Prep Wrestling

Black Bears dominate Mountaineers on the mat

Pisgah cruises to big WNCAC win after building a huge 30-0 lead over Tuscola
By Rhonda Byrd | Feb 03, 2013
Photo by: Wesley Pope Pisgah’s Kyle Terrell, top, pins Tuscola’s Sam Ross in the 220-pound match Friday night in Canton. The Black Bears won, 48-20.

CANTON — The Tuscola wrestling team was without the services of Ben Womack when it traveled to Pisgah Friday night.
But it really didn’t matter with or without Womack as four-time defending WNC Athletic Conference champion Pisgah was just too strong for rival Tuscola on the mat Friday night as the Black Bears built a 30-0 lead and cruise to a 48-20 victory over the Mountaineers.
“We wrestled a lot better tonight than we did Tuesday against West Henderson,” said Pisgah Head Coach Ryan Gibson. “Hopefully we got that last match behind us and we can focus on what we have to do ahead. The guys still have a shot at a share of the conference championship by winning the conference tournament. Tonight, I thought we had more intensity than we had against West. The key to finishing up strong is peaking at the right time and having less injuries, which right now I think that we are having both.”
Starting at 220-pounds, Pisgah’s Kyle Terrell pinned Tuscola’s Sam Ross to start the run and Cody Lamb (heavyweight), Justin Smith (106) and Drew Singleton (113) picked up forfeit points to give the Black Bears a 24-0 lead.
At 120, Pisgah’s Jeff Henson pinned Tuscola’s Tanner Milner in the first period with 1:11 left before Mountaineers’ Daniel Messer  (126) stopped the Black Bears’ run with a 5-2 decision over Garren Bailey.
At 132, Pisgah’s Dillon O’Neil pinned Tuscola’s Jonathan Ramirez in the second period and the Black Bears’ Hunter Mease (138)pinned Austin Kirkpatrick to expand the lead to 42-3.
Pisgah and Tuscola traded wins by decision as the Black Bears’ Thomas Mattingly (145) beat Houston Dickens, 10-3, and the Mountaineers’ Jeremiah Royer (152) won 5-2 over Dakota Norris.
At 160, Pisgah’s Austin Browning won by an 8-6 decision over Zach Pottinger for a 48-6 lead over Tuscola.
Then Tuscola went on a mini run, winning the final three matches.
At 170, Tuscola’s Justin Hogan took a 10-2 decision from Ashton Rhinehart and Clay Wightman also won by a 10-2 decision over Harry Massie in the 182-pound match.
Finally at 195, Tuscola’s Skylar Morrissey won by default due to injury when Austin Smiley was knocked out during their match.