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Titans Split in home meet

December 10, 2012
Warsaw High School

By Zach Short

MVM News Network

WARSAW, Ill. — The West Hancock Titan wrestling squad battled Central and Illini West in a home meet Thursday, and while the Central Panthers were able to take a narrow 39-36 win over the host Titans, West Hancock battled back in their match with the Illini West Chargers to take an impressive 58-12 victory.

“Central was a bit of a let down,” said West Hancock Head Coach Jon Minnis. “We gave up in a couple of matches.”

Luke Lowman, Josh Espinoza, and John Koehler earned victories via forfeit at 160, 170 and 182 pounds to begin the match, and Freddy Lopez kept the Titan momentum going with a pinfall victory at 1:11 in the first period at 195 pounds over Andrew Shake.

Andrew Rossiter was able to get the Panthers on the board at 220 pounds by winning a close decision over Daniel Allen and Luke Dively followed that up with a pinfall victory at 1:08 in the first period over Preston Powelson at 285 pounds.

Will Lucie earned a 5-2 decision over Jared Welty at 106 pounds to extend the Titans lead before Deavin Beaston took on Ethyn Deege at 113 pounds in what was the match of the night.

After falling behind early to the bigger Deege, Beaston kept attacking to stay in the match. Down 10-4 with less than a minute left Beaston scored five quick points before executing a take down before the final buzzer to take an 11-10 come from behind victory.

“Deavin’s a heck of a wrestler, one of the most technically sound wrestlers we have,” said Minnis. “He never gave up, he kept going and he was giving up 10-15 pounds on that kid. It was pure heart and he kept battling.

“I can’t say enough about what he did in that match. It was simply amazing.”

Central came back with a pinfall victory at 120 pounds as Colton Mixer beat Jacob Lowman at :13 in the opening period, but West Hancock’s Jack Lucie, ranked third in the state at 126 pounds by Illinois Matmen, answered with a pin of his own over Jared McClintock at 132 pounds at :52 to go in the first period.

West Hancock forfeited at 138 and 145 pounds and Central’s Darian Hutton pinned Dakota Ruffcorn at :43 of the second period to earn the close victory.

The Titans responded in the next match against Illini West by earning four consecutive pins by Koehler at 182 pounds, Lopez at 195 pounds, Allen at 220 pounds and Powelson at 285 pounds.

“Illini West was a lot better obviously,” Minnis said. “We went out, wrestled hard, everybody got their heads up. I still want more because I always want more from these guys, but it’s a work in progress.”

Beaston and Will Lucie earned victories via forfeit and Jacob Lowman outscored Corbin Link 7-1 in the third period to secure a 12-6 decision. At 126 pounds. Jack Lucie raced out to a 10-0 lead before pinning Dakota Huss at :57 in the second period.

“That’s how Jack wrestles. Jack, Will, Deavin, Freddy are the epitome of our Titan style of wrestling: go out and dominate,” said Minnis. “Jack wasn’t going to give an inch. When he steps on the mat he is a gamer and he’s going to bring everything he’s got.”

Neither squad fielded a wrestler at 126 or 138 pounds, and Tanner Kyle got Illini West on the board with a forfeit at 145 pounds. John Ruffcorn pinned Cameron Gresham at :25 of the first period at 152 pounds to add to West Hancock’s lead, and after Luke Lowman won by forfeit at 160 pounds for the Titans Illini West’s Kyle Stone pinned Josh Espinoza at :35 in the second period to end the match with the Titans holding a 58-12 advantage.

“How we plan to keep it every time is constant pressure, constant movement, never letting anybody in,” Minnis said. “We want total domination. We came out and responded well, but we’ve got to do that all night.”

West Hancock will compete in the Keokuk Junior Varsity Tournament Saturday. The Titans face Fort Madison and Mount Pleasant Thursday in junior varsity and varsity competition at Mount Pleasant.


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