It wasn’t a bonus-point kind of night for the Glenelg Gladiators or the River Hill Hawks, Tuesday, but the Gladiators were able to take tight decision after tight decision from the Hawks and come out with the win, 42-16.
In a series of tight wins, the Gladiators strung together a seven-match winning streak between 171 and 119, with just two of the win bringing along bonus points with Ryan Fitzgibbons and Ryan Carter pinning at 215 and 119, respectively.
“It was wrestling the whole six minutes. River Hill came in obviously ready to go and had scouted a few of our wrestlers, and they are very well couched,” Gladiator coach Chris Rosas said. “The first couple matches, they were stingy with those bonus points, and they did a good job staying off their backs, as did we.”
Of all seven decisions on Tuesday night, six were decided by just five points or less, and three were further won by just three points. Glenelg was the benefactor of five of those bouts, including wins by Charles Walls (171), David Pruett (189), Nick Hoyt (285), Austin Miller (103) and Joe Zoeller (112), all winning by decision.
“We had a couple close matches to start with,” Rosas said, “but from there on out we could follow through.”
“A pin is always big and six points is a big swing,” Fitzgibbons said of the early match falls. “As a team, I would say it was a really good effort.”
The big wins eventually came for the Gladiators, seeing a 15-0 the fall by Nick Caffery in the second period of his 130-pound match, and John Milani taking a major decision at 135 for another bonus point win.
“I just really turned him whenever I could,” Caffery said. “They gave me the last point.”
River Hill opened the dual meet with back-to-back wins from Corey Daniel and Ryan Noonan at 152 and 160, respectively, and closed the meet with split wins at 140 and 145 by Cameron Kirby and Glenelg’s Jack Borkowski.
“We have a lot of things to work on, but we have a tough McDonogh Duals tournament over winter break,” Rosas said. “Right now it is about keeping your weight down and conditioning up.”
Glenelg will be a lead participant in the McDonogh Duals this Dec. 29, while River Hill prepares for 2011 action when it faces Reservoir on Jan. 4.
Glenelg 42, River Hill 16
152 Corey Daniel (RH) dec 8-3 Anthony Pagnotta (GL) [0-3]
160 Ryan Noonan (RH) dec 3-0 Asher (GL) [0-6]
171 Charles Walls (GL) dec 9-4 Logan Kirby (RH) [3-6]
189 David Pruett (GL) dec 7-2 Omar Messaleum (RH) [6-6]
215 Ryan Fitzgibbons (GL) fall 1:45 Jacob Benedict (RH) [12-6]
285 Nick Hoyt (GL) dec 3-2 jason Johnson (RH) [15-6]
103 Austin Miller (GL) dec 8-7 Lee Carter (RH) [18-6]
112 Joe Zoller (GL) dec 7-0 Tyrik Mohammed (RH) [21-6]
119 Ryan Carter (GL) fall 1:32 Patrick Lindin (RH) [27-6]
125 Ryan Blum (RH) fall 2:58 Austin Pagnotta (GL) [27-12]
130 Nick Caffrey (GL) tech fall 15-0 Navarro Roberts (RH) [32-12]
135 John Milani (GL) maj dec 10-2 Casey Guthier (RH) [36-12]
140 Cameron Kirby (RH) maj dec 9-1 Parker Dymond (GL) [36-16]
145 Jack Borkowski (GL) fall 2:26 Chris Hand (RH) [42-16]