EVERETT — The Everett wrestling team is coming off a big week that included six dual meet wins in seven matches, and the Warriors continue to be building confidence and momentum heading in the second half of the season.
With that confidence, it should have come as little surprise that the Warriors won the three toss-up matches including a big revenge match to help them to a 43-24 victory over visiting Bellwood-Antis, Thursday.
The three big matchups were at 113, 145, and 152, and all were close throughout each bout.
After a double forfeit at 106, Everett’s Zach Reed took on Bellwood’s Kenny Robison at 113. Reed dominated most of the bout, but he got hit for three technical violations. Reed got the opening takedown, but gave up a penalty point and an escape for a 2-2 tie.
Robison got an escape to start the second period, but Reed took him down for a 4-3 lead. However, Reed got his for three penalty points before Robison escaped for a 7-4 deficit. Reed got a takedown late in the period to cut the deficit to 7-6.
Reed picked neutral for the third period, but Robison got the takedown. Reed reversed Robison to his back for an 11-9 lead, but Robison reversed him back for an 11-11 and overtime.
Reed got his fourth takedown of the night with 24 seconds left in the extra period for the 13-11 victory.
The Warriors followed that with three straight wins. Jaden Perrin got a forfeit at 120 before Evan Brennan followed with an 18-0 technical fall. Garret Cornell worked a leg cradle for some back points before eventually getting a fall in 1:55 for a 20-6 lead.
The Blue Devils got on the board with a fall by Ty Noonan who was bumped up from 132 to 138.
The Warriors answered with three straight wins including the victories by Younker and Akers.
Younker matched up with Aiden Taylor at 145, and Younker got a big four-point move in the final five seconds of the first period for a 4-0 lead. Taylor took the lead with a peterson roll for a five-point move, but Younker reversed him back to his back to a 9-5 lead.
Younker added a reversal in the third period and Taylor got an escape for the 11-6 Younker win.
At the Penn Cambria Tournament earlier this year, Everett’s Macen Akers lost to Bellwood’s Alex Taylor, 10-3, and Akers was looking for some revenge on Thursday.
Taylor scored first with a reversal to start the second period. Akers stood from the bottom position, and Taylor grabbed a leg to keep him from getting away. However, Akers hipped into Taylor and flipped him to his back, recording the fall in 3:14 to give Everett a 29-6 lead.
“Those were two were big wins,” said Everett coach Robbie Ripple. “Lane beat a really good kid, and Macen lost to his kid at the tournament. That was a bit of a revenge match.
“Evan has been our unsung hero so far, and Zach got us off to a great start. He is at his weight where he should be.”
Everett added two major decisions in the next three weights. Quinton Spade won 12-0 at 160, while Seth Snyder used three takedowns and three sets of back points for a 14-3 victory.
Everett got one more victory at 220 as Shane Clark ran a half nelson for a fall in 1:00.
Bellwood got pins at 195 and 285 as well as an injury default at 170 that set the final at 43-24.
“Overall, we really battled tonight,” Ripple added. “They fought hard and gave 110 percent.”
Everett will host West Branch on Thursday for Senior Night.
EVERETT 43, BELLWOOD-ANTIS 24
106 — No match.
113 — Zach Reed, E, dec. Renny Robison, 13-11 OT.
120 — Jaden Perrin, E, won by forfeit.
126 — Evan Brennan, E, tech. fall Paulino Cuevas, 18-0, 4:46.
132 — Garret Cornell, E, pinned Tyler McCoulsky, 1:55.
138 — Ty Noonan, BA, pinned Connor Deffibaugh, 1:04.
145 — Lane Younker, E, dec. Aiden Taylor, 11-6.
152 — Macen Akers, E, pinned Alex Taylor, 3:14.
160 — Quinton Spade, E, major dec. Landon Bungo, 12-0.
170 — Colton Gority, BA, won by injury default over Luis Saldivar, 2:00.
182 — Seth Snyder, E, major dec. Zach Cunninghman, 14-3.
195 — Trentin Whaley, BA, pinned Logan Propst, 2:22.
220 — Shane Clark, E, pinned Dominick Caraccialo, 1:00.
285 — Evan Pellegrine, BA, pinned Cody Rock, 1:25.