CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Beating a rival is always a good thing. Beating a rival at home is better. But beating a rival at home to pass them in the standings is even better. The Cambridge Springs Blue Devils wrestling team got to enjoy this fact on Wednesday night with a dual match win over Cochranton.
On Wednesday night at the Devils’ Den, Cambridge Springs left the mat with a 46-28 Region 3 win over Cochranton.
“Overall it’s a nice region win. A confidence booster going into this weekend,” said Cambridge head coach Dalton Lester. “And a confidence booster looking forward to next week against Union City. I mean we still have a spot open between us and Union City for the team duals. So yeah, looking forward to it.”
Cambridge moves up to fourth in Region 3 with a 3-3 region record and improves to 5-6 overall. Cochranton drops to 2-4 in region and 3-4 overall.
“I think we wrestled well tonight. It would have been nice to get a win, but like I said we had more personal victories than we had personal defeats, so I was pretty pleased,” said Cochranton head coach John Svirbly.
Svirbly’s Cardinals fought to the bitter end, but they just didn’t get off to a very good start. Beginning at 195, Cambridge rattled off two pins Jacob Jones got John Benninger to the mat in 11 seconds.
Then at 220, Jordan Miller worked a pin in the second period after a dominating 10-1 showing in the first two minutes.
Xavier Castillo got a forfeit win to put the Spa up 18-0 and after a double forfeit at 106, Logan Gerow knocked Qwintin Erdley to the mat in 3:14 at 113 to make it 24-0 with Cambridge getting all the points possible out of those matches.
“It’s good. Obviously it’s always helpful getting bonus points,” said Lester.
This gave the Spa a nice cushion to work with when Cochranton made its push. Jack Martinec got the Cards on the board at 120. He quickly got Kyle Huya to the mat with a takedown and flipped him for a pin with just one second remaining in the first period.
Shane Peterson (126) and Jacob Cape (132) both added first period pins to cut the lead to 24-18.
“Jacob Cape at 132 came out there and surprised a lot of people. He wrestled through a position that he normally doesn’t and got himself a pin,” said Svirbly. “It was awesome.”
Ayden Miller racked up the points at 138 to get the Blue Devils back on track. He powered through Willis Morrell for a 14-5 major decision giving the Spa a 28-18 lead.
The Cardinals bounced right back however. Justin Boozer pinned Kyle Banik in 48 seconds to make it 28-24.
The seesaw battle finally turned over to the Blue Devils with two pins at 152 and 160.
Chase Beck brought down Christopher Maynard quickly and eventually flipped him for a 45 second pin.
Then, after a dominating first period, Colton Smith started the second down, but with a 10-1 advantage. He reversed Kyle McDivitt and turned him for a pin to seal the Blue Devils win.
“Overall, I think our kids did good and we controlled the pace in most of the matches,” said Lester.
At 170, Cochranton’s Louden Gledhill earned a major decision over Eli Mosconi 11-3 and nearly pinned the Blue Devil twice.
The match closed with a thrilling finish at 182. Cambridge’s Jackson Carico and Kaden Tatters battled to a 7-7 tie through two periods. In the third, Tatters chose to start down hoping to get the escape point early, but Carico never let him free. He fought and eventually turned over Tatters for a pin after 5:14.
Both teams return to action at the Mercer VFW Tournament this Friday and Saturday.