(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs wrestling team did something on Wednesday evening that head coach Seth Harrell said hasn't been done in quite some time -- defeat both Carbondale, Ill. and Cape Central, and they did it on the same night. The dual meet was an all-out battle for the Bulldogs but in the end they defeated the Carbondale Terriers 42-27 and the Cape Central Tigers 39-36.
The first match of the evening set the tone well for Sikeston as Cody Middleton took his Carbondale opponent into overtime where he finished off Ian Willis in the 103 weight class. The 3-0 victory by Middleton jump-started the Bulldog crowd.
Blake Angle was next on the mat for Sikeston and it didn't take long for Angle to tack six points on the board with a first period pin against Cody Stuart. The streak continued for the Bulldogs as Jacob Stinnett pinned John Donahuge in the first period as well.
The 15-0 lead was solid for the duration of the first leg of the meet as Sikeston eventually won by that exact margin.
As for the crowd involvement, it played a factor against Cape Central as well.
Middleton and Stinnett both picked up pin victories in the 103 and 119 weight classes and Angle added a victory via forfeit at the 112 class.
The 18-0 lead quickly fell to 18-12 as two consecutive pin victories by the Tigers pulled the visitors within reach.
Dustin Wells then took to the mat, pinning Husam Wadi in the 135 weight class in the second period. Dustin Ruby added yet another pin victory immediately following in the 140 weight class against Brian Coleman in the third period.
Cape Central's Jawaun Howard picked up six points to pull the Tigers within 12 points, 30-18, before Sikeston's Tyrone Webb recorded a hard-fought three points as he defeated Clinton Sargent in the third period, raising the fans to their feet.
With the score set at 33-18, four matches remained on the evening. The first two went in favor of Cape Central, in the 160 and 189 weight classes. The 171 weight class was a double forfeiture, leaving the score at 33-30 heading into Clayton Driskill and Tevin Roper's 215 weight class match.
Harrell pulled Driskill aside before the Bulldog wrestler took to the mat, telling him to pin his opponent early and pick up the six points.
Driskill did just that. As the first period was winding down, Driskill pinned Roper, erupting the Bulldog crowd as well as his teammates.
"I think it's kind of like any other sport, you want to wrestle at your home place," said Harrell. "We have a great crowd and our fans are awesome. We got a little enthusiasm with our first match tonight with Cody Middleton and I think that kind of snowballed through every match.
"When it came to that match (Driskill's match), I'm looking at the scoreboard and counting points and seeing where we're at and knowing that if he can get after that kid then we can have a shot at winning this dual."
The nine point margin was plenty enough to cling to as Sikeston's Josh Carlyle couldn't outlast Trey Grovernor of the Tigers. Grovernor pinned Carlyle in the 285 weight class with just over a minute to go in the match.
Despite Cape Central's final six points, the Bulldogs were ahead by enough heading into the match and took the overall victory 39-36.
"I told the kids earlier on, the last couple of years they've been able to get after our butts," said Harrell about Carbondale and Cape Central. "I just said, 'hey, we've just got to wrestle the best that we can, the hardest that we can.' We constantly preach, 'let's just get it to the third period.' We look to win it in the third period.
"I think a majority of the matches went into the third period. The majority of them, if not all of them were all close matches that came when time ran out. We wrestled as hard and as tough as we have definitely all year, and probably harder than we have in a while."
Harrell commented again on the crowd support, adding that the fans helped win Sikeston the dual meet.
Sikeston is now 8-1 on the season counting their Saturday dual meets. The Bulldogs will be back on the mat on Dec. 16 at New Madrid County Central against the Eagles and the Notre Dame Bulldogs.
Sikeston (42) def. Carbondale, Ill. (27)
103 -- Cody Middleton (S) def. Ian Willis (C) via pin
112 -- Blake Angle (S) def. Cody Stuart (C) via pin
119 -- Jacob Stinnett (S) def. John Donahuge (C) via pin
125 -- Porrtire Thomas (C) def. Terrence Dorsey (S) via pin
130 -- Zare Richards (C) def. Austin Curtis (S) via pin
135 -- Alli Ragan (C) def. Dustin Wells (S)
140 -- Dustin Ruby (S) def. David Lee (C)
145 -- Kenton Robinson (S) def. Tom Leonard (C) via pin
152 -- Tyrone Webb (S) def. Zach Johnson (C) via pin
160 -- Nick Stearn (C) def. Greg Hale (S)
171 -- Tommy Hamilton (C) wins by forfeit (S)
189 -- Austin Henson (S) wins by forfeit (C)
215 -- Owen Aban (C) def. Clayton Driskill (S)
285 -- Josh Carlyle (S) wins by forfeit (C)
Sikeston (39) def Cape Central (36)
103 -- Cody Middleton (S) def. Blake Emmons (C) via pin
112 -- Blake Angle (S) wins by forfeit (C)
119 -- Jacob Stinnett (S) def. Austin Purcell (C) via pin
125 -- Caleb Yeargain (C) def. Terrance Dorsey (S) via pin
130 -- Desmond Howard (C) def. Austin Curtis (S) via pin
135 -- Dustin Wells (S) def. Husam Wadi (C) via pin
140 -- Dustin Ruby (S) def. Brian Coleman (C) via pin
145 -- Jawaun Howard (C) def. Kenton Robinson (S) via pin
152 -- Tyrone Webb (S) def. Clinton Sargent (C) via pin
160 -- Raymond Woldtveldt (C) def. Greg Hale (S) via pin
171 -- double forfeit
189 -- Kevin Flesher (C) def. Austin Henson (S) via pin
215 -- Clayton Driskill (S) def. Tevin Roper (C) via pin
285 -- Trey Grovernor (C) def. Josh Carlyle (S) via pin