Times Sports Editor
The North Clay wrestling team missed some early season meets due to inclement weather so the schedule began to heat up with a home match Wednesday night against visiting Owen Valley.
The Knights fell behind early, but overcame an 18-0 hole to score an 85-33 victory boosted by several forfeits in the upper weight classes.
North Clay dropped the first three matches of the evening by fall to dig the early deficit, but got on the board at 85 pounds with Cale McCoy's 14-3 major decision against Cody Hege. Jordan Richards followed up with a 5-3 victory against Isaac Miller.
Owen Valley took the next two weight classes by pin to boost its lead to 27-7 before the Knights got back on track.
Jacob Hendrich's quick fall over Trevor Hodge at 105 pounds came in just 25 seconds for the Knights and Stephen Gibson followed that up with a 12-7 win at 110. At 115 pounds, Blake Deaton continued the winning streak for North Clay by putting Eli Wilson on his back in 1:08 and Terry McGuffin gave North Clay its first lead with a 24-second pin.
Marcus Duregger got an 18-second pin to increase the Knights' lead before Kevin Coahran received a forfeit at 140 pounds.
At 145 pounds, Caleb Ellis earned an escape in the final seconds to edge Dakota Weber, 3-2 to put North Clay up 49-33 and Zach Hyde followed with a pin over Nate Henry in 44 seconds.
With a 55-33 lead, the Knights received forfeit wins in the final five classes as Kyle Shaffer, Waylon Layne, Chase Anderson, Curtis Stearley and Garrett Lessman were winners.
The Knights' busy schedule continues with a road trip to Martinsville tonight at 5:30 p.m. and a Saturday tourney at Southmont.
At North Clay
North Clay 83, Owen Valley 33
70 -- Ryan Brockan (NC) loss by fall, 1:11
75 -- Steven Crafton (NC) loss by fall, 3:41
80 -- Austin Cook (NC) loss by fall
85 -- Cale McCoy (NC) win by major decision, 14-3
90 -- Jordan Richards (NC) wins by decision, 5-3
95 -- Sam Copper (NC) loss by fall
100 -- Ryan Head (NC) loss by fall
105 -- Jacob Hendrich (NC) win by fall, 0:25
110 -- Stephen Gibson (NC) wins by decision, 12-7
115 -- Blake Deaton (NC) wins by fall, 1:08
120 -- Terry McGuffin (NC) wins by fall, 0:24
125 -- Trance Kelly (NC) wins by forfeit
130 -- Jackson Copper loss by fall, 2:44
135 -- Marcus Duregger (NC) wins by fall, 0:18
140 -- Kevin Coahran (NC) wins by forfeit
145 -- Caleb Ellis (NC) wins by decision, 3-2
155 -- Zach Hyde (NC) wins by fall, 0:44
165 -- Kyle Shaffer (NC) wins by forfeit
180 -- Waylon Layne (NC) wins by forfeit
220 -- Chase Anderson (NC) wins by forfeit
240 -- Curtis Stearley (NC) wins by forfeit
Hwt -- Garrett Lessman wins by forfeit