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Wyalusing wrestling downs Benton.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | January 29, 2017 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees


Wyalusing wrestling downs BentonWYALUSING — The Rams picked up a non-league wrestling victory 44-21 over perennial D4 power Benton on Saturday night.

"One of the reasons we picked up Benton a few years ago is because even though they are out of the league, we wanted that type of match where our kids are wrestling some really top notch District 4, and in some cases they have some of the best kids in the state," Wyalusing coach Gary Haley said. "We want to bang heads with them and it shows us where we are and where we need to be. It was a good win for us. Good matches for all our kids."

Three-time state medalist Michael Stuart of Benton started things with a 9-5 win over Joe Doss at 145.

Wyalusing's Josh Haley won by technical fall 15-0 in 4:18 at 152 over Benton's Mason Wyatt and the Rams' Creighton Edsell pinned Kaleb Michael of Benton in 40 seconds at 160.

Wyalusing's Ed Mapes won 11-4 over Lucas Acornley at 170, and the Rams' Ryan Kipp (182), Michael Wilcox (195) and Cody Tunnicliff (220) all got forfeit wins.

Wyalusing's Dawson Otis won 4-2 over Dylan Womelsdorf at 285.

"Dawson doesn't get them a lot," Gary Haley said of a tough match. "It was a good match for him."

Benton's Vayle-Rae Baker won 8-2 over Logan Newton of Wyalusing at 106 and the Rams' Kregory Johnson got a forfeit win at 113.

Cole Rhone of Benton pinned Michael Bonhamer in 1:27 at 120. Benton's Justin Wagner got a takedown in the final seconds to beat Darren Schum 5-4 at 126.

At 132, Wyalusing's Luke Yonkin won 3-2 over Benton's Joe Klock, in a matchup of state-ranked opponents.

"The Klock boy was a state place winner last year and it was a good match for Luke," Gary Haley said. "He hadn't had a good match in a little bit and we wanted to see him in a good, tough match. He wrestled really well. He wrestled smart, he had stingy defense, he didn't give up any needless points. He wrestled a really smart, solid match and that's what you are going to need down the road at districts and regionals, wrestle smart.

"Luke is a super hard worker. He works as hard as anybody. He had a couple tough postseasons the last couple of years, but he is starting to put it together. That's a good match, it shows him he can go and beat the best kids in the state."

Benton's Colton Babcock closed out the match with a pin over Chris Vaskas in 1:09 at 138.

Wyalusing is off until the District 4 Duals.