MOUNT UNION The Mount Union wrestling team picked up where it left off in the 2011-12 season, posting a weekend win in the Conemaugh Township Tournament, and Monday night the Trojans kept it going as they dismantled Central Cambria 58-19 in their home opener at the Mount Union High School Gym.
The Trojans took a total of eight pins in the contest. Picking up pins for the Trojans were Sage Moist (113), Jake Boozel (126), Kord Aurand (132), Dylan Smith (160), Cory Kyler (170), Darrian Stapleton (182), Devon Kyler (195) and Pete Kyle (220).
"It was a good start, a real good start," Mount Union coach Corey Wertz said. "We won a tournament over the weekend and we got a dual win under our belt. It's a good start. We just got to keep it going. Our strength is up top. We are pretty balanced throughout. We are looking for that one section or one group of guys that gets the other guys rolling. That's what we are going to need all the time and it was great to see that tonight."
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mount Union’s Darian Stapleton, left, takes down Central Cambria’s Calvin Crow during a match Monday evening in Mount Union. Stapleton pinned Crow in the first period of their bout.
Others picking up wins for the Trojans were Nickolas Smith, who won a major decision in the 285-pound weight class, blanking Central Cambria's John Brandt, 11-0, and Jeremy Hess who won by injury over Tyler Karlinsky.
Early on, the match was a close as the two teams battled neck-and-neck through the first six matches with Mount Union leading by a slim five points.
At 113, Gage Moist got the Trojans started in the right direction, pinning Corey Lazacation in the opening period at the 1:02 mark, making it 6-0.
Central Cambria battled back, cutting the lead to 6-4 on a 16-2 major decision victory by the Red Devil's Tom Opdenhoff.
At 126, Boozel turned the tide, picking up a second period pin over Brad Taylor, putting the lead to a 12-4 advantage.
Kord Aurand kept the ball rolling for Mount Union as he picked up a win via a pinfall over Colton Makin with 47.7 left in the first period.
Central Cambria fought back at the 138-pound weight class when Steven Pennington cut the lead to 18-10 with a pin over Robbie Steel.
At 145 pounds, Central Cambria closed the gap to five when picked up an 8-4 decision, making it 18-13.
From there, the Trojans heated things up by taking a medical win and five pins in a row to put the match out of reach en route to the 58-19 victory.
In that run, Jeremy Hess led things off picking up a victory over Tyler Karlinsky. Karlinsky hurt his knee at the end of the first period and could not continue the match.
Mount Union's Dylan Smith then started the barrage of pins as he got rid of Cordale Kline in the second period.
At 170, Cory Kyler picked up an eight second pinfall over Devon Bowser, upping it to 36-13.
Stapleton also made quick work of his opponent Calvin Crow, pinning him in the first period.
Rounding out the pins were Devon Kyler and Pete Kyle.