Wrestling Bears Win First Match Of District Team Duals


Wrestling Bears Win First Match Of District Team Duals
By William Hayes

Gavin Henry for the win. Photo by William Hayes

The Union City Varsity Wrestling Bears took down the Girard Yellow Jackets in the round Of 16 portion of the PIAA District 10 Team Duals by a score of 56-20. Sophmore Evan Smith started the match at 106 lbs. accepting the forfeit. At 113 lbs. freshmen Quintin Hedderick came up big with a fall to jump the Bears to an early 12-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets won 120 lbs. By tech fall, making it 12-5. At 126 lbs. Sophmore Jayson Solliwoda came up with a tech fall of his own, taking the score to 17-5. Sophmore Tallin Henry, 132 lbs. took just short of a minute and a half to pin his opponnent making the team score 23-5. Senior Judah Gardner 138 lbs. won 6-5 giving the Bears a 26-5 lead. Girard would fight back winning 145 lbs. by fall, and 152 lbs. 7-1, making the score 26-14. Senior Esteban Waldman collected the fall at 160 lbs. Making it then 32-14.

Girard again struck back with a fall at 170 lbs. taking the score to 32-20. That would be it for the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard for the remaining 4 matches, as the Bears decided to take the Ed Margie PIN TO WIN slogan to heart, putting on a heck of a pinning clinic for the fans. Gavin Henry 182 lbs, Nick Kaday 195 lbs, Tyler Hedderick 220 lbs, and Matt Long 285 lbs, would all win by fall, making the final 56-20
Union City.

With the win the Bears advance to the Distrct 10 Team Duals Feb. 2nd in Sharon, Pa. Their next opponent will be the winner of the Greenville vs. Slippery Rock, round of 16 match scheduled for Wednesday evening Jan. 30th . If the Bears win they will advance to the semi-finals. The semi-finals winners advance to first place match. Semi-finals loser will drop to the third place match.

photo credit Marshall Vantassell. William Burgess On Left Gavin Henry Right and William Hayes Center

Final again Union City 56 Girard 20

106: Evan Smith (UCAH) over (GIHS) (For.) 113: Quintin Hedderick (UCAH) over Gavin Herman (GIHS) (Fall 0:42) 120: Ethan Herman (GIHS) over Austin Dolan (UCAH) (TF 17-2 0:00) 126: Jayson Soliwoda (UCAH) over Dakota Slomski (GIHS) (TF 17-2 5:01) 132: Tallin Henry (UCAH) over Ian Lowe (GIHS) (Fall 1:25) 138: Judah Gardner (UCAH) over Alex Brown (GIHS) (Dec 6-5) 145: Marshall Marfinetz (GIHS) over Austin Jaquith (UCAH) (Fall 3:46) 152: Dustin Roesch (GIHS) over James Leyda (UCAH) (Dec 7-1) 160: Esteban Waldman (UCAH) over Mitchell Marfinetz (GIHS) (Fall 0:46) 170: Tyler Bryan (GIHS) over Cain Greeley (UCAH) (Fall 0:30) 182: Gavin Henry (UCAH) over Trey Ryan (GIHS) (Fall 0:42) 195: Nick Kaday (UCAH) over Robert States (GIHS) (Fall 1:30) 220: Tyler Hedderick (UCAH) over Ryan Graves (GIHS) (Fall 0:45) 285: Matt Long (UCAH) over Jordan Schell (GIHS) (Fall 1:13)