R. Hill triumphs at last moment

Cannon registers pin in final match as Hawks stop Mt. Hebron, 32-25

Wrestling

High Schools

January 31, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

For the second time in as many matches, River Hill wrestler Scott Cannon found himself in a position often unfamiliar to a heavyweight. Cannon could either win and play the hero, or lose and be the goat.

Easy choice. He was the hero.

"I just know if it comes down to me, I'm not going to lose," Cannon said, moments after pinning Mount Hebron's Colin O'Brien in 21 seconds to give visiting River Hill a 32-25 win yesterday. "I don't care who it is anymore. I know I'm going to just go out there, give my all, and come out on top."

Cannon's pin two weeks ago gave River Hill a come-from-behind, 28-27 victory over Hammond, and few, if any, expected the Hawks (7-0, 13-1) to need similar heroics against Mount Hebron (6-2, 12-1).

But it took all of two matches for the No. 4 Hawks to find out they'd have their hands full. River Hill's Vince Cina started out by earning a major decision over Austin Laws at 103, but everything changed at 112, as Mount Hebron's Grant Gormley scored a late takedown to upset Danny Allen, 7-5.

"Grant's wrestled [Allen] about three times and it's gotten closer each time," said Mount Hebron coach Michael Duffy. "Grant's improved and he took it to him by coming to wrestle today. It was a great match."

From there, momentum swung in the Vikings' direction. Zach Wendell (119) and Andrew Benecewicz (125) each won by pin, and Zach Porta (130) just missed upsetting the Hawks' Ryan Green, falling in overtime, 11-9.

But the momentum then swung the other way. Wins by Mike Dauberman (135), Matt Shevland (140) and Nick Shevland (145) closed Mount Hebron's 15-4 lead.

"We figured they could win five matches and we'd still pull it out," said River Hill coach Earl Lauer.

Mount Hebron's Mike Mengal won by forfeit at 152 and Scott Bissett earned a major decision at 160, but Mike Lignelli (171) and Jesse Fawcett (189) won key decisions, setting up Cannon's match.

"We overlooked them," Cannon said. "They were definitely pumped up today and we never thought it would be that close. But we got a win."

Said Duffy: "They came and wrestled when they needed to today. We went out and put everything we had on the mat and just came up a little short."

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