It would be considered a barn burner by some standardsPosted January 18, 2013
It would be considered a barn burner by some standards. The Night Hawks dual would come down to the wire and it would provide for some exciting matches throughout the evening. Baker came in with a load of juniors that can really wrestle. Coach Buwick knew it would come down to a few if not a single match. It would be an entire team effort. Even in the losses by the Night Hawks, it would be important not to give up pins and six team points but only three points in a loss by decision. When the smoke cleared the score read 38-35 Night Hawks.
The lead would start out 18-0 in favor of the Night Hawks thanks to three straight forfeits at 106, 113, and 120. The first match of the evening would pit Codi Tomac against Tyler Law at 136 pounds. Codi would extend the lead to 24-0 with an impressive pin in 1:45.
Baker would finally get on the score board at 132 pounds. The match would come down to overtime as Braxon Yates and Cody Perry would battle to a 4-4 tie. In OT, Perry would pick up the take down to come away with a thrilling 6-4 win. The team score was narrowed to 24-3. Jonny Wiseman and Trevor Abrahamson would hit the mat at 138 pounds. Abrahamson would fall in the third period by a tech fall score of 18-3. Abrahamson did an outstanding job staving off a pin late in the third period. The Night Hawks still held a lead at 24-8.
In another thriller at 145 pounds, it would be Christian Hughes battling Travis Keonig. The match would come down to the wire again. Hughes would be down 5-2 late in the match, as he came away with an impressive reversal only to see time run out on him. He would end up losing 5-4 but what an exciting match. Team score 24-11 – Night Hawks.
Rodney Vanhoff turned the tide for Coach Burwick’s squad at 152 pounds. Vanhoff would use his classic leg riding style to completely dominate Cody Beyers. Late in the third, quarter the match would be stopped at 16-0. The five big team points for a tech-fall would be very important. The lead stood at 29-11.
Dalton Schaeffer would hit the mat at 160 pounds vs. Mason Melby. Melby an undefeated Spartan wrestler would dominate with a pin in 1:12. Schaeffer would be very aggressive in the loss as he looked very impressive. Young 7th grader, Paul Abrahamson would match up against Sheldon Ridenhower at 170 pounds. Abrahamson would be outmatched but still battled the Baker native. Abrahamson would lose by pin in :41. The Spartans would narrow the gap to 29-23.
Colby Steeke and Wyatt Perry would be the match up at 182 pounds. Steeke would simply man handle Perry throughout the match. Using brute strength, it would be a pin in 3:04 for the Scranton native. Colby extended the Night Hawk lead to 35-23.
Knowing that forfeits were coming at 220 and 285, the match would come down to Denby Lueck and Zach Rehm at 195 pounds. Denby had two losses to Zach in the Night Hawk classic. On this night, Denby would be the aggressive fighting wrestler we have been waiting for. Denby would push the pace all match long. It was a thriller down to the end. Lueck would be leading 4-2 late in the third period. Denby would give up an escape and then hang on for the very thrilling 4-3 win. “I didn’t want to lose it for the team,” Denby recalled. The big win would secure the victory for Coach Burwick at 38-35.
The next action for the Night Hawks is at the Moorcroft Mixer on Saturday. The early leave and competition will provide a tough test for Coach Burwick’s squad.