Dodge City survives Liberal, 45-33
Friday, 11 February 2011 12:15
L&T staff report
LIBERAL — The Liberal Redskins wrestled one of their best matches of the season, rallying from 21 points down, cutting Dodge City’s lead to just six entering the final match, before falling 45-33, Thursday night in The Big House.
The dual was the last for Liberal before heading to regionals on Feb. 19.
The dual started dubiously for Liberal. Shaddock Wood was pinned by Chance Maynard at 103, and Liberal was forced to forfeit at 112.
Then Michael Frazer found himself in a battle with Jaquan Graves at 119 pounds. The match was tied at 2 at the end of the first period, and Frazer held a 7-6 edge entering the third and final period. Graves picked up two points and held an 8-7 advantage heading into the final minute of the third.
Graves put Frazer on his back and Frazer couldn’t escape the move, falling by pin with 30 seconds left in the match.
Alejandro Avila lost an 8-3 decision to Dane Edwards at 125 pounds, and Dodge City picked up a forfeit win at 130 pounds.
Liberal got on the board with a forfeit win for Corey Campos at 135 pounds, making the score 21-6 Dodge City.
Adebayo Braimah won by forfeit at 140 pounds, setting up Ayodale Braimah at 145. Ayodale earned a 12-8 decision over Santiago Garcia, cutting Dodge City’s lead to 27-15.
Braimah’s match was a battle, as the sophomore held leads of 6-5 and 9-8 before pulling away in the third set.
Trenton Wilson continued Liberal’s domination of the middle weights, pinning Justin Lampe at 152 pounds. Wilson’s pin fall victory came at the 34 second mark of the first period and cut Dodge City’s lead to 27-21.
Liberal tied it at 27 in the 160-pound match when senior Tomas Saquic pinned Andy Rios with 17 seconds left in the first period.
Dodge City regained the lead in the 171-pound match when Corey Keller pinned Shawn Lay with 1:14 left in the first period, and increased its lead in the 189-pound match when Freddy Hernandez pinned senior Bruno Andrade with a minute left in the first period.
Liberal cut it back to six at 215 when Justin McPhail made easy work of Francisco Serena, pinning his opponent at the 1:22 mark of the first period.
That set up a final heavyweight battle between Jorge Nuñez and Jesse Trent, which Trent won for the Red Demons with a pin at the 1:27 mark of the first.