Original Lone Star Duals

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Saturday December 9, 2006

By Peter Dewey

Even before we discusss wrestling, let me say how nice it was to show up at a tournament and find it was running ahead of schedule. As always tournament director Mike Grisz, Coach Ortega and the whole St. Mark’s community ran a flawless event. I look forward to returning next week for the St. Marks’ Invitational (an individual tourney).

The big dogs heading into this tournament figured to be Bowie and St. Mark’s. They proved why in a hurry. Bowie plowed through Jesuit 69-13, FWCD 90-0 and FM Marcus 68-9. And St. Mark’s dismantled Grand Prairie 74-6, Richardson 76-6 and Creekview 72-7 to face #1 seed Bowie in the finals.

The Finals

145 The dual started at 145 and right away we have a marque match-up between SM super sophmore David Henry and Brad Atkinson from Bowie. The first scramble goes to Henry as he finds a way to hit his fireman’s and get back points. The first period ends 4-1. In the second period good action with Atkinson scoring a reverse, then being reversed back. Atkinson escapes and the period ends 6-4. Henry gets an escape to open the third and leads 7-4. Bowie coaches are yelling Henry only has the one move… maybe … but he hits another fireman’s then cuts Atkinson with 45 seconds remaining. Henry gets a final takedown to make the score 11-5. SM 3 Bowie 0

152 Adam Roberts (B) dominated Conner Youngblood (SM) and earned a 13-1 major decision. Bowie 4 SM 3

160 Second marque match-up. State Champ Brent Rogers (B) bumps up to take on Scott Hage (SM) who seemingly came out of nowhere to beat #1 Johnny Luttrell last week en route to winning the 160 lb class at the Richardson Roundup. Unfortunately for Hage, Rogers is a takedown assassin and his weapon of choice is the low single. Off the whistle Rogers hits the low single for two points. Then a cut and another takedown. Then a second cut and another beautiful low single and its 6-2 after the first period. Rogers escapes to start the second, but Hage now starts taking some shots of his own. While he is not able to finish, he limits Rogers to a single takedown and is wrestling much better. More good wrestling from Hage in the third and a somewhat frustrated Rogers crosses from aggressive to unsportsmanlike and losses a point. The final is an 11-5 decision for Rogers.

A couple take-aways. Scott Hage is very good and made Rogers work after he completely dominated the early part of the match. Rogers is an elite wrestler. He is great to watch because of his skills and aggressiveness. But there is a line that can’t be crossed. Brent is plenty good enough to overcome an unsportsmanlike call if he chooses. But lots of Bowie wrestlers are taking their cues from their captain and they won’t be able to afford to cross the line.

171 SM forfeits. Dual score: Bowie 13 SM 3

180 Chris Brooks (B) bumps up to 180 to wrestle Jorge Estrada (SM). Very little action in this match. With only 10 seconds left, Brooks is up 3-0 and decides to cut Estrada. Strange decison to but it mildly since an Estrada takedown would tie the match. But it works out okay for Brooks who gets a takedown and near fall to win 7-1.

189 Bowie wants no part of Ben Grisz and forfeits. Dual score: Bowie 16 SM 9

215 Marcus McGraw (B) bumps up to wrestle Ike Crews (SM) who had previously beaten Jordan Spruiel (B). McGraw builds a 5-1 lead and a last ditch desperation throw by Crews lands him on his back where he gets stuck. Bowie 22 SM 9

275 Will Plunkett (SM) executes a nice hip throw - head lock on Robert Umeh at the beginning of the match and picks up a quick pin. Bowie 22 SM 15

103 Eric Frick (SM) gets a takedown in the first period on Ryon Hill (B) and makes it stand up for a 2-0 lead. A reversal to each wrestler in the second and a final reversal for Frick in the third and SM takes a 6-2 decision. Bowie 22 SM 18

112 Vincent Tenorio (SM) owns Kris Demont (B) in the first period and builds an 8-2 lead. Demont wrestles much better in the final two stanzas but the lead was too great. Tenorio rolls to a major decision 14-4. Match all square 22-22.

119 Eric Martinez (B) and AJ Turek (SM) were evenly matched and wrestled hard throughout. It was a one point match in the third period when Turek cut Martinez to try to tie the score with a takedown but it was Martinez who got the takedown and the win 9-5. Bowie 25 SM 22

125 Shawn Klemm (B) made quick work of Avi Chavda (SM) getting the first period fall with a figure four on the head. Bowie 31 SM 22

130 Ty Nguyen (SM) earned a hard fought 5-2 decision over Mychal Milburn (B). Bowie 31 SM 25

135 Mark Goolsbay (B) went out and sealed the deal for Bowie with a methodical 8-3 decision over Danny Reddin (SM). Bowie 34 SM 25

140 In the last match Bill Sessions (SM) decisioned Armon Asgari (B) 6-4.

Final score: Bowie 34 St. Mark’s 28

Teams Moving Up and Moving Down

Two teams to keep an eye on after extremely impressive showings: FM Marcus and Keller Central. They met for 3rd place and Central built a huge lead through the heavyweights but Marcus came roaring back through the lightweights to win 41-36. Both have line-ups filled almost entirely with unranked kids (Marcus does have Tyler Lee) but they are tough and know how to wrestle. Reminds me of the Flower Mound team of a couple years back. Keller Central pounded on Keller 50-33 and Colleyville Heritage 59-12 and then avenged a two point first round loss to Creekview 51-30. Marcus had a good 49-36 win over TCA who finished 5th.

Very disappointing tournament for Keller. Colleyville Heritage also fared poorly but were without the Sandoval brothers and not fielding a full lineup.

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