Warriors go 1-2 at Whitehill Duals

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Lycoming’s Trevor Corl takes down Wis.-Eau Claire’s Brady Bastyr during Lycoming’s Budd Whitehill Duals on Friday at 157 pounds. Corl won by technical fall, 17-0, 3:44.

Just seconds before Garrett Wesneski walked onto the mat, he turned to Lycoming teammate Trevor Corl and asked what the team score was.

In all the excitement of watching Travis Ogden record a technical fall, he lost track of where the Warriors were in their dual with Castleton on Friday. Corl looked at Wesneski and told him he just had to win for Lycoming to get the victory.

Wesneski did just that. He fired off one good shot for a takedown and then survived a couple headbutts for a decision victory which gave Lycoming a 23-21 win over Castleton on the first day of the 31st Annual Budd Whitehill Duals at Lamade Gym.

It was the lone win of a three-match day for the Warriors as they dropped duals to Wisconsin Eau-Claire (27-15) and The College of New Jersey (37-9). Lycoming slogged through a listless performance in their morning dual with Wisconsin Eau-Claire before bouncing back with a better performance against Castleton.

Lycoming won just two of 12 bouts between 125 and 149 pounds, and one of those was a forfeit. The Warriors also went 0-6 combined at 174 and 184 pounds. Only Wesneski, Ogden and Corl won all three of their bouts yesterday.

Lycoming will compete in the ninth-place bracket this morning, wrestling Washington & Lee at 9 a.m., then following against either Wesleyan or Williams at noon.

“I told the kids we’re going to put kids on the mat who want to wrestle. It’s a street fight and you have to fight,” Lycoming coach Roger Crebs said. “I think in certain spots we were more skilled, but when it came down to downright physicalness, we tucked our tails and ran.”

Wesneski’s victory against Castleton’s Jesse Webb provided one of the few brights spots for Lycoming. In a spot where it was trailing 21-15 and the Warriors had to have two wins, Ogden and Wesneski came through. Ogden posted a 16-0 technical fall setting the stage for sixth-ranked Wesneski to just win his bout to secure the victory.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Wesneski was smart in his approach to wrestling Webb. He made his one good shot in the first period count by finishing the takedown. Then he spent the second and third periods hand-fighting and battling for position with Webb. As the bout got later and later, Wesneski survived a couple headbutts which drew penalty points from the official.

“It was good (Ogden) went out and got the tech. He got the job done,” Wesneski said. “I knew my job was to wrestle hard, wrestle smart and wrestle my match. And I was able to control the match.”

But he was one of few Warriors able to control their matches Friday. Lycoming was outclassed on their feet, giving up 30 takedowns and scoring only 16.

The Warriors just never seemed to find a spark of energy against Eau-Claire. Shane Casey’s wins at 125 pounds couldn’t get the Lycoming lineup firing. Neither could the first of two bonus-point wins for returning All-American Corl at 157 pounds.

The physical nature of Eau-Claire’s wrestlers seemed to stunt Lycoming’s offensive attacks. The Blugolds recorded three falls as tit opened a 21-8 lead before coasting to the win.

In the final match of the day, the Warriors had no answer for TCNJ, which went undefeated in pool play. Lycoming was pinned in the first three bouts and allowed a technical fall in the fourth. The Warriors were down 23-0 to the Lions before Corl broke the losing skid with a 4-1 victory.

Crebs and Wesneski agreed a solid performance today on the final day of the tournament could salvage good feelings from the weekend. But the Warriors also got more banged up Friday. Joe Santomarco finished the day on crutches and Ryan Bohringer had to forfeit his final bout at 174 pounds because of an injury.

“It would be nice to win (Saturday), but even more so, I would like to see more fight out of everyone,” Wesneski said. “I want to see that and higher spirits. Everyone here is going to be sore (Saturday). Everyone has wrestled tough matches. We’ll see what we’re really made of. I guess we’ll see what our character is.”

BUDD WHITEHILL

NATIONAL DUALS

ROUND 1

Group A

York 40, Southern Virginia 6

Oswego 33, Williams 16

Group B

TCNJ 34, Castleton 9

Wisconsin Eau-Claire 27, Lycoming 15

Group C

Washington & Lee 32, Ohio Northern 10

Springfield 20, Wilkes 17

Group D

Messiah 23, Wesleyan 18

Wisconsin-Stevens Point 28, Cortland 15

ROUND 2

Group A

York 36, Oswego 11

Williams 29, Southern Virginia 26

Group B

TCNJ 28, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 13

Lycoming 23, Castleton 21

Group C

Springfield 20, Washington & Lee 18

Wilkes 31, Ohio Northern 16

Group D

Messiah 26, Cortland 22

Wisconsin-Stevens Point 28, Wesleyan 15

ROUND 3

Group A

York 36, Williams 11

Oswego 39, Southern Virginia 6

Group B

TCNJ 37, Lycoming 9

Wisconsin-Eau Claire 23, Castleton 14

Group C

Wilkes 24, Washington & Lee 12

Springfield 24, Ohio Northern 15

Group D

Wisconsin-Stevens Point 25, Messiah 24

Wesleyan 20, Cortland 19

LYCOMING RESULTS

Wisconsin Eau-Claire 27, Lycoming 15

125: Shane Casey, L, dec. Jack Marley, 3-2. 133: Thomas Severson, W, dec. Seth Andrus, 9-4. 141: Jake Drexler, W, pinned Joe Santomarco, 3:52. 149: Hunter Pierce, W, dec. Andy Aguilar, 7-4. 157: Trevor Corl, L, tech. fall Brady Bastyr, 17-0, 3:44. 165: Chase Schmidt, W, dec. Hadyn Swartwood, 8-3. 174: Evan Lawrence, W, pinned Ryan Bohringer, 6:03. 184: Jordan Blanchard, W, pinned Brad Miccio, 2:29. 197: Travis Ogden, L, dec. James Huntley, 5-2. 285: Garrett Wesneski, L, maj. dec. Austin Hakes, 10-1.

Takedowns: Wisconsin Eau-Claire 15, Lycoming 5.

Lycoming 23, Castleton 21

125: Nick Camacho, C, dec. Shane Casey, 3-1. 133: Mike Gonyea, C, pinned Seth Andrus, 1:22. 141: Joe Santomarco, L, by forfeit. 149: Jason Ashline, C, dec. Andy Aguilar, 5-1. 157: Trevor Corl, L, pinned Cooper Fleming, 3:40. 165: Hadyn Swartwood, L, dec. Cameron Miliken, 8-1. 174: Chance LaPier, C, dec. Ryan Bogringer, 13-7. 184: Jason Hoffman, C, pinned Brody Keefe, 2:19. 197: Travis Ogden, L, tech. fall Mitchell LaFlam, 16-0, 5:52. 285: Garrett Wesneski, L, dec. Jesse Webb, 6-0.

Takedowns: Castleton 9, Lycoming 7.

TCNJ 37, Lycoming 9

125: Dan Ortega, T, pinned Shane Casey, 3:45. 133: Jake Giordano, T, pinned Seth Andrus, 0:37. 141: Robert Dinger, T, pinned Joe Santomarco, 3:22. 149: Ryan Budzek, T, tech. fall Josiah McClaren, 17-0, 5:13. 157: Trevor Corl, L, dec. Mark Gerstacker, 4-1. 165: John Garda, T, dec. Hadyn Swartwood, 4-0. 174: Dan Kilroy, T, by forfeit. 184: Dan Surich, T, tech. fall Brad Miccio, 16-0, 3:36. 197: Travis Ogden, L, dec. Alex Mirabella, 9-2. 285: Garrett Wesneski, L, dec. Thomas Marretta, 6-0.

Takedowns: TCNJ 6, Lycoming 4.

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