‘Cats bury CougarsPublished 10:12am Friday, January 11, 2013
By Ed Bailey
In what was a one-sided meet from start to finish, the Benjamin Russell High School wrestling team trounced the Cougars of Clay-Chalkville by a total score of 54-14.
The Wildcats were on their collective A-games for much of the meet, as they only dropped two matches all night, one for junior varsity and one for varsity.
According to Benjamin Russell head wrestling coach Andrew Campbell, the night was all about taking care of business for his team.
“We knew what we had to do,” Campbell said. “I’m really proud of our team and I’m proud of our seniors.”
Campbell said that his team’s resounding victory was a result of proper execution from top to bottom.
“We came in and did what we had been working on all week,” he said.”We went out there and tried to take care of business. We did a good job Thursday night.”
The meet began with consecutive pins by Sam Brown and Latrevor Milner.
Overall, eight of the Wildcat grapplers’ victories during the match-up came by way of pinfall.
Benjamin Russell’s seniors were dominant, as each of them were victorious in their respective match-ups.
Devante Stamps, fresh off a strong performance at the Scott Rohrer Invitiational, defeated Clay-Chalkville’s Jack Dobbins by at 10-4 decision in a 145-pound contest.
Gavin Fuller scored a second-round pin over the Cougars’ Justin Carty in a 132-pound tilt.
In a 152-pound match, Logan Clark coasted to a 7-0 decision over Austin Weldon.
Blake Chappell had perhaps the most impressive outing as he won his 182-pound match versus Brandon Wood by pin 16 seconds into the opening round.
Campbell said he was most impressed with some of his less-heralded wrestlers and the killer instinct that the team showed.
He added that being able to finish matches would be huge for the team as they head to the Arab Invitational at Arab High School and continue towards the Class 5A state playoffs.
“Aaron Deloney had a big pin for us,” Campbell said. “I liked that we were able to take advantage of pinning situations because in tournament settings, that will get you points.”