Times Sports Editor
Five forfeits and a loss by fall in the opening seven weight classes put North Clay in a hole they were unable to dig themselves out from against visiting Southmont on Tuesday.
The Mounties jumped out to a 30-0 lead before North Clay was able to get on the board via a decision by Garrett Modesitt. But Southmont eventually claimed a 76-45 victory against the Knights.
Modesitt was the first North Clay wrestler able to get a victory by holding off Dylan Rogers over the final two periods for a 3-1 decision.
Southmont came back to win by forfeit at 100 pounds and Gibby Paxton rode out Christian Crews to gain a 3-0 win to push the Mounties' lead to 39-3.
North Clay was never quite able to string together enough wins to gather momentum versus the visitors on Tuesday.
Durcholz fell behind 13-6 via nearfall points late in the second period, but rallied back to put Zuk on his back for a two-point reversal and three near fall points. But with the clock winding down, Durcholz simply ran out of time to score the tying points.
Southmont led 48-9 after the decision and the Knights' Collin Richards pinned Pat Myers at 125 pounds, but Southmont slammed the door once more.
The Mounties got pins at 130 and 135 over Ethan Cornwell and Damien Solomon to advance the lead back to 60-15.
Larry Shaffer claimed a win over Mitch Record via fall in just 1:23 for the Knights and Dylan Lofton continued a streak of four wins in five matches for North Clay, but the swing wasn't quite enough.
Lofton won by fall over Dakota Davis in 1:32 and at 165 pounds, Brody Girton won by fall in 1:10 and Aaron See took a forfeit win at 180 pounds for the Knights.
The closest North Clay got was within 66-39, but John Oden defeated Jesse Miller of North Clay by fall and Chandler Burkhart downed the Knights' Zach Williams at heavyweight.
Chance Talbot scored a fall against Jordan Phillips in 3:37 at 240 pounds.
North Clay will wrap-up its season on Thursday in a three-way meet at home beginning at 5:30 p.m.
At North Clay
Southmont 76, North Clay 45
70: Josh Borden (Sm) wins by FF
75: Chandler Moore (Sm) wins by fall over Shane Ryan (NC), 1:26
80: Chance Brown (Sm) wins by FF
85: Sean Antowiak (Sm) wins by FF
90: Dan Barett (Sm) wins by FF
95: Garrett Modesitt (NC) wins by dec. over Dylan Rogers (Sm), 3-1
100: Elijah Allen (Sm) wins by FF
105: Gibby Paxton (Sm) wins by Christian Crews (NC), 3-0
110: Austin Bell (NC) wins by fall over Landon Nave (Sm), 3:26
115: Cory Nichols (Sm) wins by fall over Sammy Swayze (NC), 2:47
120: Tony Zuk (Sm) wins by dec. over Patrick Durcholz (NC), 13-11
125: Collin Richards (NC) wins by fall over Pat Myers (Sm), 1:28
130: Austin Michael (Sm) wins by fall over Ethan Cornwell (NC), 0:35
135: Austin Long wins (Sm) by fall over Damien Solomon (NC), 1:07
140: Larry Shaffer (NC) wins by fall over Mitch Record (Sm), 1:23
145: Dylan Lofton (NC) wins by fall over Dakota Davis (Sm), 1:32
155: Chris Smith (Sm) wins by fall over Baylor Girton (NC), 1:30
165: Brody Girton (NC) wins by fall over Jeremiah Sparks (Sm), 1:10
180: Aaron See (NC) wins by FF
220: John Oden (Sm) wins by maj. dec. over Jesse Miller (NC), 12-1
240: Chance Talbot (NC) wins by fall over Jordan Phillips (Sm), 3:37
Hwt: Chandler Burkhart (Sm) wins by fall over Zach Williams (NC), 0:25