COCHRANTON — With Lakeview forced to forfeit at five weights, Cochranton knew it would be staked to a heavy advantage going into Friday’s non-region wrestling showdown at Cochranton High School.
That doesn’t mean the hosts were more hospitable in the matches they did wrestle.
In fact, The Cardinals’ big four won all four of their matches, picking up bonus points in each, to collect a 45-30 win over the Sailors. The win evens Cochranton’s record back out at 3-3 for the season. Lakeview, now 0-6, is left still looking for its first win.
“They’ve all been wrestling well,” said Cochranton head coach John Svirbly. “It’s good to have a win.”
The match was won thanks to Cochranton’s strength from 120 pounds to 160 pounds.
Those seven weight classes went 5-2 and accounted for 27 of the Cardinals’ 45 points. The other 18 points were forfeits at 113, 182 and 195 pounds.
Jack Martinec got the momentum going with a fall at 120 pounds. With the match tied 6-6, the sophomore jumped on Lakeview’s Robbie Reiser from the opening whistle and scored the first takedown moments into the match. He added a pair of nearfall points before turning Reiser a second time and capturing a pin in 1:25.
Cochranton had to forfeit at 126 pounds to tie the match at 12-12 before Stephen Martinec went to work. The 132-pounder dominated the match from the top position. He scored a takedown early in the first and was able to tilt Lakeview’s Nathan Martin for three nearfall as well. Martinec chose to start from the top position in period two and titled the Sailor again to take an 8-0 lead. Starting on the bottom in the third, Martinec escaped and scored a takedown to cap an 11-0 major decision win.
Lakeview took the lead when Ryan O’Polka notched a pin over Cochranton’s Willis Morrell in 3:37 at 138 pounds. Morrell got the first takedown, but it proved to be just a minor stumble for O’Polka, one of the top 138-pounder in the district. O’Polka escaped and got a takedown of his own to take a 3-1 lead. The junior then started the second period from the down position, reversed Morrell and pinned him at the 3:37 mark. That gave Lakeview an 18-16 lead.
“We would have liked to see Willis win there,” said Svirbly. “He went out and wrestled hard, was wrestling smart. Then just got caught with his head down.”
It would be the last lead for the guests.
Justin Boozer and Stetson Boozer put on impressive displays to lift Cochranton to a 27-18 lead. Justin Boozer went out and pinned Bobby Beach in just 33 seconds. Stetson Boozer then worked over Trevn Shaffer from start to finish to record an 18-1 technical fall in 6:00. Add in a forfeit win for Louden Gledhill at 160 pounds and the home squad was up 33-18.
“We are strong there in the middle,” said Svirbly. “And we want to stay strong there in the middle. Justin has been around and knows what he needs to do. And Stetson and the Martinecs are sophomores that are starting to figure it out.”
Lakeview still had some fight in it.
The Sailors won the last two contested matches by fall. John Martin didn’t take long to win at 170 pounds, pinning his opponent in 1:07. After two more forfeit wins for the Cardinals, Isaac DeVault closed the scoring with a fall in 3:02 at 220 pounds.
“We’ve got a young team,” said Lakeview head coach Tom Tingley. “We have some kids making a step forward, so that is what we are working on. We know going in that the team scores are probably not going to be in our favor. So we are trying to concentrate on the individual performances.”