NEW MANCHESTER -The Patriots spoiled Senior Day.
The Wheeling Park wrestling team put forth a strong showing Saturday afternoon en route to a 46-19 victory over Oak Glen at the Oak Glen Fieldhouse.
"I don't think we came out with our best today," Oak Glen head coach Patrick McGillian said. "I think we came out a little lax. They came out with a lot more intensity, and it showed. They have some really-good wrestlers, and they are an excellent team. The match showed that we have to be a lot more physical, especially because we have the OVAC Tournament coming up in two weeks and we wrestle Wednesday at Beaver Local."
Oak Glen’s Patrick Arneault (145) wrestles Wheeling Park’s Jonathan Davis Saturday afternoon at the Oak Glen Fieldhouse. (Photo by Aaron?Petchal)
Only seven weight classes were wrestled. The other seven weight classes ended up in forfeits, including a double forfeit at 170 pounds.
Wheeling Park won five of the seven wrestled matches, and the Patriots were awarded victories in four of the forfeits. Oak Glen won two of the wrestled matches, and the Golden Bears won two of the forfeits.
For Oak Glen, Josh Cornell (120) picked up a major decision victory over Austin Digiandomenico by a score of 10-0, and Will Hogan (152) defeated Alex McGlumphy by decision, 5-4, in double overtime.
Also for the Golden Bears, Kyle Mack (126) and Avery Flowers (132) won by forfeit.
For Wheeling Park, Tyson Lira (106) and Danny Colby (160) each won by major decision. Lira defeated Ryan Debee by a score of 197, and Colby defeated Brodie Bittinger, 13-4.
Also for the Patriots, Dallas Baciak (113) pinned Danny Wyke in 2:44, and Jonathan Davis recorded a tech fall victory over Patrick Arneault by a score of 22-5.
Finally for the victors, Cody Amos (182), Isaiah Myers (195), Geremy Paige (220) and Casey Hewitt (285) all won via forfeit.
"I'm happy with how the season has gone," McGillian said. "We are getting better each week. We are very young. Of our 19 kids, I want to say 14 are underclassmen. We have to keep improving if we want to reach our goals, and I feel like they are."
The match was the final one for Oak Glen's two seniors - Mack and Bittinger.
"I wish Kyle Mack would of had a match today," McGillian said. "I tried to move him, but they didn't have anyone available. They have some injuries.
"Brodie wrestled one of the toughest kids in the OVAC. He gave up some points he shouldn't have, and he didn't have enough time to make them up.
"Luckily, there is a lot more season to go."
Bittinger and Mack are two of the team's three captains.
"They definitely lead by example," McGillian said. "The other wrestlers see them win, and they see how they win. They try to follow their lead."
Oak Glen's next match is Wednesday at local-rival Beaver Local.
"I have followed them through their results, but I have not see them," McGillian said.
The Beaver Dome is always a tough place to wrestle.
"It should be another good match," McGillian said. "It is tough to wrestle over there. It's a smaller gym. It feels licked a packed house no matter how many people are there."
Oak Glen will be hosting a JV Tournament Saturday.
Wheeling Park 46, Oak Glen 19
106: Tyson Lira (WP) m.d. Ryan Debee (OG), 19-7
113: Dallas Baciak (WP) p. Danny Wyke, 2:44
120: Josh Cornell (OG) m.d. Austin Digiandomenico, 10-0
1126: Kyle Mack (OG) forfeit
132: Avery Flowers (OG) forfeit
138: Dylan Taylor (WP) d. Nick Tice, 11-5
145: Jonathan Davis (WP) t.f. Patrick Arneault, 22-5
152: Will Hogan (OG) d. Alex McGlumphy, 5-4 2 OT
160: Danny Colby (WP) m.d. Brodie Bittinger, 13-4
170: Double Forefeit
182: Cody Amos (WP) forfeit
195: Isaiah Myers (WP) forfeit
220: Geremy Paige (WP) forfeit
285: Casey Hewitt (WP) forfeit