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CHS wrestling tilt with Tigers goes to final bout

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Connersville High School wrestling team claimed seven bouts in a dual against Hagerstown on Wednesday evening.

As it turned out, the Spartans needed every one of them.

Trailing by a point (37-36) heading into its final match of the evening, CHS put its team hopes in the hands of 132-pounder Ethan Harris, and the upper classman didn’t disappoint.

“I just told him before the match that we needed a win. Ethan then went out and did the senior thing and made it happen,” Connersville head coach Mac Taylor said, following Connersville’s 41-37 win over the Tigers. “He got plenty of motivation from his teammates during the match.”

Harris wound up beating Adam Naddler by an 18-3 margin, scoring a technical fall to provide Connersville’s final five points, and clinch CHS’ ninth dual victory of the season.

“It was good to get the win, but it was much closer than I wanted it to be,” Taylor said. “I thought we made a few beginner’s mistakes tonight, and that made the match much tighter than I thought it should have been.”

The night started with a match at 138 pounds, and the two teams kept the tilt close through the first five bouts, Hagerstown leading by a slim 13-12 score following a major decision win by the Tigers’ Jake Combs over Evan Shafer at 170 pounds.

Connersville would then take charge of the scoreboard, as James Isaacs, Dallas Langley, Dylan Rohn and Zach McQueen won the next four matches to give CHS a 36-13 lead heading into the final five weight classes.

“Dallas scored a pin when we really needed one,” Taylor said of his 195-pounder, adding that a surprise from one of his other charges helped tremendously as well. “Isaacs was trailing, heading into the third period, but wound up getting his opponent on his back and scoring a pin.”

Even with the large lead, however, CHS had to collectively hold its breath.

Three of those remaining five bouts were forfeits by the Spartans, and Hagerstown took advantage, winning the first four of them to not only climb back into contention, but take a 37-36 lead with the 132 match remaining.

That left it up to Harris and Naddler.

“I thought Ethan went out and put together the smartest match he’s wrestled all season,” Taylor said.

Following the win, Taylor pointed out that his grapplers are still learning.

“The biggest thing is for them to learn that they need to keep moving,” the CHS mentor said. “They want to go out and be very methodical on the mat, but that doesn’t work out all that well, when you find yourself on the bottom.”

The Spartans head to Franklin County on Saturday to participate in an invitational. 

Spartans 41, Hagerstown 37

(at Hagerstown High School)

(match started at 138 pounds)

138 — Kamyron Seibert (C) lost to David Holt (H), pin (0-6)

145 — Jacob Redd (C) defeated Christian Bates (H), pin (6-6)

152 — Blake Bushey (C) lost to Cameron

Purtha (H), decision (6-9)

160 — Colton Massey (C) defeated Jaron

Baker (H), pin (12-9)

170 — Evan Shafer (C) lost to Jake Combs (H), 15-6 major decision (12-13)

182 — James Isaacs (C) defeated Brad Scholl (H), pin (18-13)

195 — Dallas Langley (C) defeated Guy Schafer (H), pin (24-13)

220 — Dylan Rohn (C) won by forfeit (30-13)

285 — Zach McQueen (C) defeated Tom Clark (H), pin (36-13)

106 — Will Castle (H) won by forfeit (36-19)

113 — Javin Payne (H) won by forfeit (36-25)

120 — Baylee Lawrence (C) lost to Josh Owens (H), pin (36-31)

126 — Josh Owens (H) won by forfeit (36-37)

132 — Ethan Harris (C) defeated Adam Naddler (H), 18-3 technical fall (41-37)