeens (W) tech. fall over Kristian Nilson (WP), 15-0 @ 4:55;
138: Cole Stanton (W) by fall over Devin Mardirosan (WP), 0:39;
145: Jordan Canniff (WP) by fall over Braeden Hills (W), 0:16.

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