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Lineup shuffle pays off for Panthers in H-10 sweep

Published: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 11:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 11:18 a.m. CDT
Creston/O-M heavyweight Nate Robinson (left) works for leverage against Jez Phippen of Atlantic during Thursday's dual meet in Atlantic. Robinson gained a 3-1 victory with a takedown in overtime, helping the Panthers take a 37-24 conference win.
Creston/O-M 106-pounder Stone Hammons has a tight grip on Atlantic's William Weppler before securing the pin in 1:14.

ATLANTIC — Creston/O-M wrestling coach Darrell Frain played a hunch after Atlantic coach Tim Duff elected to start their Hawkeye 10 dual Thursday by forfeiting to Panther three-time state champ Jake Marlin, who was placed up a weight class at 145.

With Atlantic thin in the middle weights and lacking a 152-pounder, Frain elected to insert freshman Cam Leith into that position and receive a forfeit victory, and then move juniors Gavin Leith, Adam Baker and Trevor Frain up two weight classes from their normal positions.

Despite giving up considerable weight in all those matches — which included Atlantic’s fifth-ranked Matt Williamson against Frain at 182 — the Panthers won two of those three matches and then later picked up two key victories at heavyweight and 106 to claim a 37-24 victory.

That made it a clean sweep for the night, after trouncing Clarinda 58-9 in the opener.

“Creston is either really good on top, or we’re not very good at all underneath,” said Clarinda coach Josh Porter, whose team had just won the team title at the Coach Riley Invitational in Greenfield on Saturday.

Atlantic coach Tim Duff, the former Nodaway Valley coach now assisted by his brother, former Creston/O-M assistant Drew Duff, said the Panthers won all the key matches in the teams’ first meeting since Atlantic won the third-place matchup at the 2012 State Dual Tournament.

“Creston came out and won those matches we were hoping to steal,” Duff said. “At 170, 182 and 195 we have three seniors, and Creston beat us in all three. Creston had a good pin at 106, and a nice win at heavyweight. Those were big matches. Coach Frain has some good young kids. We know we’ll see them down the line, and we have a lot of work to do.”

The Panther coach said he wasn’t sure his team could beat Atlantic, and admitted he gambled by moving some key wrestlers up two weight classes.

“A lot of it was me being stubborn,” Frain said. “When they forfeited to Jake, I decided to do the same thing and put Cam in (at 152) for the forfeit. I thought Gavin (Leith) would have a chance to beat his kid, Adam Baker moved up and wrestled well and Trevor (Frain) beat the number five kid at 182. We’ve wrestled him before, so I thought we could win there.”

After Leith dropped a 3-2 decision to Cal Heuton, Baker wrestled a solid 3-0 victory over Jordan Mauk at 170.

Frain, ranked fourth at 160, then toppled the ranked Trojan wrestler at 182 by a 7-1 score.

The matchup of the night was at 195, where top-ranked Keaton Hulett of Creston/O-M defeated No. 9 Tyler Stork by a major decision, 12-4.

Cole Tanner nearly pinned Atlantic’s Tyler Christensen at 220, but got turned to his back and pinned in 3:52. That made it a 22-9 team score with six matches remaining.

In about a 20-second span, Atlantic’s hopes were dented in a big way when Panther 106-pounder Stone Hammons pinned William Weppler in 1:14, and heavyweight Nate Robinson got a takedown in overtime to beat Jezidiah Phippen, 3-1.

That pushed the Panther advantage to 31-9.

“Stone Hammons gave us a big pin, and Nate Robinson did a nice job getting the overtime win,” Frain said. “Those were big.”

Promising Panther freshman Wyatt Thompson was pinned by fourth-ranked Darren Schwenke at 113. Kruz Adamson was in a wild match with 10th-ranked Dillon Cox at 120. It was tied 6-6 in the third period when Cox got a takedown with 1:20 left. Adamson escaped, but with only three seconds remaining had no time to forge a scoring move in an 8-7 loss.

Spencer Wray (126) and Joey Huntington (138) picked up 9-2 decisions as the Panthers won two of the final three matches to post a 13-point victory.

Frain, Seth Maitlen, Tanner, Robinson and Thompson all won by pins in the 49-point victory over Clarinda. Hulett picked up a major decision.

Atlantic finished the night with a closely-contested 36-33 victory over Clarinda.

The Panthers travel to Leon tonight for the Central Decatur Tournament, while the JV competes in the Lenox tourney on Saturday.

“We’ll see most of our district at Leon, so we’ll get a good look at those kids,” Frain said.

Creston/O-M 58, Clarinda 9

138 — Joey Huntington (Cr) dec. Trey Stickler (Clar), 5-1.

145 — Jake Marlin (Cr) by forfeit.

152 — Gavin Leith (Cr) dec. Luke Strong (Clar), 5-1.

160 — Adam Baker (Cr) dec. John Clark (Clar), 2-0.

170 — Trevor Frain (Cr) pinned Christian Lauritsen (Clar), 3:54.

182 — Seth Maitlen (Cr) pinned Dustin Swindler (Clar), 2:19.

195 — Keaton Hulett (Cr) major dec. Cain Johanns (Clar), 11-0.

220 — Cole Tanner (Cr) pinned Brook Stephens (Clar), :40.

285 — Nathan Robinson (Cr) pinned Dakota Calfee (Clar), 1:22.

106 — Stone Hammons (Cr) by forfeit.

113 — Wyatt Thompson (Cr) pinned Donte Peterson (Clar), 3:46.

120 — Blake Luna (Clar) dec. Kruz Adamson (Cr), 13-6.

126 — Spencer Wray (Cr) dec. Cole Race (Clar), 8-5.

132 — Trey White (Clar) pinned Gage Cheers (Cr), 4:23.

Creston/O-M 37, Atlantic 24

145 — Jake Marlin (Cr) by forfeit.

152 — Cameron Leith (Cr) by forfeit.

160 — Cal Heuton (Atl) dec. Gavin Leith (Cr), 3-2.

170 — Adam Baker (Cr) dec. Jordan Mauk (Atl), 3-0.

182 — Trevor Frain (Cr) dec. Matthew Williamson (Atl), 7-1.

195 — Keaton Hulett (Cr) major dec. Tyler Stork (Atl), 12-4.

220 — Tyler Christensen (Atl) pinned Cole Tanner (Cr), 3:52.

285 — Nathan Robinson (Cr) dec. Jezidiah Phippen (Atl), 3-1 OT.

106 — Stone Hammons (Cr) pinned William Weppler (Atl), 1:14.

113 — Darrian Schwenke (Atl) pinned Wyatt Thompson (Cr), :54.

120 — Dillon Cox (Atl) dec. Kruz Adamson (Cr), 8-7.

126 — Spencer Wray (Cr) dec. Marshall McDermott (Atl), 9-2.

132 — Reid Nichols (Atl) pinned Gage Cheers (Cr), 4:50.

138 — Joey Huntington (Cr) dec. Austin Williamson (Atl), 9-2.

170 — Trevor Frain (Cr) pinned Christian Lauritsen (Clar), 3:54.

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