Tough Match

Red Raiders Do Battle With Lancaster In ECIC Action

Jamestown’s Dylan Pool is on his way to a pin over Lancaster’s Nick Barberio at 126 pounds.

Lancaster may have left for home with a 42-31 Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 wrestling win on Wednesday night, but considering the forfeits that Jamestown coach Jamie Bloomquist was forced to concede, that’s a win.

“Today’s performance I think we out-wrestled them pretty darn good,” he said. “I mean, we won seven matches, they won eight,” said Bloomquist, who did not have the benefit of fielding wrestlers at four different weight classes. “They’re a very tough team, they’re competitive. We’ve been competitive with them for years, it’s been a barn burner back and forth. Today we just came up on top on some crucial matches like you saw. It came down to toughness. Today I think we were tougher.”

Two of the brightest spots for the Red Raiders (4-2, 9-3) on Wednesday came at 132 and 138 pounds, with the first match featuring Jomar Medero Montanez and Josh Jelonek of Lancaster. A defensive battle for most of the three periods in regulation, both grapplers were forced to earn points via escapes while hoping that their opponent would make a mistake to earn another decisive point.

In the end that standoff was pushed into an extra period, where Medero Montanez was able to find an open shot on Jelonek for a lift and takedown which earned him a key win at 3-1.

Jamestown’s Dwayne Hannold then took to the mat against Cody Phillips, where the 138-pounder quickly fell into a hole after back to-back takedowns gave Phillips a 6-0 lead.

Jamestown High School’s Nick Ewan, top, is in control over Lancaster’s Miles Gronowski during Wednesday’s 99-pound bout. The Legends won the ECIC Division 1 match, 42-31. P-J photos by Valory S. Isaacson

Hannold was able to fight out of that hole with an escape and takedown of his own, but once again Phillips was able to maintain his lead with a reversal for another lead at 8-3.

With nothing more to lose, Hannold took matters into his own hands, earning near-fall points following an attempted pin to climb back to within two points, before taking the lead at 11-10 after nearly earning a fall once again.

The clock showed 39 seconds remaining in the final period when Hannold was finally able to earn his pin, igniting his teammates and the gathered crowd.

“Home field, home crowd, gets the intensity up, everybody’s hearts are racing, it was a good win for both of those guys. They deserve it,” Bloomquist said of Medero Montanez and Hannold. “Dwayne works very hard and is very determined in the wrestling room. I think it just comes down to determination in the long run. He wanted it.”

While it was the middle weights that gave Jamestown a much-needed lift in energy, Nick Ewan got things started out on the right foot for the Red Raiders as well, avenging two prior losses to Myles Gronowski.

After shooting a single-leg and earning a quick takedown, Ewan was able to drag Gronowski away from the mat boundary and work around escape attempts to earn a pin at 55 seconds of the first round.

“He’s gotten beat twice by that kid and he’s an honorable-mention ranked (wrestler), so he came back and ended up sticking the guy with a cradle. I mean that’s pretty darn good. He got a little bit of redemption from him, because he won’t see him now until the Class (AA) tournament, and he’ll have to do the same thing there to move on to sectionals,” Bloomquist said of Ewan.

Highlights for the Red Raiders also came from Seth Mactavish at 145 pounds, as he was able to earn an 8-0 major decision win over Dan Empfield, while Manhattan King earned a decision at 285 and Cody Pool took care of Jake Harry at 113 via a 5-1 decision.

“We’ve got one more (ECIC match) against Hamburg at home. We’re looking to win that match and end up at 5-2 overall,” Bloomquist said.

99: Nick Ewan (J) p. Myles Gronowski, 0:55

106: Trevor Sheehan (L) tf. Taylor Crofoot, 16-1.

113: Cody Pool (J) d. Jake Harry, 5-1.

120: Parker Rozler (L) md. Derrick Howser, 16-3.

126: Dylan Pool (J) p. Nick Barberio, 0:37.

132: Jomar Medero Montanez (J) d. Josh Jelonek, 3-1.

138: Dwayne Hannold (J) p. Cody Phillips, 5:39.

145: Seth Mactavish (J) md. Dan Empfield, 8-0.

152: Ryan Stencel (L) win via forfeit.

160: Anthony Tigani (L) win via forfeit.

170: Codie Scotland (L) win via forfeit.

182: Travis Kilanowski (L) p. Ben Schrader, 2:51.

195: John Papuans (L) win via forfeit.

220: Joe Andreesen (L) md. Noah Turzillo, 13-0.

285: Manhattan King (J) d. Dave Gaca, 5-3.