Central Mountain tops Jersey Shore for Big 7 wrestling title
JERSEY SHORE–A look of pure exhaustion crossed the face of Central Mountain’s Isaac Porter, who was forced into overtime after a reversal call in the third period of his 182-pound match Monday night.
The look, which might have had a little frustration worked in, came after Porter battled Jersey Shore’s Dominic Loffredo through three exciting periods.
Once in overtime, Porter quickly scored a takedown for the win, which helped Central Mountain defeat Jersey Shore, 53-12.
The win gave Central Mountain (15-3) its eighth consecutive Big Seven League title.
“Obviously this is a big tune-up for the weekend and a lot of matches are going to come down to a point or an overtime,” Central Mountain coach Doug Buckwalter said. “Porter stayed aggressive and took his shot in overtime. It paid off for him.”
After the bout ended in a 0-0 tie at the end of the first period, Porter escaped to open the second for a 1-0 lead. Porter then controlled Loffredo for the majority of the third period.
Loffredo forced overtime with a late reversal.
“It was just two tough kids going at it,” Jersey Shore coach Shawn Weaver said. “When it gets to overtime we just have to find a way to get that takedown.”
Loffredo wasn’t given much time as Porter aggressively went for the takedown and win.
The bout highlighted a few tight matches on a night that belonged to the Wildcats.
At 145, Demetri Probst controlled Hadyn Swartwood for the majority of their match, but only recorded a 4-0 win.
“He did a really nice job of taking the opportunities when they were there,” Buckwalter said. “He got a takedown in the first period and did a nice job of riding in the second. In the tournaments to end the season you have to limit your mistakes and take your chances when they are there. He (Probst) did a nice job of that tonight.”
Loc Long also had a close match against Nate Lose at 195. Long scored a point in the second period and won, 1-0.
In the only other close match of the night, Jersey Shore’s (14-5) Hunter Zondory defeated Geo Barzona, 2-0. In the two wrestlers’ first meeting of the season, Zondory won 1-0.
At 170, Gavin Caprio started quick with a takedown. He than scored a fall moments later for his 20th career pin.
“He does everything right as far as his work ethic and what he does in the off-season,” Buckwalter said. “In this sport you are rewarded for the amount of time you put into it. He’s one of those guys who put a ton of time in and it’s really paying off for him.”
Chris Confer pinned Isaiah Leone in the second period of their 113 match.
At 160, Chad Reese pinned Max Mason with just two seconds left in the first period.
Central Mountain’s other pin came at 220 when Cameron Porter took advantage of a Jacob Huling mistake in the second period.
Central Mountain 53, Jersey Shore 12
(Match opened at 132)
106: Hunter Zondory (JS) dec. Geo Barzona, 2-0. 113: Chris Confer pins Isaiah Leone, 3:48. 120: Keanan Bottorf wins by forfeit. 126: Noah Ulmer (JS) pins Andrew Petnizzi, :27. 132: Colton Weaver (CM) tech fall Coy Killian, 17-2. 138: Emery Watson (CM) wins by forfeit. 145: Demetri Probst (CM) dec. Hadyn Swartwood, 4-0. 152: Colton Killion (JS) dec. Caleb Turner, 6-1. 160: Chad Reese (CM) pinned Austin White, 1:58. 170: Gavin Caprio (CM) pinned Max Mason, :59. 182: Isaac Porter (CM) dec. Dominic Loffredo, 3-1.195: Loc Long (CM) dec. Nate Lose, 1-0. 220: Cameron Porter (CM) pinned Jacob Huling, 2:57. 285: Bryce Hanley (CM) dec. Bryce Charles, 9-2.
Records: Jersey Shore 14-6. Central Mountain 15-3.