BCC Varsity Wrestling Loses to Sherwood 32-32
If the first match of the tri-meet against Richard Montgomery lacked drama, the second match against Sherwood more than made up for it. The headline above is not a typo as the match ended in a tie with the winner being decided by what is known as “criteria H.”
The match opened with Alhassane Kouyate (285) deploying his blast double to edge Ryan O’Neal 8-5 and put BCC on the board first.
Ike Guttentag (106) was up next against Ethan Onslow where he opened with a high crotch and then moving quickly to a double arm bar for a first period pin.
Christian Simpson (113) up against the first of the Holda twins (one of Sherwoods 6 state-ranked wrestlers) demonstrated his takedown prowess with four first period takedowns. In the second period they started in the neutral position where Christian would take Brandon Holda straight to his back for the pin.
Alejandro Cubillan (120) faced the second Holda twin and while he lost the match he was aggressive on his feet and put up a strong defensive showing on the mat, fighting off his back several times to avoid the pin.
Aiden Moffitt (126) would lose to Armon Nettey by a regular decision. Nettey was tough on top riding Aiden for much of the match.
Eli Guttentag (132) was up against Paul Christenson, another state-ranked wrestler. Christenson would effectively counter all of Eli’s shots in the first period which ended 0-0. Eli started on top for the second period and went to work, securing a tilt for the first score of the match. Eli rode him out the rest of the second period and then started on bottom for the third where we quickly escaped. Eli was able to get a takedown in the third and controlled Christenson for the rest of the match ultimately winning a major decision.
Brayden Brinson (138) faced another state-ranked opponent who pinned him.
Fabio Martinez (145) took on Chris Sanchez, Sherwood’s highest ranked wrestler (3rd in the state), and fought hard for the first half of the match until he was eventually pinned in the second period.
Jeo Martinez (152) was up next against Marc Kemgang. Jeo controlled the entire match, taking Kemgang to his back several times but was unable to secure the pin and had to settle for a major decision.
Evan Wassmann (160) defeated Jacob Grossman 8-2.
Emmanual Oladapo (170) faced another state-ranked Sherwood wrestling in Yusuf Higazi and wrestled hard for the full six minutes, losing 13-2 but avoiding the fall.
Dan Shapiro (182) took on the final state-ranked Sherwood wrestler and while he kept moving and wrestled smart from his feet the experienced Adam Pfeiffer would get the pin.
So with the lead going back and forth several times BCC found itself behind by two points with only two matches left. With excitement rising in the gym from both teams David Folivi stepped on to the mat against Ariel Nzi for the 195 lb match. This match would be one of the craziest I ever witnessed with both wrestlers fighting off their back multiple times, the score seesawing back and forth, and several breaks in the action for both injuries and rule book analysis. At one point an entire period had to be redone. Near the end of the third period Folivi found himself on his back once again and as the referee was counting the swipes he dug deep, bridged up and flipped his opponent on his back, switching the advantage and securing a pin to put BCC back in the lead.
In the final match Andrew Atienza (220) wrestled an intelligent match, displaying excellent movement on his feet and deft hand fighting. He would lose 0-1.
With the score deadlocked at 33-33 the referees and coaches consulted the rule book to decipher the final results, which as stated, had Sherwood winning by criteria “H” which gave the victory to the “team having the greater number (total match points) of first point(s).”