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Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY "” Waverly took advantage of four late forfeits from Dryden to blow open a close match en rout to a 48-27 win here Wednesday night in IAC Large School Division wrestling action.

The Wolverines and Purple Lions split the eight bouts contested on the mat, with Waverly holding a 24-21 advantage in those bouts.

"Tonight, we wrestled well, especially with the day off yesterday, which did not help us," said Waverly coach Devan WItman. "They really pulled together, they really wrestled well. I'm very, very proud of them.

"Our heavy hitters did what they needed to do to get us ahead, and we never gave up the lead," added Witman.

Dryden got off to a fast start when its top three wrestlers - Sam Dow, Bobby Brotherton and Matt Mckewin-Bates - scored pins at 138, 145, and 152 pounds, respectively, for an 18-0 lead.

In the opening bout, Dow fell behind 5-0 to Waverly sophomore Garrett Skeens, but caught him for the pin at 3:18.

"Garrett didn't have the outcome he was looking for after being up 5-0 (on Dow), who is ranked in the State," said Witman. "He got in a bad position and it didn't work out, but those are mistakes we can correct."

Junior Austin Kimble stemmed the tide for the Wolverines at 160 pounds with a pin of Chris Combs at 1:42, and senior Ethan Stotler followed it up with a fall of Tristen Price in 69 seconds.

Junior Trevor Meyers tied the match, at 18-18, with a pin of Vincent Scott in 2:47 at 182 pounds.

"Trevor came in way underweight today, he's been battling some illness, but he's a trooper," said Witman. "I can put him anywhere across our line-up, and he'll do it without complaint.

"They wrestled four times last year," noted Witman. "Trevor won three times, and Scott won once.

"They will see each other again this year, I'm sure," added Witman. "It's an important win for Trevor."

Freshman Gage Tedesco received a bye at 195 pounds, but the Wolverines gave a forfeit back to Dryden at 220 pounds.

Waverly then received byes at 285, 106, and 113 to give it an insurmountable 42-24 lead. There was no bout at 99 or 132 pounds.

Freshman Mason Ham gave the Wolverines a bit of insurance with a pin of Chace Scutt in 1:44 at 120 pounds.

Dryden's R.J. Bellanger won the final contested weight class with a wild 14-8 decision over senior Rylan Laforest at 126 pounds.

Waverly returns to action Dec. 27-28 at the Windsor Christmas Tournament.


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Trevor Meyers. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF MATT PATTON.


138: Sam Dow (D) by fall over Garrett Skeens (W), 3:18;
145: Bobby Brotherton (D) by fall over Cole Stanton (W), 2:28;
152: Matt Mckewin-Bates (D) by fall over Lilyparker Ennis (W), 0:31;
160: Austin Kimble (W) by fall over Chris Combs (D), 1:42;
170: Ethan Stotler (W) by fall over Tristen Price (D) (Fall 1:09);
182: Trevor Meyers (W) by fall over Vincent Scott (D), 2:47;
195: Gage Tedesco (W)  won by forfeit;
220: Nate Hollenbeck (D) won by forfeit;
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) by fall over Chace Scutt (D), 1:44;
126: RJ Bellanger (D) dec. Rylan LaForest (W), 14-8;
132: No match.

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