Friday, January 24, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
“It was a great atmosphere
tonight with fans on both sides standing and cheering … There are very few
rivalries in the country like this one.”
-- Ben Nelson, Baylor
School wrestling coach
With fans standing and
cheering on both sides of the gym, it came down to a pair of state champions –
Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie) and Ryan Parker (Baylor) – set to determine the
outcome of the 89th McCallie-Baylor wrestling rivalry.
Thirteen matches in the
books and underdog McCallie, having won seven of them, led by one at 30-29.
With the score 2-2 in the
third period, Red Raider sophomore Ryan Parker gained a penalty point on
Hoodenpyle who was called for fleeing the mat and Baylor had the decision and a
win; the 10th straight in the series. McCallie has not won, since beating
Baylor for the state duals title in 2006.
It was the second of two
marquee matches pitting state champions against each other. Five matches
earlier, Baylor’s Tate Robinson scored a controversial takedown on the edge of
the mat in overtime to defeat Adam Connell, 6-4, at 138.
“What more could you
want out of this match than state champs facing each other at 138 and 182,”
said McCallie coach Mike Newman.
“If this (losing by one
point for the second straight year) doesn’t motivate us to be that close to winning
and not get it, I don’t know what will.”
McCallie took the lead
from Baylor in the state duals third place match last year on an Alex Elsea pin
in the final match, but the official penalized Elsea on another controversial call
for accessive celebration, thus giving
the match to Baylor.
McCallie Fast Start: The host Blue Tornado started fast, posting regular decisions by
Trell Phillips (195) and Jay Roberts (220) for a 6-0 lead before Baylor gained
a decision from Will Thomas (285) and a technical fall by Jack Reynolds (106)
for its first lead of the night at 8-6.
That would be the last
time Baylor would lead until the end.
The Blue Tornado gained
18 points in the next four matches from a quartet of underclassmen with a fall (Addison Cornell, 113), tech
fall (Ethan Dendy, 120), a major
decision (James Westbrooks, 126) and a regular decision (Brock Herring, 132) to
lead, 24-8, with six matches remaining.
Baylor then looked to its strength to get back in the match and gained 21
points on a decision (Robinson, 138), and a trio of pins by Blake Southerland
(152), Bryson Popp (160) and Cayman Seagraves (170), sandwiched around a
McCallie pin at 145 (Griffin Davis) to make it 30-29 with the Parker-Hoodenpyle
match left on the books.
“We didn’t wrestle well
and are fortunate to get out of here with a win,” said Baylor head coach Ben
Nelson who team now leads 49-40 overall and winner of 10 straight. “We were lucky to get a win and have lots of
work to do before the state duals (next weekend in Franklin).”
Coach Newman is disappointed
in the outcome, but not the effort by his wrestlers.
“I feel good about the effort
as we battled hard. We made some technical mistakes which can be corrected.
“This match was
important, but now that it’s behind us, the next important one is the first
match in the state duals (Jan.31-Feb. in Franklin).”
138 – Tate Robinson (Baylor) scored takedowns in the first two periods to lead
4-1, but Connell used an escape and a takedown of his own in the third to force overtime. He
was a half second away at the end of regulation from getting a 2-point near
fall, but didn’t as time ran out.
In overtime, the two fought for
control and the winning takedown on the edge of the mat with the official awarding
a Baylor takedown and the win.
Baylor 31, McCallie 30
195. Trell Phillips (McC) dec. Cooper Reiniche, 7-5
... McCallie, 3-0
220. Jay Roberts (McC)
dec. Jon Schmissrauter, 4-2 SV … McCallie, 6-0
285. Will Thomas (Baylor) dec. Billy Boardman, 2-1 … McCallie, 6-3
106. Jack Reynolds (Bay) tech fall Stanton
Davis, 16-1 .. Baylor, 8-6
113. Addison Cornell (McC) pinned Weston
Jarnagin, :16 … McCallie, 12-8
120. Ethan Dendy (McC) tech fall Andy Atchley, 17-2 … McCallie,
126. James Westbrooks (McC) major dec. Caleb
Canada, 13-2 … McCallie, 21-8
132. Brock Herring (McC) dec. Caleb Powell, 5-2 … McCallie, 24-8
138. Tate Robinson (Baylor) dec. Adam Connell, 6-4 SV … McCallie, 24-11
145. Griffin Davis (McC) pinned Preston
Troxell, 3:39 … McCallie, 30-11
152. Blake Southerland (Baylor) pinned Will Patton, 4:53 ... McCallie, 30-17
160. Bryson Popp (Baylor) pinned Judah Duhm (McC), 4:19 ... McCallie,
170. Caymen Seagraves (Baylor) pinned Ariel
Bong, 3:10 … McCallie, 30-29
182. Ryan Parker (Baylor) dec. Nathan Hoodenpyle, 3-2 ... Baylor, 32-30
Baylor penalized 1 team
point in final match - unsportsmanlike conduct … Baylor 31-30
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