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W: #9 New Palestine upends #3 Indianapolis Cathedral, 39-30

December 13, 2012
Hancock County Sports

By Hancock County Sports

New Palestine's ninth-ranked wrestling team won a close Top 10 matchup against No. 3 Indianapolis Cathedral Wednesday night, taking the match by a score of 39-30.

The Dragons moved to 17-0 with the victory heading into Saturday's New Palestine Six-Way.

After Cathedral won the night's first two matches, eighth-rated Brian Wagner got the Dragons started with a fall in 3:05 at 182.

NP took the upper hand in the match after rolling off a run of wins in the lower weight classes. Freshman C.J. Red, the No. 1 rated wrestler in the state at 106, was awarded a forfeit. Then, sophomore Rylan McCarty needed just 87 seconds for a pin at 113, followed by third-ranked sophomore Tommy Cash's pin in 5:23 at 120.

Those three falls created an 18-point swing in the team score and put NP up 27-21. A 40-second pin by NP senior Gordon Wagner at 138 and a 6-3 decision by Robbie Elsea at 145 over Cathedral's Brent Larson clinched the match for the Dragons. Wagner is ranked 10th in his weight class, Elsea is ranked eighth.

But the two biggest wins for the Dragons of the night came in two OT thrillers.

At 195, NP's Noah Grable matched up with Cathedral's John White. The two each had an escape in regulation, and despite several near-takedowns, neither could finish one through three periods and a one-minute overtime.

Things got interesting in the final 20 seconds of the second OT, when White chose down and got an escape -- but Grable quickly took him down to take a 3-2 lead moments ahead of the horn. However, White was awarded a penalty point, and the match went into a third OT.

There, Grable got an escape and held on for a 4-3 victory that delighted the sizable crowd in the NPHS gymnasium.

The other big match came at 132, where NP freshman Jared Timberman met up with Cathedral's John Devine. Again, the two headed to OT -- Timberman trailed 4-2 much of the third period, thanks to an escape by Devine and a penalty point. But the Dragon registered a late takedown to tie the match, and then won it with a takedown in the one-minute overtime.

That gave the Dragons a 30-24 edge in the team score, allowing Wagner and Elsea to put it out of reach.

One of the night's most anticipated matches came at 126, where Ben Harvey of Cathedral -- ranked No. 6 in the state -- met NP's 11th-ranked Taylor Fee. Harvey used an escape and a second-period takedown to win 3-0 in a tactical match where neither wrestlier was able to gain much of an advantage. 

Cathedral's other wins came from 13th-ranked freshman Blake Rypel-Smith at 160 by an 8-2 decision, Joe Huntington by fall (3:03) at 170, Raja Burt by fall at 220 in 3:26, third-ranked sophomore Wesley Bernard by fall at 285 (2:49) over previously-unbeaten Dragon Willie Bryan in another one of the night's more highly-anticipated matches. Second-ranked junior Vinny Corsaro won at 152 by fall in just 77 seconds.

NP is now 17-0 on the season. The Dragons will host the New Palestine 6-way on Saturday.

(9) New Palestine 39, (3) Cathedral 30
Wednesday at New Palestine
Rypel-Smith (C) over Brickens (NP, 1-1) 8-2
170: Huntington (C) over Pomfret (NP, 8-9) fall 3:03
182: B.Wagner (NP, 17-0) over Todderud (C) fall 3:05
195: Grable (NP, 15-2) over White (C) 4-3, 3OT
220: Burt (C) over Yazel (NP, 10-7) fall 3:26
285: Bernard (C) over Bryan (NP, 16-1) fall 2:49
106: Red (NP, 17-0) won by forfeit
113: McCarty (NP, 17-0) over Lewis (C) fall 1:27
120: Cash (NP, 16-0) over Speckman (C) fall 5:23
126: Harvey (C) over Fee (NP, 14-3) 3-0
132: Timberman (NP, 14-3) over Devine (C) 6-4, OT
138: G.Wagner (NP, 16-1) over McNulty (C) fall :40
145: Elsea (NP, 16-1) over Larson (C) 6-3
152: Corsaro (C) over Hunt (NP, 13-4) fall 1:17

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