Host Warriors place fifth in Duals Tourney

By on December 14, 2016
In Warwick’s 54-22 win over Strath Haven last Saturday, senior Eric Garner clamps a cradle on James Scott while scoring a 38-second fall in the 195-pound bout. Photo by Cathy Chapis
In Warwick’s 54-22 win over Strath Haven last Saturday, senior Eric Garner clamps a cradle on James Scott while scoring a 38-second fall in the 195-pound bout. Photo by Cathy Chapis

In Warwick’s 54-22 win over Strath Haven last Saturday, senior Eric Garner clamps a cradle on James Scott while scoring a 38-second fall in the 195-pound bout. Photo by Cathy Chapis

Luke Hirtzel, Logan Boring, Evan Clark and Ryan Stewart earned three wins apiece and the Warwick wrestlers took fifth place at their season-opening Warrior Duals Tournament last Saturday.

After dropping a 44-27 decision to Mifflin County, the Warriors rebounded to defeat West Perry 57-15 and Strath Haven 54-22.

Warwick (2-1) capitalized on six forfeits — to Anthony Johnson-Ortiz (138), Andrew Morgan (160), Boring (182), Clark (220), Ryan Butzer (113) and Mateo Chacon (120) — in their victory over Strath Haven.

Luke Hirtzel’s fall in 2:40 over John Morris in the 152-pound bout gave the Warriors their first lead, 12-9, and then later, Garner (195) and Stewart (HWT) scored pins in 38 seconds and 4:38, respectively, to help Warwick pull away.

Earlier, West Perry trailed just 18-15 when the Warriors reeled off eight straight wins to end it.

Steven Seepaul started the run, scoring a four-point takedown in the final 16 seconds for a 5-1 win over Dave Puchalsky at 170, and then Boring’s reversal with 1:33 left in the third was the difference in a 2-0 shutout at 189.

Garner then won by fall in 5:55 at 195, Clark got a takedown with :06 left for a 3-1 in the 220-pound bout, and then Stewart, Daniel Wentzel, Dylan Butzer and Chacon all won by forfeit.

Trevis Esbenshade, Rennie Kline and Hirtzel also earned forfeit wins for the Warriors.

In its opener, Warwick fell into an early 17-0 hole against Mifflin County, then rallied to cut its deficit to 35-27, but the Huskies held on.

Freshman Tate Cargas’ first varsity win, a fall in 4:42 over Brian Smink in the 145-pound bout, got Warwick on the board, and Hirtzel’s pin in 1:38 at 152 cut the deficit to 17-12.

Mifflin County took 160 and 170, but Boring’s third-period reversal helped him earn a 4-3 win at 189, then Clark picked up a 19-second fall in 19 at 220 and Stewart won by forfeit at HWT, as the Warriors climbed within 35-27.

But they would get no closer.

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