January 31, 2013
Spotlight on Homer seniors
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Matt Norris (left) ties up Fabius-Pompey’s Cameron Stewart en route to a first period pin at 138 pounds Wednesday.
Four years ago, there were six Homer Central freshmen who were looking to make their mark in the Trojan varsity wrestling program.
On Wednesday night, fourth-year men Jonathan Cottrell, Matt DeWitt, Mark Dove, David Kiernan, Eric Metzger and Nick Petrie were joined by classmate Travis Brown — a two-year varsity competitor — and their parents to be honored before the final home match of the 2012-13 season.
The Trojans proceeded to close out the dual-meet campaign with a 56-6 non-league victory over Fabius-Pompey. Homer is 13-11 overall, Fabius-Pompey slips to 6-12.
“Our guys deserved a Senior Night,” Homer coach Jeff Lewis said. “It was a chance to honor a group I called the Magnificent Seven for the evening. These guys and their parents put in a lot of time for this program.
“I also want to thank Ben Neadom and Fabius-Pompey for agreeing to the match,” he continued, filling in a void to give the Trojans their first home match since December. “Ben is really a class act and we didn’t want to run the score up. It did also mark the first time we really had everyone back and healthy, even though we didn’t wrestle every weight class.”
The seven seniors and four other Trojans heading to sectionals were scheduled to compete. There were three weight classes — 126, 182 and 195 — that went down as no matches.
Sophomore Collin Baker (24-9) got Homer off on the right foot with a pin victory at 113 pounds over Andrew Hawley in 4:39. The Falcons got their lone win at 120 with a pin by Billy Heselden before the Trojans claimed the remaining bouts.
DeWitt (132, 12-9), Metzger (160, 26-3), Dove (170, 30-3) and Kiernan (220, 27-10) all received forfeits.
In contested matches, junior Matt Norris joined the 25-win club this season when he pinned Cameron Stewart in one minute at 138. Norris heads into sectionals with a 25-7 record. Cottrell followed with a 9-0 major decision over Alex Curr at 145.
While Metzger and Dove received forfeits, the Triplets did have one bout and Petrie delivered. He pinned Brian Cuipylo in 2:37 at 152 pounds to improve to 28-5. It was Petrie’s 60th career pin as he increases his school record total. It was also his career win 101, tying him for third place on the all-time list with Kevin Holl (1982-87).
Dove is number two with 105 career wins and Metzger is now seventh with 97 wins.
When the match swung back to the lightweights for the final two bouts, freshmen Isaac Cline and Cameron Cronk capped the night for Homer. Cline (24-9) won by injury default at 99 pounds while Cronk (15-14) closed the night with a 15-4 major decision.
Homer will turn its attention to the post-season Saturday. The Trojans travel to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill for the Section 3 Class B Tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class will move on to the Section 3 Division II State Qualifier one week later.
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