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December 19, 2013

Unatego wrestlers pin down MAC win

Staff Report

It took Unatego’s wrestlers a little while to get going Wednesday night, but the Spartans didn’t waste much time after that.

After dropping the first four matches of their non-league dual meet against Cooperstown, the Spartans won 10 of the final 11 bouts for a 60-21 victory that pushed their record to 3-0 this season.

Unatego ended eight of those 10 victories with pins in the first period, and the other two came by way of forfeit.

The Hawkeyes jumped to an 18-0 lead with back-to-back forfeits at 99 and 106 pounds, followed by consecutive decisions by Steve Ratliff (113) and Paul LoRusso (120).

Holden Smith then started a string of five straight Unatego pins, winning his 126-pound match over Nate Miller in 1 minute, 36 seconds.

Austin Ryan (132, 30 seconds), Keith Crawford (138, 1:03), Lucas DeJoy (145, 1:00) and Troy Jones (152, 40 seconds) followed with first-period pins as Unatego took a 30-18 lead.

Reece Johnson’s 9-4 decision at 160 capped Cooperstown’s scoring. The Spartans took the next two matches by forfeit, then closed with pins by Marcus Sperry (195, 1:17), Riley Hanrahan (220, 15 seconds) and Ethan Barber (285, 1:07).

Crawford and Sperry, both seniors, earned their first victories in their first season wrestling for Unatego’s varsity squad.

Unatego will compete in the Windsor Christmas Tournament, which runs Dec. 27-28.

Unatego 60, Cooperstown 21

at Unatego; started at 99

99 pounds: Ethan Russell (C) forfeit; 106: Daniel Ralston (C) forfeit; 113: Steve Ratliff (C) dec. Vita Guglielmetti, 13-8; 120: Paul LoRusso (C) dec. Trenton Gloeckler, 5-0; 126: Holden Smith (U) pinned Nate Miller, 1:36; 132: Austin Ryan (U) pinned Trenton Carentz, :30; 138: Keith Crawford (U) pinned Tyler Koffer, 1:03; 145: Lucas DeJoy (U) pinned T.J. Fay, 1:00; 152: Troy Jones (U) pinned Charles Gannon, :40; 160: Reece Johnson (C) dec. Tristan Knutsen, 9-4; 170: Ryan Marszal (U) forfeit; 182: Nate Wilsey (U) forfeit; 195: Marcus Sperry (U) pinned Dante Poole, 1:17; 220: Riley Hanrahan (U) pinned David Rozella, :15; 285: Ethan Barber (U) pinned Nate Lopez, 1:07. JV score: Unatego, 6-3.

BGAH 38, D/H 34

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