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PHS pins Mendota

Posted Wednesday, December 07, 2011 by Steve Amy

PHS pins Mendota

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


By Kevin Chlum

PHS pins Mendota
Princetons Logan McCauley wrestles Mendotas Mitch Humphrey Monday in Mendota. McCauley picked up a fall at the 2:28 mark in the 152-pound match to help the Tigers earn a 57-18 win over their former NCIC foes.
NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
MENDOTA - First Seth Sprouse beat mononucleosis.

Since he’s been beating everyone else.

After missing Princeton’s final football game and the start of wrestling due to mono, the Tigers’ 170-pound junior is quickly making up for lost time.

With his first-period pin fall on Monday at Mendota, Sprouse is now 3-0 with two on-the-mat wins since his return last Thursday.

“It feels pretty good since I am wrestling out of my weight class because of mono,” Sprouse said. “Right now I would like to be at 160, but I am wrestling at 170 so it feels pretty good to have success.”

On Monday, Sprouse earned a pin in 36 seconds. It was his second win by fall this year.
“He shot in on me, I cross faced and just did short out,” Sprouse said. “I got him to his back and was able to end it.”

Sprouse’s win was part of an all-around good effort by the Tigers, who beat MHS 57-18.
With matches starting at 132, Princeton scored the first 45 points before the Trojans won three of the final five weights, two of which were pin falls in contested bouts.

“We are improving,” said PHS coach Steve Amy, whose team moved to 4-3 in duals this season. “We have improved in every match this year, and that’s what we want. We came out aggressive and did some good things.”

Mendota’s Jacob Guerrero ended Princeton’s run of victories.

In his last match at 220 before he drops to 195 this weekend, Guerrero earned a fall in 51 seconds.

“About 30 seconds in, I got a takedown to get my two (points), but we went out of bounds,” said Guerrero, a team co-captain. “When we went back to the center, I just broke him down, ran a half and got the quick pin.”

Mendota’s other on-the-mat victory came from 106-pounder Jaron Robinson. In improving to 11-1 on the season, the Trojan freshman rolled as he recorded five takedowns and a five-second near fall before he finished off the match with a pin at 57 seconds.

“He has got the experience, a heck of a lot of confidence and he knows what he does pretty well,” MHS coach Jason Artman said. “He bounces back when things don’t go well.”

Princeton started the night with six straight wins in contested matches. Earning victories in those matches were 138-pounder James Dove, 145-pounder Caleb Dickens, 152-pounder Logan McCauley, 160-pounder Earl Towne, Sprouse at 170 and Casey Pierre at 182.

Tiger 120-pound freshman Tim Hillard won by fall at 1:53 to earn Princeton’s final on-the-mat victory.

“All of these guys are doing a really good job,” Amy said. “We’ve been working on cradles on top and all of a sudden they were coming out of nowhere. It was the first time seeing them. It was good.”

Notes: Both teams were without some of their top wrestlers. Princeton was without 285-pound heavyweight Ben Staton, while Mendota was without 132-pounder D.J. Duffey and both of its heavyweights. … The Trojans return to action on Wednesday when MHS hosts a quadrangular with St. Bede, Putnam County and Midland.

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


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