SkyHi wrestlers topple Mariners

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Taking advantage of five forfeits, the Skyview wrestling team defeated Homer 53-15 Tuesday night at Skyview High School.

Because it was a midweek match with Thanksgiving just around the corner, many wrestlers weren't cut down to their normal weights. However, that didn't mean there weren't some intriguing matchups.

At 112 pounds, Skyview freshman Shane Strausbaugh and Homer freshman Camron Hagen faced off. Hagen is normally a 103-pounder, where he is undefeated so far this year, but he moved up to face Strausbaugh.

The two entered the final period tied at 10, then Hagen scored an escape with 40 seconds left to go up 11-10. However, Strausbaugh got a takedown and two back points with 20 seconds left to secure the win.

"When you're giving up nine pounds at 103 pounds, that's a pretty significant percentage of body weight," Homer coach Chris Perk said. "That's not an excuse, though. It was a match we still could have had."

Skyview's Dallas Seavey and Homer's Monte Garroutte both won matches by forfeit. But the two finalists at this past weekend's North/South Tournament got together for an exhibition match. Seavey normally wrestles at 125, while Garroutte is a 130-pounder.

Garroutte scored an 8-1 victory that was closer than the score indicated. There were at least three times during the match where it looked like Seavey had Garroutte in trouble, but Garroutte was able to scramble to avoid a takedown.

"Even though the score was a bit lopsided, I'm happy with the way Dallas wrestled," Skyview coach Neldon Gardner said. "Garroutte did a good job. Most people in the state wouldn't have been able to scramble out of the things he did."

At 171, Homer's Adam Hediger scored an escape with 25 seconds left in the match to secure a 2-1 victory over Zach Rohr.

"That was a huge victory for us," Perk said. "They are in our region, so that will be a big one for seeding."

At 189, Skyview senior Justin Rainwater was down 5-3 heading into the final minute, but scored an escape and a takedown for a 6-5 victory over Homer's Jim Pollack.

At last weekend's North/South Tournament, Gardner said Rainwater dropped about seven pounds in order to wrestle at 171. Rainwater finished fourth at the tournament.

Pollack, meanwhile, took second at 189. That raises the question of whether Rainwater is better off at 171 or 189.

"We're not sure where Justin's going to end up yet," Gardner said. "We'll probably try him down at 171 one more time and see how he does, but he had an impressive victory tonight."

Also for Skyview, Elliot Gauthier, Clark Buffington and Sam Denison recorded pins. Freshman Eli Hutchison recorded a technical fall to remain undefeated on the year.

Skyview 53, Homer 15

103 -- Shane Strausbaugh, Sky, dec. Camron Hagen, 14-11; 112 -- Elliott Gauthier, Hom, p. L. Fennell, 0:59; 119 -- Eli Hutchison, Sky, t.f. Louden Greiner, 5:11; 125 -- Clark Buffington, Sky, p. t. Crauthers, 1:28; 130 -- Dallas Seavey, Sky, won by forfeit; 135 -- Monte Garroutte, Hom, won by forfeit; 140 -- Eric Rogers, Sky, won by forfeit; 145 -- Jerome Himmel, Sky, won by forfeit; 152 -- Jake Savely, Sky, won by forfeit; 160 -- Sam Denison, Sky, p. AJ Weber, 1:11; 171 -- Adam Hediger, Hom, dec. Zach Rohr, 2-1; 189 -- Justin Rainwater, Sky, dec. Jim Pollack, 6-5; 215 -- Chris Lawrence, Sky, won by forfeit; 275 -- Jared Weaver, Hom, won by forfeit.

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