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Warriors handle Knights 41-25 in Section One opener Warwick 41, Hempfield 25
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Tom Devenney was quick to admit it.
As the Warwick wrestling team hosted Hempfield in its Section One opener last Thursday, the senior heavyweight couldn’t help but to think back to the Warrior football team’s 22-14 loss to to the Knights in October.
And it wouldn’t be a mistake to say that it helped fuel him in his match against junior Joey Goodhart in a showdown between returning District Three Triple-A qualifiers.
"It was definitely on my mind," Devenney said. "We were up 14-0 at half, we were playing our butts off. We came out the second half, made three mistakes and they scored three touchdowns off of those. And it was the difference in the game. He’s a football player, I’m a football player, I sorta wanted a little bit of redemption and a little bit of saving face."
Consider it done.
The Warwick star overcame a 2-1 third-period deficit with a reversal and two back points in the final 22 seconds, boosting him to a thrilling 5-2 decision and helping the Warriors drop the Black Knights by a score of 41-25 in their home opener.
The hosts won seven of the first nine bouts to grab a 32-9 lead, and then Hempfield scored two falls and a major in the next three, making things close at 32-25. Although the Knights had no way of catching Warwick, due to a pending forfeit at 106 in the final bout of the night, the Devenney-Goodhart duel served as a climactic finish to the match.
"It’s nice to win like that," Warwick coach Ned Bushong said. "We had a nice crowd tonight and I hope they liked what they saw. We do have a lot of improvement to make, but we’ll get there."
They should have liked what they saw from Devenney, who improved to 7-0 on the season. Of his first six wins, three were forfeits and three were falls, none lasting more than 3:07.
"This was definitely a good test early on," Devenney said of facing Goodhart.
The two heavyweights remained scoreless after one, then Devenney escaped with just :08 gone in the second to go up 1-0, and it stayed that way at period’s end, although Goodhart received a stalling caution with 1:01 remaining in the stanza.
In the third, Goodhart took his first lead on a reversal with 1:21 to go.
"(Goodhart)’s a tough kid," Devenney said. "You’ve got to give all the credit in the world to him. A few years ago, it wasn’t the case. He wasn’t as strong as a bunch of other guys I wrestled, and this year he was strong, he had good hips and moved well."
The strength of Goodhart was giving Devenney a run for his money, but eventually, the Warwick senior managed to score his own reversal with :22 to go and then added two back points for the final margin of victory.
"It worked out that I was able to turn and stick him on his back," Devenney said. "I just wanted to hold him there because I knew if I make one mistake with my hips, he was going to capitalize. It was a great match. He took me down to the wire and he’s looking like he’s going to have a good year."
Warwick’s Logan Stroh (6-1) appears to be headed for a good year as well, and his fall in 3:11 over David Good at 126 countered Black Knight Aidyn Miller’s 19-3 tech fall at 120. Coupled with a forfeit win by Josh Charles (7-0), the Warriors took a 12-5 lead.
Ethan Quinn (4-3) built on a 6-2 lead after two periods with a pair of three-point near falls in the third, giving him a 12-2 major decision against Jordan Morales at 132, and then Tyler Esbenshade (3-2) took Tyler Lamoreaux to his back five different times in a 16-5 major in the 138-pound bout, pushing the lead to 20-5.
Hempfield’s Nick Griffiths answered with a 14-5 conquest at 145, but the Warriors stepped up with three straight wins to break it open. Colin Schnupp’s (5-1) second-period takedown at 145 was the difference in a 3-1 decision, and then at 152, after Hempfield’s Matt Hartman closed to 8-6 in the third, Steve Woolley clinched a 10-7 win on a reversal with :16 remaining in the period. The lead ballooned to 32-9 after Ryan Gray caught Carlos Castilloveita in a headlock for a fall in 1:09 in the 170-pound bout.
"As a whole, I thought we had a very good effort tonight," Bushong said. "It’s still early in the season, we’ve got a lot to work on, but we’re getting there."
Hempfield 182-pounder Tommy Bennett started a mini-run by the Knights with a first-period fall (1;18), then Jordan Ortiz outdueled Carson Snavely (4-1) by a 14-5 score at 195 and 220-pounder Jordan Stief was victorious by fall in 1:39, cutting the Black Knights’ deficit to 32-25.
From there, Devenney made sure that Hempfield would get no closer. 113–Charles, W, by forfeit (6-0).
120–Miller, H, t.f. Tout, 19-3 (6-5).
126–Stroh, W, p. Good, 3:11 (12-5).
132–Quinn, W, m.d. Morales, 12-2 (16-5).
138–Esbenshade, W, m.d. Lamoreaux, 16-5 (20-5).
145–Griffiths, H, m.d. Erb, 14-5 (20-9).
152–C. Schnupp, W, d. Hoffard, 3-1 (23-9).
160–Woolley, W, d. Hartman, 10-7 (26-9).
170–Gray, W, p. Castilloveita, 1:09 (32-9).
182–Bennett, H, p. Quinn, 1:18 (32-15).
195–Ortiz, H, m.d. Snavely, 14-5 (32-19).
220–Stief, H, p. Maguire, 1:39 (32-25).
285–Devenney, W, d. Goodhart, 5-2 (35-25).
106–D. Schnupp, W, by forfeit (41-25). More WHS WRESTLERS, page B-4