How the mighty hath fallen. What was once a terrific wrestling rivalry sunk to an all-time low Tuesday night in Varden.
Western Wayne’s varsity squad put out the proverbial welcome mat for Elk Lake, a team just three years removed from its last Lackawanna League title.
Sadly, the Warriors are no longer a force to be reckoned with in Division II. On this particular evening, Elk Lake scraped together just nine wrestlers, forfeiting six bouts en route to an absolute thrashing.
“It’s definitely a little bit disappointing,” said Coach Dante Terenzio. “This used to be a great rivalry and now it’s basically just a practice session for my guys.”
Western Wayne, the two time defending divisional champ and odds-on favorite to make it three straight, used a combination of five pins and the aforesaid six forfeits in rampaging to a 70-12 massacre.
With this win, the Wildcats improved their regular season record to 2-0. Next up for the Varden lads is a berth this weekend at the Trail Duals Tourney. That event gets underway Saturday morning at Tunnel Hill.
On the Mat
After forfeiting the first bout of the night, Elk Lake actually rebounded to take a short-lived lead.
Mason Maye (120 lbs) and Blaise Cleveland (126) recorded back-to-back falls, giving the Warriors a 12-6 advantage. The visitors then forfeited three of the next four bouts and the rout was on.
Morgan Fuller earned Western Wayne’s first on-mat points of the match with a quick pin of Adam Curry at 138 (:40).
Lucas Karnick followed suit at 160, clamping Jared Curry in 3:13.
Garrett Enslin dominated his bout at 170, throwing Isaiah Holt all over the mat en route to an eventual 16-2 major decision.
Connor and Matt Rosensweet continued their sibling rivalry with two more lightning quick clamps. Connor needed just 17 seconds to pin Jared Kirchner at 195. Moments later, his brother sent Austin Bomboy packing at 220 in a time of 1:08.
“They’re both having a great season,”?said Coach Terenzio of the Rosensweet brothers. “They really push each other during practice and that translates to the mat...as you can see.”
Joseph Ingaglio put the finishing touches on this match with another fall at 285. He clamped Harold Wehler in 1:08.