Wrestling

Although the ultimate result is decided on the mat, the behind-the-scenes play will help dictate what team wins a wrestling match. Such was the case Tuesday evening as host Prairie Central stuck Pontiac 48-30 in a Corn Belt Conference dual.
    “I knew coming in that (PTHS head coach Corey Christenson) was going to shake some things up, and he most certainly did,” said PC head coach Mark Payne. “He moved some kids around, which were good moves. We did the same, as well. We had some pretty key wins that separated us.”
    A move that Payne made that he felt paid off handsomely was having Garrett Johnson and Seth Travis wrestle two weights heavier than normal. Both came up big in creating the final margin.
    The match started at 152 pounds with a bit of confusion before Simon Schuler, one of three Hawks recognized before the match on Senior Night at PC, accepted a forfeit at 152 pounds.
    The other two Hawks recognized were Dylan Varney and Dakota Shawback.
    Drew Hoselton then basically toyed with Pontiac’s Billy Burns before securing a pin in the only bout that went into the third period. Hoselton had Burns on his back for most of the first period, racking up 11 points that included four near-falls.
    The brilliance of Hoselton came in the third period. An aggressive Burns got a takedown but Hoselton rolled him and got a pin seconds later.
    Prairie Central led 12-0 before giving up three forfeits to Kevin Gschwendtner (170), Jordan Wallace (182) and Jake Lanning (195).
    Cade Kerns pinned Liam Melvin in 59 seconds for the Hawks at 220 pounds, and Alex Steidinger stuck Devin Cross in 50 seconds at heavyweight to give PC a 24-18 lead.
    Jonathan Romero evened the score for the Indians with a pin of Harrison Ifft in 1:33 at 106 pounds. Christian Fever put PC back on top by pinning Braden Hodgson 1:20 into the second period at 113 pounds.
    The Hawks led 36-24 after a forfeit to Corbin Moser at 120, and it stayed after each side forfeited at 126.
    Pontiac cut the margin to 36-30 as Payton Pulliam overpowered Will Tatro for a pin in 48 seconds at 132. This left the match to be decided by the final two bouts, which meant Johnson and Travis had the chance to close the deal for the Hawks.
    Johnson had to work 27 seconds into the second period to stick Max Schertz of Pontiac at 138 pounds. This secured the match for the Hawks, who led 42-30.
    Travis then took down Lucas Giovengo in 98 seconds to end the match.
    “I was particularly happy with Garrett Johnson and Seth Travis,” Payne said. “I bumped those kids a couple of weight classes and they both pinned their opponents and that was a huge boost for us.”
    As for the Indians, it was a matter of being outplayed.
    “We were trying to play some games there and they were able to trump us,” Christenson said. “I don’t have a lot of things I can do and he had more bullets in the chamber. He was able to outwiggle me.
    “They took my horses out of the lineup. By doing so, that gives them the edge. We have a lot of young guys. We’ll keep pushing on and see if we can get healed up. We’re achieving to get better every match.”