Times Sports Editor
North Clay's wrestling team posted its first dual match win of the season on Monday evening, overcoming several illnesses to score a 64-48 win over Tri-North.
The Knights were forced to forfeit at 70, 80, 85, 105 and 110, but posted wins in eight contested matches.
Bonus points were pivotal in the match held at North Clay with the Knights earning wins via fall in six matches and a disqualification in another bout.
Working in North Clay's favor was Tri-North's inability to fill any of the 70 through 80-pound weight classes so the Knights held a 6-0 lead going into the 90-pound match between Travis Kelly and Tri-North's P.J. Ryan.
Kelly led 3-2 early and built the lead to 9-2 as Ryan was called for an illegal hold multiple times during the opening two periods. Kelly built his lead to 11-2 before the match was halted after another illegal hold. The six-point team decision increased the Knights' lead to 12-0.
Tri-North claimed wins by fall at 95 and 100 pounds and got a forfeit at 105 and 110 pounds to take a 24-12 advantage.
The Knights regained the lead by winning the next three matches via fall as Garrett Modesitt posted a win over Jeffery Hanna in 2:57. Christian Crews followed that up by pinning Grant Teague in just 21 seconds at 120 pounds. Ethan Cornwall pushed the North Clay lead to 30-24 with his victory by fall over Brooks DeWees.
Tri-North rallied back with a win by Adam Oliver at 130 pounds and Dominique Davis added a fall to give their team a tie after North Clay's Kyle Winn received a forfeit.
After Tyler Ohron gave Tri-North a brief lead at 145 with a pin, North Clay dominated the upper weight classes.
Larry Shaffer got a forfeit at 155 before Damien Solomon used three, first period takedowns to lead 6-1. He increased that to 8-3 after two periods and finished strong to take a 12-4 major decision to give the Knights a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Dylan Green dropped his 180-pound opponent by fall in 1:16 and Jesse Miller put Omar White on his back for a 36-second fall at 215.
At 245, J.R. Robertson wasted little time in pinning Ralph Murray in 14 seconds to push the lead to 64-42.
At heavyweight, North Clay's Zach Williams claimed an early lead and held a 2-0 lead through two periods before Jonah Dahnke rallied late to earn a fall in 3:52.
The Knights are now 1-2 overall and hit the road for a three-way match at Cascade against Monrovia and Greencastle at 5:30 p.m.
North Clay wrestling
North Clay 64, Tri-North 48
70 -- Double forfeit
75 -- Westin DeWeese (NC) wins by forfeit
80 -- Double forfeit
85 -- Double forfeit
90 -- Travis Kelly (NC) wins by disqualification over P.J. Ryan (TN)
95 -- Jackson Copper (NC) loses by fall to Brendan Pruett (TN), :41
100 -- Dakota Pitchard (NC) loses by fall to George Merriman (TN), :32
105 -- Jeremy Arthur (TN) wins by forfeit
110 -- Jai Garvin (TN) wins by forfeit
115 -- Garrett Modesitt (NC) wins by fall over Jeffery Hanna (TN), 2:57
120 -- Christian Crews (NC) wins by fall over Grant Teague (TN), :21
125 -- Ethan Cornwell (NC) wins by fall over Brooks DeWees (TN), 2:16
130 -- Dylan Thompson (NC) loses by fall to Adam Oliver (TN)
135 -- Eric Timberlake (NC) loses by fall to Dominque Davis (TN)
140 -- Kyle Winn (NC) wins by forfeit
145 -- Tyler Green (NC) loses by fall over Tyler Ohron (TN), :21
155 -- Larry Shaffer (NC) wins by forfeit
165 -- Damien Solomon (NC) wins by maj. dec. over Cody Brock (TN), 12-4
180 -- Dylan Green (NC) wins by fall over Dakota Thacker (TN), 1:16
215 -- Jesse Miller (NC) wins by fall over Omar White (TN), :36
245 -- J.R. Robertson (NC) wins by fall over Ralph Murray (TN), :14
HWT -- Zach Williams (NC) loses by fall to Jonah Dahnke (TN), 3:52
Next match: North Clay (1-2 overall) travels to Cascade in a thee-way match with Greencastle and Monrovia on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.