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Williamsburg edges Solon

Spartans drop opening dual, 47-27

WILLIAMSBURG– It was too big of a hole.
Solon’s varsity wrestling team couldn’t overcome an early 30-point deficit and dropped the opening dual of the season 47-27 to the Williamsburg Raiders Dec. 5 in a rockin’ Solon High School gymnasium.
“We knew going in this would be a very tough dual,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Williamsburg is a very solid team year in and year out. Overall, I thought we wrestled okay even though the final score might not reflect that. We split the 12 contested matches 6-6.”
After jumping out to a 9-0 lead thanks to a pin by Seamus Poynton at 195 pounds and a decision by Gage Marty at 220, the Spartans would lose the next six matches– two forfeits, three falls and a technical fall– for a 41-9 hole.
Hayden Taylor (145) would get Solon back on track with a 14-5 major decision, and Zeb Gnida (152) followed with a technical fall, but Solon was still trailing 41-18 with three weights remaining.
Caleb Ebert (160) added a 7-3 decision and Jax Flynn (182) pinned Williamsburg’s Max Meade in 1:46 to finish off the meet.
“Giving up forfeits in the first two weights hurt us,” Williams commented. “I thought Caleb Ebert and Gage Marty wrestled very well. Both beat very good opponents. Gage’s opponent was ranked fifth in the state while Caleb beat one of their better wrestlers who had beat him in a previous season.”
Williams said his seniors– Gnida, Flynn and Poynton– paced the Spartans.
“They are leaders for our team and I thought they did a nice job showing that leadership by going out there and being aggressive,” he said.
Solon was ranked No. 6 in Class 2A by The Predictament, while Williamsburg was ranked 10th.
Williams said he hopes the lineup will continue to get better and stronger as the season progresses.
“Many of our wrestlers only had a few practices under their belt due to their outstanding football run,” he added. “As they work their way into wrestling shape, I expect them to only get better. The first few weeks especially we will have some young, inexperienced wrestlers in our lineup. We are not worried about wins and losses for them at this point rather than just improving each time out.”

Solon vs. Williamsburg
195: Seamus Poynton (SOLO) over Tyler Portwood (WILL) (Fall 2:31) 220: Gage Marty (SOLO) over Billy Grout (WILL) (Dec 15-8) 285: Cole Cremeens (WILL) over Nash Altman (SOLO) (Fall 1:32) 106: Tytan Guerrero (WILL) over (SOLO) (For.) 113: Gavin Jensen (WILL) over (SOLO) (For.) 120: Kayden Gryp (WILL) over Kaden Lamm (SOLO) (Fall 0:16) 126: Chase Malloy (WILL) over Jakobe Lahr (SOLO) (TF 15-0 6:00) 132: Sam Van Dee (WILL) over David Karam (SOLO) (Fall 0:57) 138: Jalen Schropp (WILL) over Braeden Flynn (SOLO) (Fall 0:52) 145: Hayden Taylor (SOLO) over Kam Royster (WILL) (MD 14-5) 152: Zeb Gnida (SOLO) over Gable Dayton (WILL) (TF 15-0 2:49) 160: Caleb Ebert (SOLO) over Riley Holt (WILL) (Dec 7-3) 170: Nick Marovets (WILL) over Lucas TePoel (SOLO) (Fall 2:42) 182: Jax Flynn (SOLO) over Max Meade (WILL) (Fall 1:46)