December 8, 2011
Tie-breaker spoils Homer’s comeback
It wasn’t what Homer Central had on the wrestling mat Wednesday at the high school, it was what they didn’t have.
The Trojans were unable to fill two weight classes to hand visiting Hannibal a dozen valuable team points, and still battled back from a 18-point deficit to tie the match at 39-39 on a pin by junior Eric Metzger at 152 pounds in the night’s final confrontation.
That sent the outcome to a tie-breaker, which favored Hannibal. The Warriors had eight wins in the 15 bouts to the Trojans’ seven to pick up the OHSL Liberty Division season-opening win.
Homer (5-2 overall) forfeited at the two weight classes it can’t fill at this juncture of the season, at 96 and 285 pounds. That was the difference in losing to a Hannibal team appearing in its first match.
“I was really proud of how the kids wrestled hard,” Homer coach Jeff Lewis said. “Win, lose or draw, our guys did their best tonight. Hannibal is a very good team and they have depth.”
Over the first nine bouts, Homer only got wins at 170 pounds and 220 pounds. Mark Dove improved to 7-0 by pinning Nick Kinville in 1:27 at 170. David Kiernan won by fall at 220 as he stuck Dakota Carswell in 3:16.
Dakota O’Gorman from Homer suffered a tough two-point loss to Ray Bortle as the result of a 7-5 decision in the opening 160-pound match.
The Trojan comeback began at 120 pounds when Norm DeWitt pinned Rob Elliot in 3:14, followed by Matt DeWitt receiving a forfeit at 126. At 132, Eric Petrie posted a pin victory over Eric Belge in 1:26. Matt Norris completed the four-bout winning run with a 4-2 decision over Dan Wyman at 138. The Trojans now trailed 33-36. Both Petrie and Norris improved to 6-1 on the season with their wins.
At 145, Nick Petrie spotted Hannibal’s Alex Race to a 5-0 lead and could never overcome the deficit. Race scored an 11-7 decision in the high-scoring bout.
It all came down to Trojan Metzger. The team captain answered the call and pinned Derek Hilton in 3:27. Metzger’s fifth win of the season knotted the score at 39-39. The wins for both teams were counted up and the Warriors had one more in the end, so Hannibal was declared the winner.
“Eric was really nervous,” Lewis said about Metzger before its match. “He went out on that mat and got a clutch win for us. We needed six points and he got them for us. He showed everyone why he is a team captain.
“Eric Petrie did a good job in his match,” he added. “Matt Norris kept battling throughout his match to earn that win.”
Homer returns to action Saturday at General Brown Duals that begin at 9:30 a.m.
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