Late pin floors Fallston in loss

Rising Sun gets past Cougars, 28-27, even though Hughes tops Price


January 12, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

RISING SUN - Fallston won the night's best battle when unbeaten 152-pounder Tony Hughes edged Rising Sun's Travis Price in double overtime, but the visiting Cougars lost the war, 28-27, as 125-pound David Hanks pinned Fallston's J.C. Cropf to clinch the match with one bout left.

Hanks was in position to be the hero because instead of wrestling the traditional way - from 103 (lowest) to heavyweight (highest) - the coaches chose the weight classes randomly.

Hanks, who had lost to Cropf two years ago, took just 1:36 to earn his ninth straight pin since losing to Hammond's Jimmy Davis in the finals of the Lackey Invitational. Hanks gave the Tigers (8-1) an insurmountable 28-21 lead over the Cougars (10-2) with one bout left, rendering moot a pin by Fallston's Nathan Bachman (130).

"Coach [Dave Cox] didn't say I had to pin, but I knew I would," said Hanks, who is 15-1. "Maybe I was scared or nervous against Davis, but now I'm on a roll."

So is Hughes (17-0, 11 pins), who bear-hugged Price for an early 2-0 lead, and led 5-4 before allowing Price's buzzer-beating escape to send their bout into overtime. After a scoreless period on their feet, Hughes stood up from the down referee's position, countered Price's headlock by rolling past his own back and came up with a reversal for a 7-5 win. Price is 13-3.

"He was tough riding and on his feet. I held on to what I had, tried to turn him. He held on to what he had. I took what the ref gave me," said Hughes.

"I hung with him until the end. Luckily, I got the choice in the second overtime, and took the bottom. I knew he wasn't going to hold me down."

Joining Hughes (17-0, 11 pins) and Bachman in victory was Chris Baum (103), who nailed Fallston's only other pin; winning decisions for the Cougars were John Yu (119), Matt Ballard (135), Matt Britton (140) and Rick Howley (171).

Rising Sun's Jared Gwaltney (heavyweight) and Josh Winters (145) each pinned for their team, Justin Olin (112) won by major decision, and Erik Williams (171), who survived nearly being pinned by Brian Hirsch in the second period, and Ryan Gwaltney (189), who broke a late-match tie, each won decisions.

"We gave up a couple too many pins, otherwise, it might have been a different story," Hughes said. "We have to come back with our heads on straight."

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