By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
It came down to the wire yet again.
Trailing Fairmont Senior by two points, North Marion’s Caleb Kuhn pinned Micah Abel to give the Huskies a 32-28 victory Wednesday at the Woody Williams Armory.
“I looked at the scores and knew we needed a pin,” said the 126-pound Kuhn. “I got that in my mind and knew I had to get the pin.”
North Marion coach Dave Tennant said that the freshman’s performance in a key situation didn’t surprise him at this point in the season.
“We’re two-thirds of the way through the season,” he said. “I expect him to be able to power through those pressure situations. There’s going to be more pressure later, and the pressure mounts as the season goes on.”
Also Wednesday night, Fairmont Senior picked up wins over Bridgeport 45-12 and Lewis County 47-30. And North Marion defeated Bridgeport 44-21.
But it was clear that the county rivalry was the main event in the four-team competition. Kuhn, a freshman who placed seventh in the Winner’s Choice earlier this month, confirmed as much.
“It’s always good to beat Fairmont Senior, especially at their home place,” he said.
The pin was one of two on the night for Kuhn. Also having perfect evenings were Joe Efaw (two forfeits), Ryan Elliott (two pins), Kyle Elliott (2-0), Gavin Barker (2-0) and Andrew Lewis (1-0). Austin Stanley, Ryan Arnett, Chance Haught and Roger Cummings also picked up a win each.
Tennant found positives in unexpected places.
“Andrew Lewis filled in nicely at 160 (pounds) so we could bump everybody up and he went out and got a pin,” the coach said. “A big highlight was Cumming wrestling with (Vincent) Delligatti for three periods without getting pinned.”
For Fairmont Senior, Brent Wyne (3-0), Anthony Alvaro (3-0 with two pins), Brad Wyne (3-0 with two pins and a forfeit), Jake Abbott (1-0 with a pin), Braden Mick (3-0 with two wins and a forfeit), Jaron Summers (3-0 including two forfeits) and Vincent Delligatti (3-0 including a forfeit) were all perfect on the evening. Brent Barber added two victories at the 285-pound weight class and Micah Abel scored a win in the 126-pound weight class.
Fairmont Senior coach Mark Delligatti said he was pleased with the overall performance, considering that the team has had limited practice time due to school cancelations.
“We’ve had maybe 11 or 12 guys at practice the last week and a half or so. It kind of showed out there. But the kids that were at practices went pretty hard. We’ve got a lot of youth, and the younger guys are starting to pick it up and learn a few things, so that makes it fun.”
Fairmont Senior will take no time off. They travel to Nicholas County for another quad today with Buckhannon-Upshur, Winfield and Nicholas County.
North Marion will return to the mat Saturday against Point Pleasant, John Marshall and Oak Glen.
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