February 18, 2010Maumee High School
Maumee Wrestlers Escape Barnburner At BG, Win Third Straight In NLL
BY KYLE BORCHERS — MIRROR SPORTS
Maumee’s wrestling team overcame a 30-23 deficit with only two matches left to win 32-30 at Bowling Green last Thursday, giving the Panthers their third straight win in the Northern Lakes League.
Sophomore Joey Beehner got a pin in 1:43 for the Panthers in the 140-pound match to slice BG’s lead to 30-29.
Then, in a winner-take-all finale, sophomore Dalton Cleghorn pulled out a 12-7 decision over Spencer in the 145-pound bout.
“It was very exciting and loud,” said coach Ken Walczak, who was inducted into Maumee’s Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend. “Our kids were really i
nto the match.”
The night began with a win by Maumee senior Ryan Hickerson, a 5-2 decision over Vandenhart at 152 pounds. Bowling Green, though, then won three straight. Goris (160) and Shull (171) gained decisions over Kieswether and Arroyo, respectively, and then Bembry pinned junior Matt Goatley in 5:09 at 189 to give the Bobcats a 14-3 lead.
Maumee 215-pound freshman Nick Grzegorzewski, however, notched a pin in 3:13 over Thurman to slowly start the Panthers’ rally.
Following a close 5-4 loss by junior Anthony Torres to BG’s heavyweight, Allen, Tony McCullough took a forfeit for Maumee at 103 pounds.
Morelock, though, put BG up 23-15 overall with a pin in 1:43 of freshman Alec White at 112.
The Panthers and Bobcats then traded the next four matches, with Maumee sophomore Ronnie Cole winning 17-12 over Cope at 119 and then Postich got a 10-1 major against senior Dylan Ortiz to make the team score 27-18.
Next at 130, sophomore Josh Bischoff put on a show for Maumee, getting a 17-0 technical fall, but then Miller beat Cody Hickerson 9-6 to provide the 30-23 lead for BG.
All that preceded the exciting finish for the Panthers.
“There were a lot of individuals who played important roles,” Walczak said. “Besides Cleghorn’s win, I thought Beehner’s pin at 140 was huge.”
After a rough start to the season, Maumee has come on the last two weeks.
“It was nice to win our third NLL meet in a row,” Walczak said. “I felt as though we grew a lot as a team at Bowling Green.”
The Panthers will take a 3-4 NLL record into the league tournament on Saturday, February 13, at Perrysburg.