The meet started off at 120 where Asif Aghayev valiantly stepped into the varsity line-up to take on state-qualifier Jason Liau who picked up a pin for Wootton to take their only lead for the evening. Aidan Moffitt (126), Eli Guttentag (132) and Fabio Martinez (138) all picked up forfeits. At 145, Drew Guttentag had a quick take-down to an arm bar and a first period pin. This was followed by another forfeit to Jeovannie Martinez (152) and BCC was up 30-6. Evan Wassmann (160) was winning with several nice takedowns but got himself caught and pinned. Noah Bowers (170), Emmanuel Oladapo (182) and David Folivi Jr. (195) all received forfeits and BCC was up 48-12. Andrew Atienza (220) and Alhassane Kouyate (285) both had good starts but were caught in cross elbow rolls and taken to their backs. At 106, Ike Guttentag spent the first period looking for an armbar which he eventually secured for a pin. The marque match of the night was at 113 where one of BCC’s top wrestlers, Christian Simpson, took on the other Liau brother, Eric. Christian scored first with a takedown but would get taken to his back in the second period with a tilt and so headed into the third period tied at 3-3. Lots of back and forth in the 3rd period with Christian eventually losing 6-8.
The JV wrestlers then took on a small Wootton squad starting with Ellis Feldman in a marathon of defensive maneuvers from neutral with neither wrestler demonstrating much offense. This continued through the “sudden victory” (overtime) period with the score still 2-2. In the first 30 second tie-breaker, Ellis’ escaped and so went into the second tie-breaker up by one, and hence needing to control his opponent for 30 second. Ellis not only did that but was able to secure back points for an exciting victory. Estefanos Mekene was up next and executed a “terminal takedown” securing a pin. Ben Williams, taking the cue from Estefanos, followed his opening takedown with a heads-up half-nelson securing another pin for the JV squad. In the final match of the day Lance Lorenzo opened with a sweet blast double, after which his opponent escaped only to be taken down again by Lance’s double-leg. Subsequently, blood time had to be called which ultimately resulted in Lance’s opponent having to forfeit. The JV squad ended the day with clean 4-0 sweep.
Upcoming will be the Musselman Duals in West Virginia for the Varsity team and a tournament at Northwestern High School for the JV Team.