The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 13, 2013

Mustang matmen open league slate with authority

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — From the opening whistle, the Mustangs asserted themselves as the dominant team in Wednesday’s league-opening wrestling match against Wilson.

Medina wrestlers proved themselves to be stronger and more technically sound, winning some matches quickly, while emerging victorious in others after slowly wearing their opponents down.

Any way you look at it, it was a successful night for Medina wrestling. Coach Eric Gross’s Mustang squad cruised to a 78-12 victory over the Lakemen, improving to 1-0 in league play. Wilson falls to 0-1 in the N-O league.

“It was a good start for us in the league,” Gross said. “A good confidence builder, and we’ll just keep trying to get better as a team.”

Medina totaled nine pins overall, including seven that came in the first period of competition. The Mustangs used authoritative pins from Hunter Freeman (120) in 36 seconds and Jacob Covert (138) in 57 seconds, as well as from Ben Howell (152) in 50 seconds and Ryan Kruger (195) in just 34 seconds.

The sizable crowd cheered on the Mustang wrestlers throughout the night, providing constant support while Gross and the Mustang staff offered advice and encouragement from the sideline.

Medina also earned first-period victories courtesy of Charles Beach (182), Nick Erway (126) and Trevor Pittard (285), as well as a second-period pin by Nick Doberstein in the 132-pound weight class.

Medina’s Kalvin Packer earned an overtime victory in the 220-pound weight class, as did Cody Crane at 170 pounds.

Wilson’s Kevin Wisinger registered a pin at 145 pounds, in the losing cause for the Lakemen.

Medina resumes league action next Wednesday, in a 6 p.m. contest at Akron.

Albion 46, Le Roy 37

LE ROY — Coach Keith Piccirilli and the Purple Eagle wrestlers bounced back from a crushing league-opening defeat at the hands of Akron on Wednesday, coming through in the clutch to earn a non-league victory at Le Roy on Thursday evening.

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