The North Hills Indians closed out the regular season on Saturday at the Montour Spartan Duals. Competing in 6 rounds North Hills wrestled in a total of 5 matches.
The Indians started the day strong facing off against Brooke High School and winning with a final match score of 60-15. John MacPherson (120), Keagan Lawson (138), and Jake Stotz (160) all pinned their wrestlers in the first period. Jim Neuscheler (132) also pinned his opponent, winning his first match of the season. Devon Cuda (170) also won his match with a 16-4 major decision.
North Hills continued to wrestle strong in their match against Penn Hills defeating the P.H. Indians with a score of 56-18. Gage Curry (120), Nathan Mankey (145), David Badamo (152), and Stotz all contributed to the team score with falls. Kevin Dreyer (220) won his match with a major decision and Lawson teched his wrestler in the second period.
North Hills suffered their first loss of the day in a close match against Hopewell, losing by just 4 team points. All winning their matches with decisions were MacPherson, Badamo, and Mankey. Lawson beat his opponent with his second tech-fall of the day.
Bouncing back after the match against Hopewell the Indians conquered the Fighting planets, winning over Mars 46-24. Curry, MacPherson, and Badamo won each of their matches with a fall. Luke Fotta (113), Neuscheler, Cuda, and Zach Smith (182) all beat their wrestlers with decisions. Lawson won his match with a major.
In the last match of the day Montour overcame North Hills with a score 40-33. MacPherson, Curry, and Badamo all pinned their wrestlers within the first period. Lawson added points for a decision, and Fotta and Smith also pinned their wrestlers to add to the team score.
Special congratulations to Junior Keagan Lawson who took home a trophy for the most takedowns scored. Between all 5 of his matches Keagan had 27 takedowns; the second place wrestler only scored 16. This means he scored at least 11 more takedowns than every other wrestlers participating in the duals.
As a team North Hills finished in 3rd place overall.
As the regular season comes to a close, the Indians will be engaging in some self-evaluating in order to properly prepare for the post-season that is upon them. The Indians will be training relentlessly to improve and to get the competitive edge required to accomplish their long-term goals for the season. There will be a 3 week break from competition; the Indians will be back on the competition mat February 21, 2015 at Fox Chapel High School for the Section tournament. The top 5 place winners at each weight class will earn a spot in the prestigious WPIAL wrestling tournament the following week.
How do you want the final chapter of your season/career to end? Your attitude along with how well you prepare & train will have a direct impact on how your final chapter will end. The journey continues…….
Why be good when you can be great!
Train Like A Champion…Wrestle Like A Champion…Act Like A Champion!
113 Fotta 5-0 with 1 fall
120 MacPherson 5-0 with 3 falls
126 G. Curry 5-0 with 3 falls
132 Neuscheler 2-3 with 1 fall
138 Lawson 5-0 with 3 techs and a fall
145 Badamo 5-0 with 3 falls and a major decision
152 Mankey 3-2 with 1 fall and 1 major
160 Stotz 3-2 with 2 falls
170 Cuda 3-2 with 1 major decision
182 Smith 4-1 with 1 fall
195 Fulton 0-5
220 Dryer 1-4
INDIAN OF THE WEEK
The Indians had 5 wrestlers go 5-0 this past weekend at the Montour Duals making the selection of Indian of the week very difficult to decide. After much debating and reflecting, we have a trio of wrestlers that earned Indian of the week. All three of these wrestlers went 5-0 on the weekend and wrestled really well earning many bonus points for the Indians throughout the day of competition.
Our Indians of the week are….John MacPherson for going undefeated on the day with 3 of his 5 victories by fall. Keagan Lawson for going undefeated with 3 technical falls, a fall, and the most takedowns award with an astounding 27 takedowns. Senior David Badamo for leading by example and wrestling with great intensity. David also went undefeated for the day and recorded 3 falls and a major decision. We really wish we could have selected just one but with great performances like this, we had to recognize the trio of Indians.
Congratulations to John, Keagan, and David for a job well done!
Written by: Brooke Dumas & Coach Jones