Injuries plague Bulldog wrestling

Published 10:14 pm Thursday, December 12, 2013

King’s Fork High School head wrestling coach Brett Heberling thought his team could hang with some of its competition Wednesday, but injuries helped lead to a disappointing night. The host Bulldogs fell 78-6 to Deep Creek High School and 68-12 to Oscar Smith High School.

Bailey Wall, a 138-pounder, has been battling a back injury that Heberling felt contributed to his surprising losses on Wednesday.

King’s Fork High School senior 145-pounder Austin Wall wrestles during a match he could not finish due to an injury moments later on Wednesday.

King’s Fork High School senior 145-pounder Austin Wall wrestles during a match he could not finish due to an injury moments later on Wednesday.

“He was hobbling real bad afterwards,” the coach said.

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Later, 145-pounder Austin Wall was leading 5-2 in his match against Delawrence White of Oscar Smith High School when he experienced a hamstring injury and lost by injury default.

“It was one of those snowball effects, it just kept going downhill,” Heberling said.

Freshman heavyweight Travius Cheeks’ inexperience showed in his Oscar Smith match when he was disqualified for receiving four penalty points.

It was not all bad news, however, and the good news began with Marquel Boneparte, who wrestled at 195 against the Hornets and 220 against the Tigers.

“He had a good match against the guy from Oscar Smith,” Heberling said. “He pinned the guy in the first period.”

It earned the Bulldogs their only non-forfeit points.

“I was very pleased with a couple of our first-year guys,” Heberling said, referring to Jaromir Allen in the 152-pound class and Shawn Klepper, who weighs in at 116 but wrestled in the 126-pound class. “They really fought hard and really kept fighting.”

Herberling may sit Bailey Wall on Saturday so he can recover as the team goes to Midlothian to compete in an eight-team invitational at Cosby High School. Austin Wall could possibly be out several weeks, but 160-pounder Aaron Hommell will return this weekend, recovered from a fractured thumb.

King’s Fork is 2-6, after having logged wins last weekend against Essex High School and Lakeland High School.

Following are King’s Fork’s results from its home tri-match on Wednesday:

Deep Creek 78, King’s Fork 6

106-KF forfeit; 113-Sawyer (DC) over Jackson Stone (KF) Pin 1:32; 120-Trochelman (DC) over Andy Hall (KF) Pin 1:07; 126-Connor (DC) over Shawn Klepper (KF) Pin 0:56; 132-KF forfeit; 138-Trochelman (DC) over Bailey Wall (KF) Pin 1:15; 145-KF forfeit; 152-Simmons (DC) over Jaromir Allen (KF) Pin 1:53; 160-KF forfeit; 170-KF forfeit; 182-Richardson (DC) over Trevell Monroe (KF) Pin 1:05; 195-Cash (DC) over Marquel Boneparte (KF) Pin 0:57; 220-Carty (DC) over Tre’onte Beale (KF) Pin 1:06; 285-DC forfeit.

Oscar Smith 68, King’s Fork 12

106-KF forfeit; 113-Johnson (OS) over Stone (KF) Pin 0:36; 120-Lewis (OS) over Hall (KF) Dec 16-9; 126-Mullen (OS) over Klepper (KF) Pin 0:57; 132-KF forfeit; 138-Buettner (OS) over B. Wall (KF) Tech Fall 17-0; 145-White (OS) over A. Wall (KF) Injury Default; 152-Wright (OS) over Allen (KF) Pin 1:24; 160-KF forfeit; 170-KF forfeit; 182-Howard (OS) over Monroe (KF) Pin 1:46; 195-OS forfeit; 220-Boneparte (KF) over Griffin (OS) Pin 1:56; 285: Bethea (OS) over Travius Cheeks (KF) Disqualified.