Baylor Sweeps Matches With Father Ryan, MBA

McCallie Beats MBA Before Losing To Ryan At Home On Saturday

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - by John Hunt

McCallie hosted four dual meet wrestling matches Saturday afternoon involving Baylor and two Division II teams from Nashville, including Father Ryan and Montgomery Bell Academy.

Top-ranked and unbeaten Baylor stayed that way as they topped Father Ryan by a 42-36 final in the opener while rolling past MBA by a 60-12 margin.

A moment of silence was observed before the first match in memory of Jim Morgan and John Farr, a pair of Hall of Fame wrestling coaches who both passed on Friday.

McCallie posted a 39-31 win over MBA but came up on the short end of a 44-32 final against Father Ryan. 

It seems like all prep wrestling teams are banged up and bruised at this point, so all of Saturday’s teams were missing some key individuals.

“I was proud of the way my guys stepped up and performed today,” said Baylor coach Ben Nelson after his team had improved to 15-0 with the two wins.

“It was kind of somber and quiet when we first got here and I was afraid we might be a little bit flat, but we were able to generate some of our own momentum and that made a lot of difference. 

“We should be decent when we get everyone back in our lineup, but we were missing some key warriors today.  We knew that Father Ryan would be good, so it was fun to see how we responded in that match.  But we still have the big match with McCallie on Friday, so we’ll keep working hard to continue improving,” Nelson added.

McCallie coach Jake Yost offered similar sentiments.

“We have some guys banged up, but I thought we did a pretty good job in a tough circumstance today,” he said while members of his team were rolling up the mats.

“We just lost a tough match to Father Ryan, but we won in a couple of spots where we had lost to them earlier, so that was good.  But I feel like we can be competitive if we can get everyone healthy and in the right spots.

“I’m really proud of Ellis Haney, a freshman at 106, who came from behind to win his match against MBA and provide the margin of victory for our team.  I’m not even sure he knew the dual meet was on the line, but I feel like we got pretty good effort from everyone on the team,” Yost added.

Baylor and Father Ryan split their 14 matches, but the difference was Baylor getting bonus points in them all with six pins and a forfeit.  Two of Ryan’s wins were by regular decision and that was the margin of victory for the Red Raiders.

Noah Hurst, Garrison Dendy, Andrew Pace, Barrett Chambers, Mason Reiniche and Jonathan Snodgrass all won with pins while David Harper was awarded a forfeit at 195.

Baylor won 11 of 14 matches against MBA, including the final seven.  Dan McGuire’s 8-2 decision at 160 had gotten the Big Red within 21-12 before Baylor won the rest with five pins, another forfeit to Harper and a thrilling 10-9 decision by Drew Dietz at 106.

Santeri Valpas, Alex Robinson, Matthew Smith and Kade Hartline joined Hurst, Dendy, Pace and Reiniche with  pins in the MBA match while Ryan Tisdale had a 6-0 decision in the first match at 120 pounds.

McCallie had five pins, a technical fall, a major decision and a forfeit in its win over MBA while getting four pins, one technical fall and a regular decision over Father Ryan.

John Braman, Frankie Zahrobsky, Riley Looper, Austin Gentil and Haney all had pins in the win over MBA while Zach Ward, Alex Whitworth, Thomas Sell and Looper all had pins against Ryan.

Baylor is now 15-0 while Father Ryan is now 20-3.  McCallie is 8-3 while MBA drops to 5-9 in dual meets.

Baylor will host McCallie on Friday at 6 p.m. in each team's final dual meet of the season.


(Match began at 113 Pounds)

106 – Brooks McAfee (FR) pinned Kade Hartline, 1:45;

113 – Calvin Eason (FR) won by forfeit;

120 – Thomas Wesnofske (FR) dec. Jacob Weekley, 7-5;

126 – Noah Hurst (Bay) pinned Griffin Habacker, 3:30;

132 – Garrison Dendy (Bay) pinned Sean Pitts, 3:44;

138 – Houston Crouch (FR) dec. Clayton Pettway, 3-2;

145 – Andrew Pace (Bay) pinned JaCorey Miller, 1:15;

152 – Lawrence Madson (FR) pinned Jason Motley, 3:49;

160 – Barrett Chambers (Bay) pinned Andrew Nelson, 3:42;

170 – Mason Reiniche (Bay) pinned Parker Peterson, 3:20;

182 – Henry Hagey (FR) pinned Santeri Valpas, 1:16;

195 – David Harper (Bay) won by forfeit;

220 – Jonathan Snodgrass (Bay) pinned Gabriel Holmes, 1:37;

285 – Felix Wilson (FR) pinned Matthew Smith, 2:32.


(Match began at 120 pounds)

106 – Drew Dietz (Bay) dec. Brantley Golczynski, 10-9;

113 – Kade Hartline (Bay) pinned Mac Rusi, 3:29;

120 – Ryan Tisdale (Bay) dec. Frank Perazzini, 6-0;

126 – Noah Hurst (Bay) pinned Will Higgins, :55;

132 – Garrison Dendy (Bay) pinned Adam Garfinkel, 1:05;

138 – Blake Andrews (MBA) dec. Clayton Pettway, 5-1;

145 – Andrew Pace (Bay) pinned Robby Barnes, :42;

152 – Eric Russ (MBA) pinned Jason Motley, 1:57;

160 – Dan McGuire (MBA) dec. Barrett Chambers, 8-2;

170 – Mason Reiniche (Bay) pinned Doug Gaw, :37;

182 – Santeri Valpas (Bay) pinned Mason Skeeters, 1:43;

195 – David Harper (Bay) won by forfeit;

220 – Alex Robinson (Bay) pinned Ethan Lilly, 2:31;

285 – Matthew Smith (Bay) pinned Joe Moore, :24.


(Match began at 113 pounds)

106 – Ellis Haney (McC) pinned Roman Urbanczyk;

113 – John Braman (McC) pinned Mac Rusi, 3:48;

120 – Emory Taylor (McC) major dec. Frank Perazzini, 12-4;

126 – Will Higgins (MBA) major dec. Lawson Davis, 16-7;

132 – Adam Garfinkel (MBA) pinned Ian Herring;

138 – Wyatt Andrews (MBA) dec. Zach Ward, 4-2;

145 – Robby Barnes (MBA) pinned Rand Holtzclaw, 2:00;

152 – Alex Whitworth (McC) won by technical fall over Eric Russ;

160 – Dan McGuire (MBA) won by forfeit;

170 – Frankie Zahrobsky (McC) pinned Doug Gaw;

182 – Thomas Sell (McC) won by forfeit;

195 – Mason Skeeters (MBA) pinned Coen Campbell;

220 – Riley Looper (McC) pinned Ethan Lilly;

285 – Austin Gentil (McC) pinned Joe Moore.


(Match began at 120 pounds)

106 – Brooks McAfee (FR) major dec. Ellis Haney, 13-0;

113 – Calvin Eason (FR) won by forfeit;

120 – Emory Taylor (McC) won by technical fall over Thomas Wesnofske;

126 – Griffin Habacker (FR) pinned Lawson Davis;

132 – Sean Pitts (FR) major dec. Ian Herring, 18-5;

138 – Zach Ward (McC) pinned Houston Crouch, 2:00;

145 – JaCorey Miller (FR) pinned Rand Holtzclaw;

152 – Alex Whitworth (McC) pinned Lawrence Madson;

160 – Andrew Nelson (FR) pinned Frankie Zahrobsky;

170 – Parker Peterson (FR) pinned Harrison Millirons;

182 – Thomas Sell (McC) pinned Henry Hagey;

195 – Gabriel Holmes (FR) pinned Coen Campbell;

220 – Riley Looper (McC) pinned Elijah Wilson;

285 – Austin Gentil (McC) dec. Felix Wilson, 5-1.

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