By Brennan Stebbins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
CARTHAGE, Mo. – Coaches from Buffalo, Seneca and Carthage were pleased after Thursday’s wrestling triangular.
In a final tune-up before next weekend’s district tournaments, host Carthage and Seneca each picked up hard-fought wins against Buffalo, the only team to wrestle twice.
The outcome of both matches was in doubt until late.
“Yeah I was pleased overall with the results,” Buffalo coach Nathan Kenady said. “We wanted to go out and control the tie ups and try to control the matches from the get go. Against Seneca we didn’t have as much success doing that. We bounced back with Carthage after our lower weights and seemed to do a good job with our heavier weights going out and controlling the tie ups.”
Seneca jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the opener before the Bison pulled within seven points with three bouts remaining.
In a 182-pound match, Buffalo junior Pete Herrera pinned Seneca sophomore Gabe Smith in 3:13 to cut Seneca’s lead to 33-26. It was the fourth-straight win for the Bison.
At 195, Seneca junior Skyleer Commons pinned Buffalo senior Ashton Voguer in 5:33 to extend the lead to 13 and put the match out of reach.
Seneca sophomore Jacob Tate followed with a win by fall in 4:45 over Buffalo sophomore Brock Wendlandt at 220 pounds for good measure.
Bison junior Levi Kennedy finished the dual with a 3-1 overtime win against Seneca junior Grant Durman for the final score of 45-29.
“They’re a very tough team,” Seneca coach Jeff Sill said. “I was pleased with our performance. We matched up real well with them in the upper weights. We had some really good matches with them. They’re a tough team and I’m proud of the way our guys responded.”
“I was proud of the way Skyleer wrestled his match,” Sill said. “That was a good win for him. Tate went out and got after it. He’s just been wrestling tough all year long. I know Grant lost a tough one there in overtime but their kid did a good job.”
The Indians got off to a quick start, winning by fall in the first three bouts and then benefiting from a Buffalo forfeit.
At 106 pounds, freshman Brayden Thiel pinned freshman Cornelius Kidd in 1:03. At 113, senior Levi Connelly needed 1:01 to pin junior Andrew Castaneda. Then at 120 freshman Kendon Pollard pinned freshman Isaac French in 2:36.
Buffalo was open at 126, and at 132 pounds Seneca freshman Gabe Commons pulled off a 3-1 overtime win against senior Justin Bowling.
Seneca was open at 138, giving Buffalo its first points of the night, but Indians senior Dalton Hembree followed with a fall over junior Blake Daher in 5:48 to make it 33-6.
After that, the Bison won four-straight. At 152 pounds, senior Ethan Smith won by technical fall (19-4) over Seneca sophomore Zane Cotten.
Seneca was open at 160, and at 170 Buffalo senior Floyd Miller picked up a 2-1 overtime win against senior Dayton Fields.
Herrera followed with the fall at 182.
Additionally, in a 136-pound match, Seneca’s Kirsten Bruegle pinned Buffalo’s Savannah Rice in 3:22.
Carthage 42, Buffalo 30
Just like Seneca before it, Carthage jumped out to a big lead – this time 26 points – before Buffalo made things interesting late.
After chipping away at the Tiger lead, Buffalo’s Vogler capped a marathon match with a win by fall in 8:22 at 195 pounds to give the Bison a 30-26 lead with three bouts remaining.
Carthage finished with two falls and a major decision, however, to pull out the win.
At 220 pounds Carthage junior Kale Schrader won by fall in 54 seconds against Wendlandt. Brener Ocana, a junior, won 10-2 at 285 pounds over Kenady, and freshman Braxton Tate ended the night with a fall in 1:25 over Kidd in the 106-pound match.
“Buffalo, once you hit about 145 on up to heavyweight they are tough,” Carthage coach Kenny Brown said. “Going into the dual I knew it was going to be difficult.”
Carthage sophomore Carlos Reyes pinned Castaneda in 1:28 to open the match at 113 pounds. Junior Tanner Russow then pinned French in 1:17 at 120 pounds, and Buffalo was open at 126.
Carthage senior Dalen Moore won 23-4 at 132 pounds against Bowling, and junior A/nderson Ixcol followed with a 6-4 decision over freshman John Jenkins at 138 to make it a 26-0 lead.
But Buffalo then won six-straight, starting at 145 pounds where Daher beat Carthage sophomore Creed Lambeth by fall in 1:13.
At 152 Smith knocked off Carthage junior Kelten Campbell 8-6 in overtime. Senior Keaton Rackley pinned Carthage sophomore A/ndrew Holden in 3:25 at 160 pounds. At 170 Miller won 5-0 over Carthage junior Brandon Crow.
At 182 Herrerra pinned junior Caleb Triplett in 4:49 to cut the Carthage lead to two, and at 195 Vogler gave the Bison the lead.
Kenady said he “definitely” wanted to note Vogler’s night, among others.
“He not only won his final ride out in overtime, he pinned the wrestler and gave our team a bunch of hope at the end against Carthage and really lit it up,” he said. “Ethan Smith wrestled injured. Floyd Miller beat a state finalist. We had a lot of individual wrestlers who did well.”
“The boys all wrestled tough,” Brown said. “We wrestled smart for the most part. At 160 we had a first-time varsity wrestler in there and he wrestled well, made one mistake and got caught but I was pleased with what I saw out of him. Once again pleased with Colton Winder and his heart. The last two home duals we’ve had he’s gone to the ride out and overtime and unfortunately we’ve come up short both times but I love to see the fight those kids have. I really enjoyed watching Brener Ocana with his takedowns. He was really on tonight.”