SODDY-DAISY — Cleveland will have to wait a bit for its 14th wrestling win of the season.
The No. 2-ranked Blue Raiders held a nine point advantage over Soddy-Daisy Thursday night but could do nothing to stop the No. 3 Trojans from reeling off eight consecutive wins and walking off the mat with a 35-16 victory.
“It’s tough, it’s tough to take,” said a disappointed Cleveland coach Jake Yost. “We got beat up a little bit. I thought we fought hard, for the most part. There were just some situations where we didn’t capitalize and they capitalized in every situation. Our guys fought, they just got outfought a little bit. I don’t think we went out there and laid down.
“We let them wrestle in the positions they are good at instead of us wrestling in the positions we are good at. That is why they came out on top in the close situations. They were where they wanted to be, and we were fighting from positions we teach not to be in, which is something we will assess and look back at.”
Oleg Stukanov got the Raiders off to a good start with a technical fall win at 195 pounds. At 220, with the match tied at 3-3 in the third period, Cleveland’s John Gaither lost a heartbreaker to Soddy’s Austin Goins on a takedown at the buzzer.
Koran Kennedy put Cleveland on top 11-3 with a pin at 285. After a major decision by the Trojans at 106, Chris DeBien picked up a tech fall win at 133, winning the last points of the match for the Blue Raiders.
At 120 pounds, Austin Stevison fought to the bitter end with The Trojans’ Jacob Stevens before falling in an 8-4 decision.
From there, Soddy took control and a 20-16 lead after a win at 132, and never looked back.
“At 120, we were in on a shot to win the match. It was a close call there at the end. A couple more seconds and maybe we get that two (points). I thought he (Stevison) did an outstanding job against a tough kid. I couldn’t be more proud of our 120-pounder,” said Yost looking back on what might have been.
“They rallied for win, after win, after win. I was not expecting that. I was not expecting to lose eight matches in a row.”
At 160, Cleveland’s Aaron Lopez battled Turbo Smith to a 1-1 tie in regulation. After a scoreless one-minute overtime period, an escape gave Lopez a 2-1 lead with time ticking off the 30-second clock in the second overtime. Smith rallied back to get take the win, 3-2 with a takedown at the buzzer.
“I think the best way to put it is our guys wanted it, but Soddy just got the best of them when they needed to. We got caught in a few situations we don’t need to be in and made some tactical errors,” stated Yost.
We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got until February and that is when it counts. This means something, but this is just preparation. This shows us where we need to work and what we need to do to get where we need to be.”
SODDY-DAISY 35, CLEVELAND 16
(Match started at 195 Pounds)
106 — Jacob McClure (SD) major dec. Tristian Blansit, 13-0; 113 — Chris DeBien (C) won by technical fall over Austin Houser, 5:58; 120 — Jacob Stevens (SD) dec. Austin Stevison, 8-4; 126 — Tucker Russo (SD) major dec. Victor Barbosa, 14-5; 132 — Alex Oliver (SD) pinned Taylor Bishop, 5:26; 138 — Austin Williamson (SD) dec. Ezra Taylor, 8-6 OT; 145 — Gage Richmond (SD) dec. Aaron Oliver, 8-2; 152 — Brandon Hunt (SD) dec. Josh Hamilton, 5-1; 160 — Turbo Smith (SD) dec. Aaron Lopez, 3-2, 2OT; 170 — Garrett Alexander (SD) dec. Sean Von Potts, 7-2; 182 — Double forfeit; 195 — Oleg Stukanov (C) won by technical fall over Austin Goins, 4:56; 220 — Luke Reno (SD) dec. John Gaither, 5-3; 285 — Koran Kennedy (C) pinned Cody Grant, 1:48.