WARREN, Pa. – Eisenhower and Warren teamed up to “White Out” cancer in Tuesday’s match, and on the mat, it was a competitive 42-30 win for Eisenhower.
The annual match raises funds for the Warren Cancer Center in memory of former Warren coach Dean Johnson.
It’s a particularly special match for Eisenhower assistant coach Dennis Johnson, Dean’s brother.
“It’s really special because I know my brother is up there looking down,” Johnson said. “I get to give him grief at the Christmas table this year, even though he’s up there.”
On the mat, the Dragons jumped out to an early lead, capped by Grant Heeter’s 12-10 decision over Shawn Pascuzzi at 152 pounds.
Heeter and Pascuzzi were named Players of the Match.
“We use to wrestle each other a lot back in middle school,” Heeter said. “We’ve wrestled each other a lot over the years so we knew it was going to be a good one.”
See Heeter and Pascuzzi’s full interview here:
Heeter’s win was followed by three consecutive pins, for Eisenhower, however beginning with Cam Jakubczak’s first-period fall over Kenny Pizarro at 160.
Tucker Lindell (172) and Benji Bauer (189) followed with pins of their own, and after Ike’s Brok English won via forfeit, Michael Vanetta got the final pin of the night for Eisenhower at 285.
Johnson expressed the gratitude the young men showed both on the mat and in the fight against cancer.
“When you’re doing something against cancer, I think they really look at it as a positive thing,” Johnson said. “And that’s what we’re trying to teach our kids, to be empathic and that sort of thing. And it was a lot of fun.”
Ryan Fitzsimmons closed out the match for Warren with a major decision (11-2) at 114, with the Dragons having some big performances of their own.
Cameron Williams got a pin at 172, as did Connor Zaffino at 139, which was followed by a Josh Letko 15-0 tech fall victory at 145.
Also for Eisenhower, Cole Kellogg got a pin over Trentin Anthony at 133.
“These kids all know each other and even practice together,” said Eisenhower coach Jared Lindell, who picked up his first win as head coach. “But when it comes down to going toe-to-toe, we put that out of sight and compete.”
EISENHOWER 42, WARREN 30
121 – Griffin Williams (E) won by forfeit
127 – Cameron Williams (W) pinned Ryan Chambers, 3:28
133 – Cole Kellogg (E) pinned Trentin Anthony, 1:47
139 – Connor Zaffino (W) pinned Kam Ferrand
145 – Josh Letko (W) tech fall Derek Childs, 15-0
152 – Grant Heeter (W) dec. Shawn Pascuzzi, 12-10
160 – Cam Jakubczak (E) pinned Kenny Pizarro, 1:47
172 – Tucker Lindell (E) pinned Evan Swanson, 3:11
189 – Benji Bauer (E) pinned Damien Sanchez, 3:32
215 – Brok English (E) won by forfeit
285 – Michael Vanatta (E) pinned Joe Krall, 5:36
107 – Adika Fiscus (W) won by forfeit
114 – Ryan Fitzsimmons (W) maj. dec. Shawn Miller, 11-2
CLEARFIELD 76, HOLLIDAYSBURG 0
HYDE, Pa. – Clearfield won seven matches by pin and five more by forfeit in a 76-0 win over Hollidaysburg.
Eric Myers (285), Cash Diehl (107), Bryndin Chamberlain (114), Colton Ryan (127), Adam Rougeux (133), Patrick Knepp (152), and Ty Aveni (160) all got pins for the Bison.
Colton Bumbarger also got a 14-4 major decision at 139.
CORRY 42, TITUSVILLE 24
CORRY, Pa. – Corry got four pins in a 42-24 win over Titusville.
Ethyn Allen (189), Owen Nickerson (285), Steven Willis (114), and Isaiah Bayle (127) all had pins for Corry.
Kael Albers (215) and William Allen (133) both won by decision for Corry.
Nate Stearns (139), Gavin Donaldson (145), and Landen Wolfkiel (152) all won by pin for Titusville, while Brock Covell (172) and Sawyer Wolfkiel (107) won by decision.
GENERAL MCLANE 57, NORTHWESTERN 16
EDINBORO, Pa. – General McLane won eight bouts by fall in a 57-16 win over Northwestern.
Kyle Cousins (152), Chance Kimmy (160), Matt Caro (172), Brady Haskins (189), Magnus Lloyd (215), Ryan Dedrick (285), Ethan Snyder (127), and Hudson Spires (145) all won by pin for GM.
Micah Rodriguez (114) and Kolton Sutter (139) won by pin for Northwestern, while Sebastian Chiesa (133) got a decision.
General McLane’s Clay Kimmy also earned a 10-8 decision over Sierra Chiesa at 121.
GREENVILLE 45, GROVE CITY 28
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Greenville got pins from Braydon Porter (139), Hayden Robertson (152), Luke Gentile (160), Malachi Hyde (215), and Joey Peterson (285) in a 45-28 victory over Grove City.
Greenville also got a decision win from Teague Calvin at 189 and a pair of forfeits.
For Grove City, Connor Naser (127), Will Schell (133), and Cody Hamilton (145) all won by pin, while Hunter Hohman got a major decision at 172.
UNION CITY 42, YOUNGSVILLE 21
YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. – Union City got five pins in a 42-21 win over Youngsville.
Clay Thomas (160), Zac Beckwith (172), Drake Applequiest (189), Nathan Long (215), and Caden Rangel (127) all won by fall for UC, which also had a pair of forfeits win.
Ian Mancuso (139) won by pin for Youngsville, while Logan McDonald (145) got a 9-3 decision.
SAEGERTOWN 60, COCHRANTON 10
COCHRANTON, Pa. – Saegertown earned seven pins in a 60-10 victory over Cochranton.
Logan Corner (285), Emma Spencer (107), Carter Beck (114), Nolan Hughes (139), Garrick Jordan (160), Aaron Shartle (189), and Porter Brooks all won by fall for the Panthers, while Travis Huya (121) and Greg Kiser (145) got decision wins.
Daylend Schlosser won via major decision at 127 for Cochranton.
GLENDALE 33, CURWENSVILLE 31
FLINTON, Pa. – Curwensville got pins from Dylan Deluccia (133) and Logan Augenbaugh (160) but dropped a close 33-31 match to Curwensville.
Nik Fegert won by major decision at 145 for the Golden Tide, while Damian Brady got a 4-2 win over 121.
Glendale got two pins and three forfeits in the win.
FRANKLIN 42, CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 30
FRANKLIN, Pa. – Franklin won seven matches by forfeit in a 42-30 win over Cambridge Springs.
Gunner Gage (152), James Sherman (160), Brody Beck (133), and Preston Gorton (139) all won via pin for Cambridge Springs.