Potters escape Golden Bears

East Liverpool’s Justin Buchheit tries to get out of trouble as Oak Glen’s Logan Konchar provides pressure in a 120-pound match on Wednesday at Oak Glen High School.

East Liverpool’s Justin Buchheit tries to get out of trouble as Oak Glen’s Logan Konchar provides pressure in a 120-pound match on Wednesday at Oak Glen High School.

NEW CUMBERLAND, W. Va.– The East Liverpool wrestling team defeated Oak Glen 37-32 in a dual meet on Wednesday at Oak Glen High School.

“It was a group effort tonight,” East Liverpool coach Scott Hiemstra said. “From the seniors down they did the best that they could to make sure that we won this dual.”

“Most of these kids have been wrestling for awhile and they just know they have to get better each week.”

Hiemstra was impressed by Nathan Miscuk’s pin over Kyle O’Connor in a 182-pound bout.

“This is a kid that is a senior and picked up a big pin for the team,” Hiemstra said.

Hiemstra was also impressed by Michael Buchheit’s performance in defeat against Logan Konchar in a 120-pound match.

“Buchhiet came up to me wanting to go up (weight class) this week,” Hiemstra said. “He said he thought he could help the team and he did by not taking the pin.”

Buchheit normally wrestles in the 113 weight class.

Oak Glen fought back in the match after being down early.

“It was an up and down performance,” Oak Glen coach Pat McGillian said. “We came out of the gate slow and went down 19-0. It just wasn’t our night.

“We wrestled real sloppy and a lot of things we work on in practice didn’t translate to the mat tonight.”

East Liverpool wrestles next at the Wheeling Park Duals on Dec. 28.

Oak Glen wrestles at the Hoppel Invitational on Saturday at Beaver Local.

East Liverpool 37, Oak Glen 32

160: Michael Loy (EL) dec. Dylan Heinrich, 15-3

170: Matthew Ketchum (EL) pin Wyatt Strum, 3:08

182: Nathan Miscuk (EL) pin Kyle O’Connor, 4:46

195: Anthony Mecum (EL) dec. Kyler Flannigan, 7-4

220: Skylar Wooley (EL) pin Collin Williams, :52

285: William Minnis (OG) pin Ryan Fox, 1:19

106: Howard Williams (EL) pin Camden Barr, 2:43

113: Shawn Moore (OG) win by forfeit

120: Logan Konchar (OG) dec. Justin Buchheit, 9-3

126: Johnathan Potts (EL) dec. Gavin Ray, 9-6

132: Kaden Lundy (OG) pin Dawson Wiley, 2:31

138: Peyton Hall (OG) win by forfeit

145: Logan Bennett (EL) dec. Trey Wright, 4-2

152: Johnathan Creese (OG) dec. Devon Keys, 16-1

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