Times West Virginian
Early morning wrestling could be for the birds, but that’s what two of the area teams were up to this weekend.
East Fairmont’s wrestling team picked up three wins, while dropping two, at the Greenbrier West Duals Saturday.
The Bees scored wins over Keyser (42-37), Calhoun (39-32) and Wirt County (53-24) but dropped matches to last year’s state champion, Greenbrier West (43-33) and George Washington (44-36).
East head coach John Geary said he believes this competition early in the season will help his team.
"We've been wrestling some pretty tough competition,” he said. “Greenbrier West, all those AA teams are top 10, and GW is pretty good.”
Senior Hayden Stewart kept his strong season going, picking up five wins and improving his season record to 20-0. All five wins for Stewart were pins.
Brody Nestlerotte also added five wins for the Bees.
“Some of our seniors are doing outstanding,” coach Geary said. “Hayden is really doing outstanding. Brody is wrestling well.”
With a young lineup, the experience will only better them, according to Geary.
“I've got five freshmen in the lineup so they’ve been getting right at,” Geary said. “We haven't been wrestling any cream puff teams.”
One of those young guys, sophomore Dalton Michael (19-1), was able to pick up five wins also.
“Dalton Michael is doing really well,” Geary said. “He’s 19-1 and beat the kid whom he lost to last week.”
Sophomore Daniel Hopkins also won four matches for East Fairmont, while freshmen Gian Vandetta and senior Zack Moffett each picked up three wins.
Matt Hopwood and Shawn Wiley each won two matches while a plethora of Bees — Teague Seccuro, Billy Johnson, Trent Fleming, Brendan Sayers, Cam Stewart and Aric Hayhurst — each won one match.
The Bees are done now until they host the East Fairmont Duals next weekend, where 20 teams will come in to compete.
On the other hand, it was a rough day for Fairmont Senior on the mats as the Polar Bears dropped three contests at the Oak Glen quad Saturday.
The Polar Bears dropped matches to Oak Glen (51-21), Roane County (43-42) and Morgantown (34-33) with the latter two coming via criteria after the teams tied.
"They put this criteria in place so that you don't have ties,” Fairmont Senior head wrestling coach Mark Delligatti said of the situation. “It makes it kind of fun, but it's not fun when you lose."
After ending in ties, the decisions went to score cards and judges put the criteria to work.
For the Roane County matches, it was decided that since Roane County scored the first point in five of the matches, that it was declared the winner by a point.
For the Morgantown matches, the Mohigans won five matches to the Polar Bears’ four, giving them the upper hand in the criteria judgement.
Three wrestlers did go undefeated on the day for the Polar Bears, though.
Brent Wyne, Anthony Alvaro and Vincent Delligatti each went 3-0 on the day at the 138-, 152- and 220-pound weight classes, respectively. All three have experience at last year’s state tournament.
Chris Carvillano (106-pound weight class), Brad Wyne (152-pound weight class) and Brent Barber (285-pound weight class) each went 2-1.
Coach Delligatti believes his team is only gaining valuable experience from these types of days.
"We’re young, but we got a lot of experience in four or five weeks in these dual matches,” he said. “Down the road some of those young guys will pick it up and we'll start winning some more duals."
Phillip Mayers and Tre Lewis each picked up a win, also.
Coming up next for the Polar Bears is the East Fairmont Duals next weekend.