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Tigers, Redskins strike up new rivalry

Posted Thursday, December 16, 2010 by Steve Amy

Tigers, Redskins strike up new rivalry

By T.G. Smith - Shaw News Service
 
 

The 24th-ranked Morris got the better of the Tigers in Tuesday’s debut, winning nine of 14 weight classes to post a 52-21 decision.

Morris coach Jon Lanning is looking forward to a continued rivalry with PHS, the alma mater of Redskins’ assistant Matt Seidel.

“This is coach Seidel’s former team and it’s one that we plan on scheduling with them for a long time,” Lanning said. “Coach (Steve) Amy has a nice team. He’s a young guy who is doing exactly what we’re doing here, which is building the program there.”

Amy viewed Tuesday’s match as a learning lesson for the Tigers. he said the results of duals at this point of the season are not as important as keeping the team focused as the Christmas break approaches.

“It seems like some of the guys have already started taking their Christmas break. It’s a tough week,” Amy said. “This is all we have in this stretch, other than the Saturday stuff. Hopefully when they come back, they’ll start working hard.”

Tuesday’s meet started out at the 285-pound weight class where Morris’ Addison Shannon pinned PHS junior heavyweight Ben Stanton at 3:30.

Princeton’s first win came at 125 when senior Eric Bickett beat Mitch Dite 8-4 at 125.

Reiter Bird (135) and Cody Cumpton (140) won in back-to-back matches for PHS to get the meet as close as it would get at 28-9. Bird won 5-0 over Ethan Chouinard and Cumpton beat Jared Kowalewski 8-2.

The match ended with Princeton bookending wins around two by Morris.

At 160, Dylan Olson beat Josh Shannon by fall in 4:34 after leading 9-1, and at 215, Brewer Ary pinned Preston Miracle in 1:25.

“I thought our seniors wrestled well tonight,” Amy said. “There is still a long way to go, but I think we’ll be OK come regional time. Duals don’t mean a lot right now. It’s about getting ready for the regional. I think we wrestled all right tonight against a ranked 2A school.”

• Notes: Amy said sophomore Reece Bird, ranked in the preseason at 103, has joined the team late, but does not expect to put him into the lineup until the PIT (Jan. 7-8). ... Casey Pierre was the lone winner for the PHS JV Tuesday, taking the 160-pound class by fall in 1:43. ... The Tigers placed 10th of 16 teams in Saturday’s Pontiac Invite, scoring 30 points higher than the next highest Class A team. Amy said the Tigers had a great start by winning all but two matches in the first round. Top PHS finishers were Dylan Olson, third at 160 and Reiter Bird, fourth at 140.

“We had guys battle through the consolations and come up a bit short, but everyone did a nice job of going out and competing,” Amy said.

Kevin Hieronymus contributed to this article

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