FISHERTOWN — Tuesday’s wrestling matchup between Forest Hills and Chestnut Ridge has been talked about since the end of last year.
How would the young upstart Rangers fare against the Lions, the area’s top team over the last few years?
The answer came in the form of five straight wins from 182 to 106 as well as a big win from a freshman to help the Lions to a 35-28 win over the visiting Rangers.
After Forest Hills won the first two bouts to take a 6-0 lead, Ridge’s Jared McGill started a 29-0 run with a 29-second pin at 182 to tie the match.
That was followed by a second-period fall by Austin Crouse at 195, while Duane Knisely need only 41 seconds for his pin at 220 and Dalton Seace got the fourth pin in a row with a fall in 1:25 for a 24-6 lead.
In one of the premier matches of the night, Ridge’s Kai Burkett used four sets of back points on tilts on Easton Toth, and he added a second-period several on a peterson roll for a 15-0 technical fall in 5:41 for the 29-6 lead. Toth finished eighth at King of the Mountain, while Burkett was second.
“We are tough up top,” said Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor. “However, we have to try not to depend on them too much all of the time. Kai really controlled the match with his tilts.”
The Rangers stopped the run at 113 with an impressive win by freshman Jackson Arrington over Nathan Holderbaum. Arrington used a first-period takedown for a 2-0 lead, but he poured in on in the final two periods for a 15-2 win.
In a back-and-forth bout at 120, Ridge freshman Ross Dull took on Forest Hills’ Michael Noon. Noon had a 3-2 lead after the first period, but Dull got a reversal and three back points on a tilt for a 7-3 lead. In the third period, Noon picked neutral and took him down to his back for a four-point move and a tie bout.
Dull reversed Noon later in the period, and despite giving up an escape in the final seconds, held on for a 9-8 victory.
“Ross fought hard and battled his way through it,” Lazor added. “He gave up some points late in the period, and we are going to work on that. His match was the only close match that we won.”
The Rangers’ Tye Templeton broke a 2-2 tie after one period with a reversal and two sets of back points for a 10-2 major decision over Taylor Claycomb at 126.
Ridge’s Gryphon Callihan scored two points with a tilt in the second period and added a reversal in the third period for a 4-0 win at 132 to secure the Lion victory.
The Rangers finished out the night with three wins. Byron Daubert earned a second-period fall at 138, while Robert Krug scored late to edge Luke Moore, 5-3. Krug had a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, but he was called for his third false start, giving Moore a penalty point. Moore got a reversal for a 3-2 lead, but Krug got an escape and a takedown late in the third period for the 5-3 lead.
Another Forest Hills’ freshman, Eric Gibson, ended the night with 17-1 technical fall in 2:36 to set the final at 35-28.
“Forest Hills is an up-and-coming team with some very good wrestlers,” said Lazor. “We knew coming in that it was going to be a close match with some matches that could go either way. I thought that we were outhustled and gave up points late in the periods in some of the close matches.”
One of those close matches came in the second bout of the night. After Ryan Weyandt put the Rangers up with a 14-7 win over Dan Moore at 160, Ryan Latshaw used a late armbar to record three back points to overcome a 6-5 deficit for a 8-6 win over Seth Holderbaum at 170 to give the visitors the 6-0 lead before the big run by the Lions.
The teams combined to wrestle seven freshmen in the match. Toth, Arrington, Templeton, and Gibson for the Rangers, while Dull, Luke Moore, and Dan Moore for Chestnut Ridge.
The Lions will be on the road at Bishop McCort on Thursday at 7 p.m. with no junior high match that night.
CHESTNUT RIDGE 35, FOREST HILLS 28
160 — Ryan Weyandt, FH, dec. Dan Moore, 14-7.
170 — Ryan Latshaw, FH, dec. Seth Holderbaum, 8-6.
182 — Jared McGill, CR, pinned Corey Miller, 0:29.
195 — Austin Crouse, CR, pinned Mason Rodgers, 2:43.
220 — Duane Knisely, CR, pinned Luke Hribar, 0:41.
285 — Dalton Seace, CR, pinned Matthew Kelly, 1:25.
106 — Kai Burkett CR, tech. fall Easton Toth, 15-0, 5:41.
113 — Jackson Arrington, FH, major dec. Nathan Holderbaum, 15-2.
120 — Ross Dull, CR, dec. Michael Noon, 9-8.
126 — Tye Templeton, FH, major dec. Taylor Claycomb, 10-2.
132 — Gryphon Callahan, CR, dec. Garet Connor, 4-0.
138 — Byron Daubert, FH, pinned David Bowser, 2:45.
145 — Robert Krug, FH, dec. Luke Moore, 5-3.
152 — Eric Gibson, FH, tech. fall 17-1, 2:36.
JV — Chestnut Ridge, 6-3.