Buckeye matmen take down Linsly

Photo by Cody Tomer Linsly’s Gunner Kernik, left, and Buckeye Local’s Ayden Krupinski battle it out in the 152 weight class on Wednesday night at the Stifel Fieldhouse.

WHEELING–Despite a low number of wrestlers, Linsly was able to give Buckeye Local all it could handle on Wednesday night inside the Stifel Fieldhouse.

After falling behind 24-0, a Cadets rally fell short as the Panthers emerged with a 36-31 victory.

The 106, 113 and 120 weight classes were all forfeited by Linsly to start the night, which helped spot Buckeye Local a quick 24-0 upper hand.

Trevor Herbert (106), Jordyn Spencer (113) and Travis Light (120) all won by forfeits and Brian Palmer Jr. earned a win by pin in the 132 class for the Panthers.

“I thought we wrestled well,” Buckeye Local coach William Saxton said. “Linsly is a very tough team and we were fortunate enough to have some forfeits in there.

“Palmer is now 21-1 this season and we threw a couple of jayvee guys in the lineup and I thought they did fairly well and I’m proud of how they wrestled. All of our guys go out and wrestle hard every match and we can’t expect any more from them.”

Jules Giovengo kicked off the comeback by defeating Buckeye’s Danny Nation in the 145 class by a 14-3 count in a match that impressed Saxton.

“That was the biggest match that stuck out to me,” Saxton said. “(Nation) wrestled up a weight class and he wrestled very well the entire match. He just made a mistake and those are going to happen but we had mistakes we can clean up quick.”

Following Giovengo’s triumph, Linsly received a 12-8 victory by Gunner Kernik over Ayden Krupinski at 152, and back-to-back pins by Alex Papadimitriou (160) and Cyrus Hill (170) to cut the deficit to 24-19.

“I thought the match went well,” Linsly coach Brian Valentine said. “We gave up a lot of forfeits because we don’t have many lightweights but I thought our guys battled hard and made it a match at the end.”

Over the next three matches, Buckeye Local’s Shayne Christian (182) and Zac Cesario (220) came up with key pins to clinch the victory for the Panthers.

“Cesario pulled out a big win for us at 220,” Saxton said. “We still have to sharpen up a few things because next week is OVACs. We are good on conditioning but we just need to improve the small details of being aware of mat surroundings and understanding where our bodies are, where our hips are and where we can counter what the opposition is doing.

“We will start emphasizing that (today) all the way through next weeks until OVAC time.”

Fabian Egger earned a win in the 195 class by pin for the Cadets and teammate Neville Kruger won by forfeit in the 285 bout.

“We’ve wrestled Buckeye Local for many years and it’s always a good match,” Valentine said. “Now, we are looking forward to next week. We love OVACs and competing against people we don’t see all the time. Our guys are geared up for that.”

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