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Barlow wrestlers put squeeze on the Eagles

MHC WRESTLING - Barlow bounces back from first league loss to beat Centennial
by: David Ball Barlow’s Jacob Childs works for a fall against Centennial’s Zach Feldman during the Bruins 36-21 dual win Thursday night.

Centennial was done in before it stepped onto the mat for Thursday night's dual against Barlow. Earlier in the day, Eagles coach Roger Matthews received official word that three of his wrestlers were academically ineligible for the rest of the season. Matthews made some last-minute tweaks to his lineup, but Centennial still ended up forfeiting two weight classes, which was too much to overcome in a 36-21 loss to a talent Barlow squad.

'The meet would have been a lot closer. Any time you have that many guys yanked, it's hard to go out and give it a battle,' Matthews said. 'But the guys we had out there tonight wrestled tough.'

In fact, Centennial held a 15-12 lead heading into the upper part of the weight ladder after Justin Lee (152 pounds) and Harley Meyer (160) picked up back-to-back decisions.

But Barlow put the dual away with a perfect 24 points over the next four bouts, picking up a pair of forfeits to go along with third-period pins by Jacob Childs (195) and Mick Dougharity (220). Childs didn't surrender a point in his match, while Dougharity slammed into his opponent's waist for a takedown five seconds in and controlled the action from start to finish.

Look for the full story and MHC standings in the Feb. 4, edition of The Outlook.