‘Cats downed by Jefferson Davis, Smiths StationPublished 9:14pm Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The Benjamin Russell Wildcats were overwhelmed by 6A foe Smiths Station Panthers in this past Tuesday’s duals meet, falling 63-9.
That was followed by a close defeat to 6A Jefferson Davis Volunteers, as BRHS lost 39-30.
Smiths Station was able to control the meet against BRHS virtually from the start, as Panther grapplers earned pinfall victories in four matches.
Michael Parker of BRHS lost to Jacobb Goodwin in the 113-pound division via pin in 0:25 of the first period.
Benjamin Russell’s Eron Deloney fell to Smiths Station’s Joshua Jamieson in the first period, as he was pinned at the 0:59 mark.
Wildcat wrestler Kevin Hughley fell to Marcus Ruffin in the 132-pound meet by pinfall at 0:50 of the opening period.
Deon Maxwell and Tae Robinson each earned victories for the Wildcats. In Maxwell’s 170-pound match against SSHS’ Jonah Williams, Maxwell jumped out early on the scorecards before holding off a late charge from Williams to secure a 7-6 decision victory. On the season, the senior is 3-0 for the Wildcats, with one pin and two decision victories.
Robinson earned his win by a pinfall.
In one of the closest matches of the meet, BRHS’ Kashus Culpepper dropped a 12-10 decision to Panther wrestler Coleman Rose.
Culpepper seemed to have momentum in the final period but was unable to secure a potential match-tying takedown as the final seconds ticked away.
In the Wildcats’ meet against Jeff Davis, Parker started things off by redeeming his earlier loss with a pinfall win Jeff Davis’ Brandon Cognan-Floyd in the closing seconds of the third period.
Thomas Coley won his 160-pound match against Volunteers wrestler Trevail Marsh in convincing fashion, securing a 10-3 decision.
Maxwell went 2-for-2 in his outings, squeaking out a 3-2 decision of Jeff Davis 170-pounder Michael Richardson.
In the heavyweight matchup of this meet, Daniel Bland of BRHS came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision against JDHS heavyweight Durrell Robinson.
Currently, the Wildcats are 0-3 in team meets, and will be off for a few days before getting back on the mat in search of their first win.
Next up for Benjamin Russell will be another 6A adversary, as the Wildcats will head to Clay-Chalkville for a meet on Dec. 3.
That match will be followed by a tournament in Huntsville.