WELLSVILLE — It was Senior Night for the Lions, but visiting Dansville wasn’t in a sentimental mood.
The veteran Mustangs piled up five pinfall victories en route to a 54-13 win over the youthful Lions Tuesday evening.
“We’ve got some tough kids, a couple tough seniors,” said Dansville coach Jack Cook. “We expected to do well in some places. We were looking forward to the Robbins-Green matchup, we knew that was going to be good. They’re well-coached over here and Coach McMorris does a good job with these kids. They’re young and they’re building, I don’t want to take anything away from them. They’ve got a good bunch over here.”
As Cook alluded, the highlight of the night was the clash between undefeated Adam Green and Wellsville’s Trent Robbins, two top Section V contenders at 152 pounds.
The match didn’t disappoint. In the first period, both wrestlers attempted throws in the first minute and went out of bounds. The second minute was more of the same with three tie ups going out of bounds.
In the second period, Green was down and escaped for a point just eight seconds in, and both wrestlers started the chess match again looking for the takedown. Robbins was dinged for a point for backing up, a call challenged by Wellsville coach Bob McMorris. Robbins had a deep shot at the end of the second but ran out of time, and Green improved to 31-0 after holding on for the tight 2-0 victory.
“There was a lot of give and take and it was a very spirited match,” McMorris said. “I expect them to be right at the top three or four this weekend at sectionals. Trent took it right to him and it was a 2-0 match. One was an escape and the other was a stalling point that was kind of questionable.”
The Lions honored Robbins and fellow senior Cordell Potter before the match. Potter missed Tuesday’s clash with an injury.
“I knew we had to wrestle really well to have a chance, and with Cordell out of the lineup it was going to be tough,” McMorris said. “I thought there were a few matches that could’ve gone either way that didn’t end up going our way. I thought Chet wrestled really well tonight, and Trent wrestled really well tonight.”
Chet Robbins gave the Lions a win at 126 pounds, powering to a 14-4 decision over Kevin Roelle. Dakota Gaylord added a 4-1 decision over Abdullah Mohammad at 138.
Other than that it was all Mustangs. Masin Schuster set the tone in the first bout at 120 pounds with a pin of Bryce Beckwith in 1:02. Hunter Stone pinned Cody Hurlburt just before the buzzer ended the first period at 145 pounds.
The Mustangs later closed the meet with three straight pins, which came from Lennart Poeppe (182 pounds), Karam Ali (195) and Colton Woollett (285).
"Our junior heavyweight, Colton Woollett, has been a real nice surprise this year,” Cook said. “He’s come in and been tough. He’s really performed for us and won 24, 25 matches this year. Top to bottom our kids wrestled pretty well tonight and did a nice job.”
Evan Sinsebox took a 5-0 decision from Carter Brandes at 132 pounds. Ian Roelle, Zack Douglas and Josh Blackmon added forfeits for the Mustangs.
Tuesday was the final home match for Potter and Trent Robbins. Robbins is 28-9 on the season, while Potter is 31-3 after eclipsing 100 career wins this year. Both are looking to go out with a bang at sectionals this weekend after filling leadership roles for the youthful Lions as seniors.
“We’ve got 11 guys coming back that are getting some good experience,” McMorris said. “We have a bunch of kids coming up from modified. They’ll be young still but hopefully we’ve got something building here now. We’re going to have some talent next year, but those two seniors will be a big loss for us at the end of the year. Every year you lose quality kids and you wonder how you’re going to replace them, but you do. You don’t forget them, either. They’re not done yet.”
Led by the undefeated Green, Dansville is eyeing big things at the Section V championships in Wayne this weekend.
“It’s his senior campaign and we’re just hoping the ride continues,” Cook said. “We’re hoping for big things. It’s a big weekend. Hopefully we can walk away with a couple sectional champs and just continue to wrestle well and finish strong. That’s the key. We anticipate we’re going to do pretty good. We’ve got some kids we’re looking for some big things from. Dansville hasn’t had a sectional champ in quite a few years. We’re hoping for a return to that, and we’ve got bigger things in mind after that.”
Dansville 54, Wellsville 13
99: Alex Brandes (W) win by FF
113: Ian Roelle (D) win by forfeit
120: Masin Schuster (D) pin in 1:02 over Bryce Beckwith (W)
126: Chet Robbins (W) over Kevin Roelle (D), 14-4
132: Evan Sinsebox (D) over Carter Brandes, 5-0
138: Dakota Gaylord (W) over Abdullah Mohammad (D), 4-1
145: Hunter Stone (D) pin in 1:58 over Cody Hurlburt (W)
152: Adam Green (D) win, Trent Robbins (W) 2-0
160: Zack Douglas (D) win by FF
170: Josh Blackmon (D) win by FF
182: Lennart Poeppe (D) pin in 3:19 Eagan Enke (W)
195: Karam Ali (D) pin in 1:45 over Travis Middaugh (W)
285: Colton Woollett (D) pin in 2:17 over Brian Walsh (W)
Hornell vs. Wellsville
99: Caleb Galloway (H) pin, 1:08 over Alex Brandes (W)