Lakeland, Nansemond River wrestlers get pinned

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Both Suffolk high school wrestling teams fell at home on Wednesday night. Lakeland fell to Hickory 50-15 and Oscar Smith 55-18, and Tallwood spo-iled Nansemond River’s &uot;Senior Night&uot; with a 45-27 victory.

Rob Huston started the Hawk win by defeating Lakeland’s Thomas Harper 10-3. After a scoreless first period, Huston lifted Harper on his back and fell on top of him for a near-pin for a 2-0 lead. He then turned Harper over for a 4-0 lead, and scored another takedown as the third period began. Harper got on the board with a takedown, and soon escaped to cut the lead in half. But Huston bided his time, took Harper down two more times, and gave his team a 3-0 lead.

John Saia pinned Robert Smith in 1:45 to up the lead to 9-0, but Derek Clements brought the Cavaliers their first victory, pinning Maurice Rid-dick. After unsuccessfully attempting to take Riddick down throughout the first period, Clements started the second on top of his opponent. He grabbed Riddick’s leg to turn him over, and pressed his full weight on top of Riddick with 1:15 to go. The Hawk valiantly fought to keep his shoulders off the mat, but Clements kept him down with three seconds to go, and the Cavaliers were within 9-6.

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Sean Katz extended Hick-ory’s lead with a pinfall victory over Justin Schleeper in the 103-pound class, and David LeClaire took a 17-3 win from Joe Davis at 112.

Neither team fielded a competitor for the 119-pound match, and Ryan Newcomb pinned Colt Eason to win at 125. Dustin Smith pinned Kenny Litland to take the 130-pound class, and the Cavaliers failed to field a wrestler at 135, upping the Hawks’ lead to an insurmountable 38-6.

Josh Squyres pinned Todd Pope at 140, but De’Shaun Holly finally gave the Cavaliers some new momentum, defeating Greg Hedrick 9-8.

Hedrick took Holly down to open the match, but the Cavalier escaped and repaid the favor for a 3-2 lead. After the wrestlers toppled out of the ring, Hedrick escaped from Holly to knot the score.

Holly started the second period on top, and lifted Hedrick off his feet. But the Hawk managed to maneuver around to land on top of Holly for a 5-3 lead. He scored another takedown for a 7-3 advantage, but Holly scored two takedowns (the last one coming as the buzzer sounded) to end the period behind 8-7.

Hedrick was called for an illegal hold to open the third period, which gave Holly a penalty point. The Cavalier then escaped with 33 seconds left to go up, and held off his opponent for the win.

Holly now looks toward the Southeastern District competition, which begins Friday at Great Bridge. A senior, he has one last chance to achieve his goal of reaching state competition.

&uot;Winning a close match like this one shows me that I can go three periods and still be strong at the end,&uot; Holly said of his win over Hedrick. &uot;But it also means that I can’t take anyone lightly.&uot;

Lakeland forfeited the 152-pound match, but Gabe Thom-pson defeated Hickory’s Chris Ryalls 7-3 at 160 pounds, and Willie Howell held off Brian Bittner at 171 to end the match.

In the Oscar Smith battle, Davis, Holly, Clements and Howell won their respective matches.

Over at River, Corey Mixon, Ryan Linton, Brent Christie, Brian Hawk and Jason Brown (none of whom are seniors) won their respective matches.

The Warriors host Great Bridge and Indian River at 6 p.m. tonight.