Baylor Wrestlers Rally to Edge McCallie, 31-30

Red Raiders Lead Series, 49-40

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 Rally: 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).”


Best Match: 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, 17-8

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, 30-23      

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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