December 20, 2012
Trojans savor romp at home
After two tough home losses in the previous two weeks, Homer Central wrestlers were not about to let a third chance slip away Wednesday night.
Against an undermanned East Syracuse-Minoa squad, the host Trojans won eight of nine contested matches en route to a 73-2 OHSL Freedom Division victory. Homer improves to 1-2 in division matches, 9-4 overall. ES-M drops to 0-2, 3-6 overall.
“It’s been a couple of tough home matches for us, but the guys have been working hard and we all put our best foot forward tonight,” senior captain Eric Metzger said.
“It was tough losing our last two home matches,” senior captain Nick Petrie added. “We (the seniors) talked about that and, not knowing if we will get another home match for senior night, we came out with a lot more heart tonight. The good thing was we did win most of the contested matches.”
“It is nice to get a win. We’ll have some momentum for this weekend and then the Christmas Tournament during the break,” added senior captain Mark Dovie, the Trojans traveling to the Cuneen-Doane Tournament in Walton this weekend.
Matt Norris got the home team off to a good start with a dominating 11-0 majority decision over Sam LeGro at 138 pounds. The junior improves to 13-0 on the season.
“Matt came out and wrestled a great match to get us started,” Homer coach Jeff Lewis said.
Kyle Parella gave East-Syracuse-Minoa its only points of the night. At 145, Parella scored a 9-4 decision over Gage Root for three team points for the Spartans.
From here on out, it was all Homer.
Nick Petrie gave the Trojans a big win at 152 as he posted a 6-0 decision over Stephen Loder, a guy who has given teammates Metzger and Mark Dove problems in the past. Petrie improved to 11-2.
“I know him and he (Loder) is a good kid,” Petrie said. “He has always wrestled us tough, usually the matches are just a couple of points different in score, and it was finally my turn to get a crack at him. He’s strong and I just couldn’t tip him enough to get a pin.”
“Nick taking on the Loder kid was big for us,” Lewis said. “He has given us some trouble before, so it was nice to see Nick go out and take care of him. Nick wrestled smart and got a win because of it.”
Metzger came through at 160 with a pin win over Alex Seamans in 4:39 as he upped his season record to 13-0.
“It was nice to control my match,” Metzger explained. “I’ve been trying to get down to 152 so I was a little gassed at the end. I just worked all my best moves and got the pin to help the team out.”
Dove improved to 12-1 with a forfeit at 170. That was one of five forfeits the Trojans would receive. Dakota O’Gorman (182), Shawn McGrath (285), Cameron Cronk (106) and Travis Brown (120) also received forfeits.
Petrie, Metzger and Dove are the senior captains for the Trojans and have been four-year contributors. Dove sits eighth on the all-time career wins list with an 88-32 record. Petrie and Metzger are tied for 10th-place with 84 years each. Petrie has one less loss than Metzger 44 to 45, but it goes to show how solid the “Triplets” have been since their freshmen year.
“We are all wrestling partners in the room,” Metzger said. “We’ve always been together since we started. We’ve stuck together.”
“It’s a great thing,” Petrie added. “I can say that we are probably where we are because we have always been partners and we have always been there to push each other. I don’t think we would be doing what we’ve done if there was just one of us. We have been good for each other as friends and teammates.”
“It pretty special what the three of us have accomplished,” Dove said. “It has been the three of us working together, along with some other kids along the way. We have made each other better in practice. We’ve been there to help each other out and to fire each other up for matches.”
“It’s no secret that they do work hard hard in that practice room each and every day,” Lewis stated. “They don’t miss practice and work as hard as they can. They do what you need them to do to get better. They are very coachable. They put their heart and soul into everything. You like coaching kids like them.”
Dylan Hotchkiss delivered a pin victory at 195 over Matthew Grosso in 3:51 for the Trojans.
The biggest gut-check victory came at 220 for David Kiernan. The Trojan senior was trailing 9-4 in the second period before he flipped Cody Loope and stuck the Spartan senior at the 3:44 mark. Kiernan improved to 10-3 and Loope cost his team a point, as referee Dick Meldrim ordered the deduction for unsportsmanlike conduct after the match concluded.
“Dylan really stepped up to the plate for us,” Lewis said. “David came back by never quitting in his match.”
When the match swung back to the lightweights, Homer freshman Isaac Cline and sophomore Collin Baker each recorded pins. Cline improved to 12-1 by sticking Lucas King in 1:25 at 99. Baker needed just 23 seconds to flatten Alexander Reagan at 112 to improve his record to 10-3.
“They have made big jumps this season,” Lewis said. “Bakes (Baker) did not have a guy that close to him in weight to wrestle with in practice. Travis has a lot of heart, just not the experience or knowledge.
“Isaac has learned a lot,” he continued. “Between pee wees and junior high, Isaac has wrestled a lot and that has helped him get better.”
After Brown’s forfeit and no match at 126. Trojan junior Eric Petrie closed out the match with the quickest pin of the night — a mere 15 seconds — over Jesse Harris. Petrie now sports a 6-2 record.
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