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St. Paul opens season with pair of dual wins

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 12, 2018 at 9:57 PM

NEW LONDON — The St. Paul wrestling team opened the season with a pair of road dual wins on Wednesday.

The Flyers won over Seneca East by a lopsided 55-6 margin, and topped host Firelands Conference foe New London, 39-24.

“We had our ups and downs since it was the first match of the season,” St. Paul coach Casey Harrington said. “But obviously to win both matches, we’re very happy.”

There were five contested matches against the Tigers, all won by St. Paul. At 113 pounds, Aidan Naseman scored a 4-2 decision.

At 132, Ryan Gross pinned his Seneca East opponent in 1:50. Also scoring pins were Eric Crabbs at 145 (1:18) and Myron Stoll at 152 (1:02). Will Stieber won by major decision (10-2) at 138.

There were seven contested matches between the Flyers and Wildcats. St. Paul won four to New London’s three.

Gross pinned Michael Dalton in 28 seconds at 132, while Stieber won a high-scoring 13-11 decision over Robbie Youngless at 138.

Also for the Flyers, Sam Meyer pinned Ethan Lee at 170, and Cam Caizzo scored a pin at 182 in 1:07 against New London’s Owen Lee.

Winning for New London included Austin Reed, who pinned Crabbs in 4:46 at 145. Norbert Sword pinned Stoll in 2:50 at 152, while Mitchell Phillips also scored a third period pin in 4:50 over St. Paul’s Jacob Baca at 195.

“I think there is a mental phase and just general conditioning to work on,” Harrington said. “If we fix things like that, we’ll be alright. Again, it was just some minor mistakes that are common early in the year while getting in mat shape.”

Harrington added there were a couple matches that were lost for his team in the final seconds of a period — but those who won mostly did so in bonus-point fashion.

“Those who came through came through at the right time with big points,” he said. “There were a couple matches against New London, if those end up decisions instead of pins or majors, a 15-point win could have flipped the other way easily.”

St. Paul is back in action on Saturday at the Atwater Waterloo Invitational, located just east of Akron.

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