South Putnam has tough tangle with Quakers

Thursday, January 15, 2009


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The Plainfield wrestling team was red hot as they stormed into South Putnam Wednesday and came away with a convincing 71-3 win.

"We have a team full of freshmen and sophomores [so] I think it [the meet] was all right," said Eagles' assistant coach Josh Hendrickson. "We worked hard. We have such a young team it's all we can ask for."

The Eagles' lone winner of the night was Matt Ballew. He won the 130-pound weight class by a one-point decision against Grant Collicott 9-8. South Putnam's 103 contender Jeff Hunter was pinned in 1:08, in the 119 match Quaker Kalob Heald won a major decision over T.J. Franklin 15-4; at 125 the Eagles' Dakota Ramey was pinned in 37 seconds by Robbie Wittman.

At 135, Plainfield's Sam Ulrich pinned Scott Daniels in 2:18, while in the 140-class South Putnam's Andrew Waters was pinned in 1:46. South Putnam's Antonio Hernandez was pinned by Plainfield's Dustin Parrish in the 145 division and at 152 the Quakers' Tyler Cozart won a major decision over Tom Migliano 18-9. At 160, Eagle grappler Jesse Gardner got pined in 5:49 by Gary Tackett, in 189 South Putnam's Jacob Girton was pinned by Eric Drake in 53 seconds, and in the heavy weight match Plainfield's Sean Loughlin won a major decision over Chris Hurst 11-4.

"Matt Ballew showed a lot of grit, came out with a last second move, but he got on his back and ended up winning the match 9-8," Hendrickson said. "Chris Hurst also had a good match. (He) couldn't pull it out there at the end, but fought all the way."

Next up for the Eagles is the WCC meet on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Cloverdale.

At South Putnam

103 -- Shephard (PHS) pin Hunter (SPH)

119 -- Heald (PHS) def. Franklin (SPH) 15-4

125 -- Wittman (PHS) pin Ramey (SPH)

130 -- Ballew (SPH) def. Collicott (PHS) 9-8

135 -- Ulrich (PHS) pin Daniels (SPH)

140 -- Boyer (PHS) pin Waters (SPH)

145 -- Parrish (PHS) pin Hernandez (SPH)

152 -- Cozart (PHS) def. Migliano (SPH) 18-9

160 -- Tackett (PHS) pin Gardner (SPH)

189 -- Drake (PHS) pin Girton (SPH)

285 -- Loughlin (PHS) def. Hurst (SPH) 11-4

Next meet -- Next up for the Eagles is the WCC meet on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Cloverdale.

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