Bulldogs too much for Buffs
Culver keeps wrestling way to wins
A crowd of 200 or more spectators had plenty of action to cheer at the renewal of a Madras versus Culver high school wrestling contest on Friday, Dec. 28, at Culver.
Despite four forfeits to sift through -- Madras received one at 160 pounds after not having wrestlers at 103 or 112 then being part of a double forfeit at 119 before another forfeit to Culver at 125 -- the crowd at Culver High showed its appreciation. Cheers for both teams greeted competitors as wrestling between the two Jefferson County schools renewed after a break of nearly 20 years. Culver coach J.D. Alley said it would be nice to wrestle Madras in future seasons, undoubtedly buoyed by Culver winning the event, 43-19.
A draw for the first weight to be wrestled resulted in the 275-pound division leading off the varsity action.
But before Kerry Scott of Madras and Zach Hansen from Culter met for team points in the heaviest division, a match of first-year contestants at 215 pounds was won by Culver senior Ross McWilliams against August Scott. The youngest of three Scotts on the Madras roster, August is not related to either Kerry or Gordon Scott.
Kerry Scott rallied to a 7-4 win against Hansen, after once trailing 4-2. An escape and takedown in the midst of the second period between them plus a final-period takedown turned around the match for Scott after Hansen had collected a takedown for two points then exposed Scott's back to the mat long enough to score another two points.
Strong struggles put up by Culver's Dan Loredo, at 130, and Brian Stills, at 135, kept two state-tournament seasoned Madras wrestlers -- in senior Chad McFarland and junior Tony Hansen -- from collecting pins.
McFarland and Loredo gave Madras two of its three wins on the mat during the dual competition at Culver. Going against as strong a collection of wrestlers as at Culver was "very good" preparation for the Tri-Valley league competition the White Buffalos will face starting this week, said Coach Paul Brown of the Buffs.
The 18-3 lead the forfeits established for Culver against Madras shrunk to 18-10. But the two wins for Madras at 130 and 135 could have earned as many as 12 points, instead of the seven points they did earn.
At 140, Culver's Jon Urbach led Jacob Struck from Madras 8-0 in the opening moments before pinning down a win to expand the Bulldog lead. Its six points for Urbach's pin reclaimed a more comfortable margin, in a 24-10 lead, for Culver.
But Cody Oliver's work against Ross Miller collected a win at 145 for Madras before yet another Culver pin.
Bryce Miller avenged the Culver loss one bout earlier to earn six points for the Bulldogs with his pin of Tyler Bowers in the 152 match.
Having more than doubled the Buffs' total at that point, 30-13, Culver could have shuffled its wrestlers in the final matches of the non-league event.
But Alley joined Brown in noting that good matchups were lined up for both teams in the majority of the matches.
While Mark Coy continued his unbeaten year for Culver with a pin over Justin Fox of Madras in the 172 match, the win that McFarland had earned for Madras in the 130 match earlier had kept his record unmarred.
Jake Collier gave Anthony Alley a challenge early in their 189 match but Alley answered being reversed by earning still more points for Culver by eventually pinning Collier.
Lance Roberts of Culver closed out the evening's scoring on Friday by making it to the end of a match against Gordon Scott that earned the Bulldogs three points.
Culver had stayed prepared for the tussle with the Buffs by being in Reno, at a large tournament, just before Christmas. The Bulldogs turned in a strong showing in that Reno event, Alley said, as they earned 40th as a team in a field of 84.
"Making it to Saturday in a tournament like that was no small deal," Alley said of the depth the event attracted. Thus Bryce Miller, Lance Roberts and Mark Coy all were acclaimed by Alley, for not having lost their second match until having wrestled at least once on Saturday. Coy pushed all the way into the top 16 before dropping out at Reno the Culver coach noted.