December 12, 2013
Dramatic mat finish favors Trojans
Hotchkiss pin pulls out 42-37 win over Bears
Wrestling is that unique sport where it features individual and team aspects to each meeting between two schools. The individual efforts led to the team win Wednesday night at Homer High School.
With the host Trojans trailing 37-36 to Chittenango, Dylan Hotchkiss made his season debut in style by pinning Chittenango’s Diego Holland at the 2:32 mark of their 195-pound bout to give Homer the 42-37 OHSL Freedom Division win.
The Trojans improve to 1-1 in league action and 3-4 overall. The Bears slip to 0-2, 2-5 overall.
Hotchkiss got a two-point takedown in the first period. He started on his hands and knees in a defensive position to start the the second period, but got a quick escape and a takedown that led to the decisive pin in just 32 seconds.
“I loved the adrenaline rush of knowing that it all came down to me winning so the team could win,” said Hotchkiss, a second-year sophomore with a full season of varsity matches under his belt. “I just went out there and did the things I’ve been taught. I was glad I could get a pin and the win for the team. I was out for a little while to start the season, but since I’ve been back I’ve just been going at to to get better and to make the team better. I just try us my techniques and to help get the overall team win.”
“I told Coach (Curt) Kielbasa when we went to shake hands at the end of the match that we could meet 10 times and we would go 5-5, that’s how close we are,” Homer coach Jeff Lewis said. “We are pretty evenly matched. His kids wrestled tough as ours did. It fun wrestling Chittenango because it usually is a close match.
“I’m proud of our kids,” he added. “Dylan is a gamer. He stepped up big for us. We made some mistakes that cost us, but we are young and you expect that.”
HOMER STARTED IN a 12-0 hole after back-to-back pins by Chittenango at 220 and 285 pounds. The teams traded forfeits fat 99, 106 and 113 pounds. Tristan Brown (4-3) received the easy six at 99 and Cameron Cronk (6-1) got the same at 113 for the Trojans.
Homer sophomore Jacob Cline (5-2) tied the match at 18-18 when he stuck Kanisteo Tarbell with 44 seconds left in his 120-pound bout. Cline led 14-2 after two periods before an escape and takedown gave him the needed points for a technical fall win, but Cline’s takedown put Tarbell on his back so Cline had a just to get the pin and he succeeded. Homer took a 21-18 led when Collin Baker (4-3) scored a 9-5 decision over Wyatt Blanding at 126 pounds.
Chittenango received a forfeit at 132 and the Bears got a technical fall victory at 138 for a 29-21 advantage.
The momentum swung back to the Trojans after two pins and one decision. Matt Norris (7-0) got the Trojans started with a pin win over Cory Fredericks at the 1:45 mark of their 145-pound bout. Eric Petrie (7-0) followed suit at 152 by sticking Erik Ellefson in 3:40. Drew Becker found his seventh win of the season a little tougher at 160. The Trojan junior led Tyler Lewis 9-3 after two periods and began the third with a takedown and nearfall for a 13-3 advantage. A little lack of focus resulted in Lewis coming back reversal and near fall, plus one penalty point against Becker to make the score 13-9. Becker got a reversal to go ahead 15-9 before Lewis got one last point for an escape that gave Becker the 15-10 win and the Trojans a 36-29 lead.
“IT WAS A BIG WIN for us because they had just beaten us last Saturday,” Norris said in reference to the 47-39 Chittenango victory at the Bears’ dual-meet tournament. “It’s was a little about revenge tonight. It felt good.
“We are young, but we’re all fighters,” he added. “We don’t give up and that’s the big thing for us, never give up.”
“It’s a whole different world from JV to varsity,” Becker said. “It feels good when you come out on top. It’s really something you’ve earned. It’s not something that can just be given to you. I got a little sloppy in my match and it opened my eyes. The big thing I was able to get the win for the team. That was the most important thing.
“I’ve calmed down a lot from last year,” he continued. “It’s more about technique for me this season and less about trying to muscle my opponent. As for the team, we have a lot of heart and that makes the challenges more interesting.”
Chittenango picked up a technical fall to close the margin to 36-34 and the Bears took a 37-36 lead after a decision victory at 182 which set up Hotchkiss to wrestle for the team win.
FOR LEWIS, IT WAS career win 156. That’s six wins away for tying Dick Wagner’s career win mark of 162.
“It’s just nice to be mentioned in the same breath with Dick Wagner,” Lewis said. “Dick Wagner was a great coach and I have so much respect for him. He put in a lot years here and had a lot of great wrestlers. Whether we get the record or not, he is still the best at Homer in my mind. He didn’t have as many dual-meet tournaments or league matches in his time that we have now. That’s the only reason I have an advantage on him. Dick Wagner is and will always be Homer wrestling.”
For Norris, it’s career win 89, 11 away from becoming the sixth Homer wrestler to reach the 100-career win plateau.
“I’m excited about it,” Norris said. “First of all, I want us to do good as a team, then I’ll concentrate on my own personal records. Hopefully it all comes to fruition at the end of the year.”
Homer will return to action Saturday at the Fabius-Pompey Falcon Duals beginning at 10 a.m.
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