Wright crushes Glenelg, 61-12 Absence of top 3 dooms Gladiators Wrestling

December 17, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The Glenelg Gladiators appear to be in for a long winter.

Entering last night's match against visiting C. Milton Wright, Glenelg already had dropped two lopsided decisions. What's more, the Gladiators temporarily lost their three top wrestlers earlier this week because of a variety of problems.

Steve Cho, last year's county champion at 112 pounds, injured his lower back in practice Monday. Jamie Arnsmeyer (119), 16-3 last year, was scratched because of a nagging knee injury. And 160-pounder Shawn Choconas, off to a 2-0 start this year, was held out for disciplinary reasons.

Those conditions made things especially easy for the Mustangs. Facing a Glenelg team that featured seven sophomores and only one returning wrestler, Wright won 11 matches by collecting seven pins -- including four in the first period -- to crush the Gladiators, 61-12.

Only a first-period pin by sophomore heavyweight Phil Stanton over C. M. Wright's Jeff Christie kept the Gladiators (0-3) from being shut out in actual matches. Glenelg's only other points came in the 112-pound class, where Jeff Feaga won by forfeit.

"It's tough. We're in the fire now, these young guys especially," said Jeff Kent, Glenelg's second-year coach. "I'm not going to give them a great story like, 'All right, let's go, we're going to win.' I have to be realistic. I have to keep things in perspective. I think it's going to work out for them."

It worked out nicely for the Mustangs (3-0), who took another step forward in their turnaround under sixth-year coach Carl Holston. When Holston took over, the Mustangs were a struggling program that often lost by margins like last night's. Last year, they went 9-6 and pushed perennial champion Aberdeen.

"Every year, we've gotten a little bit better," Holston said. "We're attracting some athletes now, because we're doing better."

After taking a 12-6 lead, thanks to forfeits by Glenelg in the 103- and 119-pound classes, the Mustangs went to work. Vince Tucciarella (125) needed just 65 seconds to pin sophomore Stew Miller. Aric Schwab (130) took a quick 8-1 lead on senior Andy Marshall before pinning him midway through the second period to extend Wright's lead to 24-6.

The Mustangs later blew Glenelg away by running off five consecutive pins.

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