Fast start lifts Mount St. Joe

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 49 No. 7 Hereford 18

Varsity wrestling

December 22, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

After winning two matches Thursday, the No. 2 Mount St. Joseph wrestling team had a tough assignment when it traveled to No. 7 Hereford last night.

With tight wins early and some dominating efforts later, the Gaels came away with a 49-18 win over the Bulls.

Junior Grason Pasitirik got things started with a 13-7 decision over Max Rosen at 119 pounds and Gino Pollack earned a 5-3 decision over Sean Gunn at 125, helping the visitors take a 6-0 lead.

It was extended to 22-0 when Benny Shaufle (130) and Danny Orem (135) had technical falls, and Kevin Bohlman (140) had the first of four pins for the Gaels. Edwin Jackson (160), Alex Rice (103) and Frank Goodwin (112) also scored pins.

"The guys have been working hard," said Mount St. Joseph coach Kirk Salvo, whose Gaels improved to 8-4. "I'm real pleased with the effort. I just liked the general aggression we showed. I thought we were taking it to them for the most part. We won some close matches in there and that was important. A couple of matches early go the other way and we could have been biting our nails a little later."

The Bulls, who had injuries that sidelined four starters, got pins from three-time state champion Josh Asper at 171 pounds and Taylor Gload (215).

"I thought our kids wrestled tough. I think the guys we had out there tonight did as well as they could for the most part and that's all you can ask," Hereford coach Ron Causey said. "Mount St. Joseph is a tough, tough team ... and we're just glad they came up here and we had a chance to wrestle them. It makes us better."

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