Warriors, Cavs tame Broncos

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 14, 2002

Nansemond River (NR) and Lakeland defeated host Franklin in a three-way wrestling meet on Wednesday, as the Warriors took a decisive 60-24 victory and the Cavaliers a 46-34 win. The Broncos were hampered by a lack of participants, as they had to forfeit five matches in each meet.

In was the Warriors’ second victory over the Broncos in five days, as Franklin was one of the teams they defeated in the Cape Henry Classic wrestling event in Virginia Beach over the weekend. NR ended the meet 7-2.

Rusty Davis got Franklin on the board first, pinning NR’s Nathan Martie at the 2:57 mark to win the 135-pound class. Jeremiah Burton pinned Chris Suarez, and Matt Soucek beat Tyler Richards to give the Broncos an 18-0 lead.

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Brandon Aston brought the momentum to the Warriors, scoring a pinfall victory over Steve Puccini in 152-pound action. Aston took down Puccini with 40 seconds left in the first period, and nearly pinned him before the clock ran out. Two more takedowns in the second period netted Aston an 8-0 lead, and he held Puccini’s shoulders down with 50 seconds left.

After both wrestlers missed near-pins in the first period, Jonathan Cohen started the second period on top of Burt Williams. Cohen scored a quick takedown to snatch a 7-2 lead, and managed to flip Williams onto his back. The Bronco attempted to buck out, but Cohen held him down for a win in 3:02.

&uot;We train as hard as anyone in the state,&uot; Cohen said of his team. &uot;I was disappointed in the match, because I should have destroyed him. Joe (Schimming) and I are the captains, so we have to keep this team motivated.&uot; Schim-ming did his part in the 125-pound match, pinning Steve Frankson in 1:08.

Jeremy Hawk kept the streak going quickly, defeating Justin Sarka in 25 seconds in the 171-pound match. After Hawk opened with a takedown, Sarka fought his way onto his stomach. But Hawk lifted him up, put him down on his back, and added six more points to the Warriors’ score, knotting the match at 18.

The Warriors won the next five matches by forfeit, as Ben Streetman (189), Jason Brown (189), Dustin Dowell (heavyweight), Corey Mixon (103) and Justin Funaro (112) won without opposition, giving NR a 48-18 advantage. Dustin Atkins pinned Matt Yandle to cut the lead to 48-24, but Schimming and Brent Christie won their respective matches to finish out the meet.

Davis and Burton won their second matches of the evening, defeating Camden Zemp and Todd Pope to give Franklin an 11-0 lead. De’Shaun Holley outlasted Soucek for a 14-5 win, but the Cavaliers had to forfeit the 152-pound match, raising the Broncos’ lead to 17-4.

Williams defeated Gabe Thompson, but Willie Howell defeated Sarka, and Kelly Sims, Thomas Haprer, Derek Clements, Justin Schluper, and Alvin Almond won by forfeit as Lakeland went ahead 40-27.

&uot;My coach told me to go three periods to get my conditioning up,&uot; said Howell, &uot;but we needed the points, so I went for the quick pin. I’m going to try to go undefeated this year.&uot;

Frankson defeated Kevin Madison in 1:15 in the 125-pound class, and Richard Brinker squeaked out a pinfall over John Shellito for Lakeland’s final points. After battling his way out of several pinfall attempts, Brinker was behind 13-7 midway through the second quarter. Shellito pushed him onto his back, wrapping his arms around Brinker’s chest. But Brinker bucked up his lower body, flipped Shellito onto his back, and pinned him.

&uot;If you get nervous, it gets to you,&uot; said Brinker, a sophomore. &uot;You always fight your way out if you mess up. He just got tired before I did.&uot;

Both teams will be away this weekend, as Lakeland will head to Denbigh High School to compete in the Newport News Invitational, while Nan-semond River will take part in the Milford Invitational in Milford, Del.