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‘Cats pick up three weekend wins

Published 10:35am Tuesday, December 24, 2013

While individuals have been able to regularly rack up wins for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats wrestling squad, team victories have been a bit tougher to come by. However, that trend seems to be falling by the wayside, as BRHS picked up three more team victories in weekend grappling action against teams from the state of Georgia.
Below are results from said team matchups.

BRHS 33, Mt. Vernon 27
The Wildcats squeaked out a team victory over Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School (Ga.).
In the 106-pound match, BRHS’ Tyler Presley pinned Mt. Vernon’s Chris Smith in just 49 seconds. 113-pounder Michael Parker followed suit with a win over Alex Walsh with 1:18 left in the second period.
In the 120-pound match, the Wildcats’ Eron Deloney dropped a tough 12-8 decision to Jack Hale. With the Wildcats up 12-3, Mt. Vernon was able to close the gap when Matt Lewis secured a pin over BRHS’ Logan Blair 39 seconds into the first period.
A forfeit gave the Mustangs the lead, one they ended up stretching to 24-12 when  BRHS’ Thomas Coley lost a 9-8 decision to Thomas Stupek in the 152-pound match and Nick Thompson was pinned by MVPS’ Constantine Gavalas in the 160-pound match.
Chase Burton earned some points for BRHS when he won the 170-pound match via forfeit, but MVPS made up that difference when George Gavalas prevailed over Wildcat grappler Deon Maxwell via a 7-2 decision in the 180-pound match.
Benjamin Russell won the final three matches. Kashus Culpepper won the 195-pound match versus Matthew Cooper when he claimed a 13-10 decision. Tae Robinson followed that with a pin over fellow 220-pounder Ahmir Lee with 34 seconds left in the first period.
Daniel Bland’s victory via forfeit was enough to give BRHS the win.
Each team had a double forfeit at the 126 and 145-pound matches.

BRHS 27, Wheeler 48
Benjamin Russell’s grapplers earned six head-to-head victories versus Wheeler (Ga.), but unlike their adversaries, they couldn’t make the most of them as the Wildcats lost 48-27. Culpepper claimed a majority decision victory in the 182-pound match to start things off on the right foot for BRHS.
After Jamie Whitehead was pinned by Wheeler’s Felipe Silva in the 195-pound match, Robinson earned a 15-second pin, and Bland claimed a 17-2 technical fall win.
From there, Wheeler reeled off seven straight wins (four pins and three forfeits). Coley and Maxwell earned decision victories in their respective weight classes, and Aulashua Smoot claimed a first-period win for BRHS, but the deficit was not overcome.

BRHS 27, Sprayberry Senior 49
Robinson and Bland earned pins in the 220-pound and 285-pound matches, respectively.
126-pounder Logan Blair earned a decision win over Sprayberry’s (Ga.) Austin Darnell.
At this point, the good fortune ended for BRHS, as Sprayberry won six of the last seven matches – all by pin or forfeit – to take the match. Coley claimed a forfeit win for BRHS.

BRHS 42, Villa Rica (Ga.) 30
Bland and Blair were the big winners for the Wildcats of Benjamin Russell, as the grapplers claimed pins in the heavyweight and 126-pound matches, respectively.
Parker, Deloney and Culpepper each suffered losses, but forfeit victories by Presley, Robinson, Coley, Whitehead and Chase Burton gave BRHS the team win.

BRHS 39, Mt. Vernon 32
In another close battle with Mt. Vernon, BRHS claimed its third team win of the meet. Coley won a 4-3 decision over Stupek, and Robinson pinned Lee with 45 seconds left in the first period.
Presley also claimed a pin for BRHS.
Forfeitures ended up being the difference, as BRHS claimed four wins by that method, while Mt. Vernon earned two wins via forfeit.