Wellington wrestlers dominated on scoreboard but not the mat in Augusta

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The scoreboard looked ugly for the Wellington High School wrestlers: Augusta 45 Wellington 12.The battle for the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV crown in Augusta appeared like a blowout. But wrestling is a funny sport. Unlike a basketball or football game where 45-12 is indeed a blowout, 45-12 in wrestling can actually be much closer than it sounds. Wellington lost four decisions in Thursday night’s dual which could have gone the other way. And arguably, Wellington’s Mitchell Lowe at 220 and Tyson Hodson at 285 decision victories could have been pins.But it wasn’t meant to be as Wellington lost to a very veteran group with seven senior Orioles in the starting lineup.“We have 16 wrestlers who are sophomore and freshman,” said Mitch McComb, Wellington head wrestling coach. “Augusta has more experience. I was pleased with our effort, but not so much with the results.”There were quite a few story lines for this one. Wellington came into the dual sporting a 2-0 league record, having upset Andale and convincingly beating Clearwater at home the week before. Augusta, although not ranked like Andale, was considered the favorite against Wellington because it matched up well against the Dukes.Wellington’s Andrew Horn at 132 pounds lost a 6-4 overtime match to Kaleb Bratton in what was as exciting match as you will see in high school wrestling.The two boys were tied 2-all after two periods and 4-all in the third, going into overtime. After an aggressive free-for-all, Bratton scored a takedown 24.9 seconds in the extra frame.Duke Taylon Lamkin at 195 had a similar heartbreaker. He was tied with Colby Willis when he was reversed at the buzzer to lose 4-2.Crusader Graysen DeJarnett lost 2-1 to Nathan Moore at 113 and Oriole Corey White got a three-point near fall late in his match with Andrew Pelkey at 138 pounds.“Those were all matches we could have won,” McComb said. “We learned a lot of things Thursday night. Augusta was much more aggressive. We wrestled not to lose.”Wellington’s Jason Haydon at 160 returned to the lineup after suffering a rib injury. He had a tough match against Quinton Spainhour of Augusta, who has been in the top 10 wrestling rankings. Spainhour led 11-0 going into the third when Haydon made a valiant effort to score two takedowns and narrow the margin to 11-4.But with time running out he attempted a flip to his back to score a reversal from the defensive position. But he got caught.“He essentially pinned himself,” McComb said.McComb said Haydon’s ribs are still bothering him and he is going to keep him out for the rest of the regular season and get him ready for regional.Wellington had three wrestlers victorious. Garrett Wells picked up his first varsity win at 126 with a pin. Lowe at 220 pulled off perhaps the upset of the night getting an 8-7 decision over Chance Runnion. Lowe, arguably, had Runnion pinned late in the second. The match was knotted at 7-all late when Lowe made an escape for victory.Tyson Hodson at 285 also lost the benefit of getting a pin he probably deserved to have, but he still won 7-4 over Jake Ehrich.“I think I counted three pins in those two matches,” McComb said.Wellington will battle in the Rose Hill Invitational a week from now. Wellington will host Circle Thursday on its final dual of the season at home on senior night. Augusta 45 Wellington 12106 — Jake Goldenstine (A) pinned Sage Ferguson in second.113 — Nathan Moore (A) 3-1 decision over Graysen DeJarnett.120 — Josh Moore (A) 7-0 dec. over Brad Wiens.126 — Garrett Wells (W) pinned Tyler Hildibrand 51.7 in third.132 — Kaleb Bratton (A) 6-4 dec. over Andrew Horn in OT.138 — Corey White (A) 5-0 dec. over Andrew Pelkey.145 — Brett Hamilton (A) 9-4 dec. over Ben DeJarnett.152 — Ron Winzer (A) 8-4 dec. over Joey Haydon.160 — Quinton Spainhour (A) pinned Jason Haydon 28.4 in thrid.170 — Augusta open.182 — Wright Bosley (A) pinned Aaron Fair, 9.2 in first.195 — Colby Willis (A) 3-1 over Taylon Lamkin.220 — Mitchell Lowe (W) 8-7 dec. over Chance Runnion.285 — Tyson Hodson (W) 7-4 dec. over Jake Ehrich.Photo caption — Tyson Hodson appears to have a pin in his grasp against Jake Ehrich of Augusta. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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