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Princeton wrestling takes two

Posted Tuesday, December 06, 2011 by Steve Amy

Princeton wrestling takes two

Friday, December 02, 2011


By Jared Bell

PRINCETON — When Marshall Ary took the mat, he knew it was up to him.

With the Princeton wrestling team down by six points entering the final match against Erie-Prophetstown in Thursday’s triangular meet, the Tigers’ 138-pound junior needed a pin to force a tie in the team score.

“I never really get nervous unless I know it’s close,” Ary said. “I realized, ‘Oh, crap. It’s all on me.’”

Turns out, there was no need to worry.

Princeton’s three-year varsity wrestler pinned E-P’s Quinton Stage at 1:27 to force a tie between the teams.


After multiple tiebreakers did not break the deadlock, the Tigers were awarded the dual victory after they scored the first point in seven of the 11 contested matches in which the first points came via a takedown.

“I needed the pin to tie it so I was trying for a pin,” Ary said. “It felt good and awesome to know that I contributed to our win.”

The tiebreaker gave PHS a 43-42 victory, which completed a sweep of the night as the Tigers opened with a 60-24 win over a short-handed Morrison team.

“I thought we may lose to Erie, but we showed up and wrestled well at all weights,” said fourth-year Tiger coach Steve Amy of his first victory over E-P. “We had guys going out competing, where last Saturday was a little rough. Confidence-wise, this is huge.”

It was an all-around good night for Princeton as 160-pound senior Earl Towne and 285-pound senior Ben Staton both earned a pair of pin fall victories.

Their wins were part of nine total pins on the night by PHS, which improved to 3-3 this season in duals.

“We had guys come through and get pins,” Amy said. “The guys did a good job and kept going. They competed.”

Staton barely earned a fall in his first match against Morrison as he earned at pin at 5:57, which was three seconds before the match was to end.

Against E-P, the three-year varsity wrestler wasted little time as he earned a pin in the first period at 1:55.

“The first match, I was just trying to gas him and get him tired,” Staton said. “The second match, I remembered a move coach told me, thought about it and just went for it.”

Towne needed a little more work to earn his falls.

In the night’s first contested match, he earned a pin at 3:49 and recorded a second fall against E-P at 5:30.

“He is working hard (in practice), and it is showing,” Amy said. “He wants to wrestle in college next year and we are working on the little things so he can be able to do that.”

The two were the only PHS wrestlers to have two on-the-mat wins.

Other Tiger wrestlers who earned a victory in contested matches included Tim Hillard at 120, James Dove at 138, Logan McCauley at 152, Seth Sprouse at 170 and Wyatt Wyatt at 220.

“It feels pretty good to win these matches because we have a lot of new wrestlers,” Ary said of his teammates. “All of our kids are new wrestlers pretty much, and they are all improving match-by-match. Later on this season, we should be pretty good.”

Notes: Sprouse returned to the lineup after a recent bout with mononucleosis. … After winning the IHSA Class 2A state football title last Friday, Morrison missed most all of its lineup. The Mustangs had just one wrestler who competed Thursday who is expected to be in their starting lineup.

Jared Bell can be reached at 223-3200, ext. 138, or at sports@newstrib.com.

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