NEW CASTLE —
It would have been easy to expect a loss from the Ellwood City Lincoln High wrestling team.
After all, the Wolverines were coming off a tough defeat in the WPIAL playoffs to Mount Pleasant last week.
That heartbreak didn’t stop the young squad from getting right back on track in a victory against visiting Blackhawk, 50-18.
“It was tough, but we got there,” said Wolverines coach Craig Alberts on his team’s playoff match. “It was a bit of a new experience for all of us. Against Blackhawk, we bounced back and won our fair share of matches. We were pretty consistent. We had a nice crowd for the evening, and it was nice to win at home.”
On senior night, Wolverines senior Trent Viccari started the contest with a 9-4 decision over Adam Clarkson in the 160-pound weight class. Josh Higby, another senior, won by forfeit in the 182-pound weight class.
“Trent is a real hard worker and we’re glad he came out this year,” Alberts said.” We’ll definitely miss him next year. With Josh, he has always been there and consistent all year.”
Ellwood (7-9 overall) has a chance to end the season with its first .500 record since the program was reintroduced two years ago.
“We kind of just go one match at a time. Our whole staff is really proud of these boys,” Alberts said. “We’re happy about their performances for most of the year.”
Jordan Lemanski picked up a pin of Kris Zoretich in 40 seconds in the 120-pound weight class. Nicholas Carusone won a major decision over Ryan Detka in the 152-pound class, 12-3. In the 195-pound weight class, Brad Grinnen pinned Vance Shuler in 1:35. Josh Williams won in double overtime over Peter Ellefson in the 132-pound weight class, an 8-7 decision.
ELLWOOD CITY 50, BLACKHAWK 18
106 — Cameron McCowin (E) won by forfeit.
113 — Nicholas Ellefson (B) pinned Carter MacMurdo, 2:27.
120 — Jordan Lemanski (E) pinned Kris Zoretich, 0:40.
126 — Jake Braddock (B) pinned Bryan McCarthy, 3:17.
132 — Josh Williams (E) won in double overtime over Peter Ellefson, 8-7.
138 — David McCarthy (E) won by forfeit.
145 — Jarod Ahlgren (B) decision over Donnie Kerr, 4-3.
152 — Nicholas Carusone (E) major decision over Ryan Detka, 12-3.
160 — Trent Viccari (E) decision over Adam Clarkson, 9-4.
170 — J.T. Baldelli (E) major decision over David Early, 11-2.
182 — Josh Higby (E) won by forfeit.
195 — Brad Grinnen (E) pinned Vance Shuler, 1:35.
220 — Lamar Taft (B) decision over Mike Sinclair, 7-2.
285 — Josh Stewart (E) won by forfeit.