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Tigers pin one on Bruins in season opener

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010 by Steve Amy

Tigers pin one on Bruins in season opener


PRINCETON — The host Tigers welcomed new conference foe St. Bede into the NCIC fold with a 71-12 lopsided win in both squads season-opening triangular with Peoria Notre Dame Tuesday night. Both teams dropped losses to the Irish.

While they came up short against the Irish, PHS coach Steve Amy was happy with his squad’s performance against their new NCIC counterparts from the Academy.

“We looked really good. Right now we’ve just got a lot more experience than they do, they’re an up and coming program. They’ve only been around five years compared to our 50,” said Amy. “I’m proud of the way we wrestled and the things that we did.”

“Notre Dame and Princeton are both tough schools,” said St. Bede coach Blair Tiger. “I thought we showed some great moments there, and some of us didn’t live up to our potential - but we’re working on it.”

Princeton racked up five pins, four in the first period, and a major decision against the Bruins, claiming all but one of the contested matches.

St. Bede 140 pounder Joe Mauck was the Bruins’ lone bright spot. Trailing on the scoreboard in the third period, Mauck secured a come-from behind pin over Caleb Dickens with 1:31 left in the match.

Mauck’s pin, the lone non-forfeit win for the Academy against the Tigers, drew a loud cheer from the boisterous Bruins’ boosters in attendance at the PHS South gym, which saw a good crowd in the bleachers for the season opener.

Princeton’s Justin Lucas opened up the nightcap match against Brandon Zimmerman at 189 pounds, and set the tone for the night, securing a pin with :26 seconds to go in the first period. The pin was Lucas’ second of the evening, as he opened his evening with a pin against his foe from ND.

“I’ve been hurt my whole high school career, so it’s good to be back and healthy,” said the senior grappler, who has had both shoulder and elbow surgeries during his tenure at PHS.

“I’m happy I got my first matches out of the way,” said Lucas who said he was feeling 100 percent, despite having a few butterflies in his stomach before the meet.

Also opening his 2010 campaign up with a pair of pins was PHS 145-pounder Cody Cumpton, who scored a second-period fall against ND before pinning the Academy’s Justin Hunter with 1:14 to go in the first.

Cumpton said that it was good for morale to open the Tigers’ conference slate with a win over the Bruins.

“I think it’s a good match to get us going, to get our confidence up at the beginning of the season. It’s going to be really helpful I think,” Cumpton said.

Earl Towne picked up the lone non-pin win for the Tigers against St. Bede, but looked dominant throughout his contest with fellow 152-pounder Dylan Brejc, registering a major decision with a 17-2 score with 1:42 to go in the third period.

Towne, who opened up the evening with a quick pin in 24 seconds over his Notre Dame foe, was glad to get the season off on the right foot.

“It feels pretty good to go 2-0 to start the season off again,” said Towne. “It wasn’t really difficult, but it was a good warm-up back into the season, a good way to start out.”

Colton Pate closed out the Tigers’ win over St. Bede with his second pin of the evening at 171 pounds, putting Chris Kerasotes’ shoulders to the mat with 21 seconds to go in the first period.

“I was trying to work the chicken wing but couldn’t get it, so I ended up going to a ball and chain and just throwing him in the half nelson,” Pate said, questioning if the folks at home would know his penultimate position.

Other non-forfeit winners for PHS in the nightcap included 130-pounder Eric Bickett, who pinned SBA’s Anthony Schneider with 1:01 left in the first period and Isaiah Taylor, who secured a pin over John Pustejovsky at 135 pounds with 1:10 left in the second frame.

Princeton’s Dylan Olson picked up a 7-0 win over his foe from Notre Dame in the opening match, and also earned a forfeit win over the Academy at 160.

• It was close but no cigar for the Tigers in their opening matchup against Notre Dame, as they fell 51-31.

“We fell a little short (against Notre Dame). We didn’t have our whole lineup, that would have definitely made it a little closer,” said Amy, whose squad is still working through some weight issues early in the season.

“They’re a good team,” said Amy of Notre Dame.

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