Green Wave grapplers edge out cross-town rival
After a full two hours of wrestling at the Green Wave gym Monday, everything came down to the 172-pound match.
Ashley Ridge could taste the upset after it took a 3-point lead with only two weight classes remaining. But Summerville’s Jamal Lucas earned a major decision at 162 to give the Green Wave a 26-25 advantage, and Anthony Collins won a decision at 172 to give Summerville a 29-25 win over the Swamp Foxes in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.
“Coach always tells me if I stay calm and wrestle my match then I can win anything,” said Collins, who jumped up a weight class Monday. “I just concentrated on seizing any opportunity he gave me.
“Winning like this is good for our confidence so hopefully that will carry into our next match.”
The night only featured one pin, made by Ashley Ridge’s Christian Cuttino at 134. The Swamp Foxes also picked up bonus points with Chris Hudgens’ major decision at 138 and Kenneth Glover’s win by technical fall in the heavyweight match.
In addition to Lucas’s major decision, Summerville earned bonus points with James Sass’s win by forfeit at 113 and a major decision by Chad Wood at 184.
Six of the decisions came by 3 points or less.
“This is one of the best high school matches I’ve been a part of,” Summerville coach Daryl Tucker said. “We knew coming in that Ashley Ridge was going to be a very tough opponent. Fortunately we started at a good weight class for us. Chad Wood is a senior leader so starting with him gave us some momentum and then our guys fought hard.
“Collins is a cool customer who doesn’t panic so I was confident going into that final match.”
The victory is Tucker’s 100th as the Green Wave coach.
Summerville (22-1) entered the match ranked second among Class AAAA teams in the state while Ashley Ridge was ranked 10th.
“Our kids work extremely hard every day and I’m proud of them,” Ashley Ridge coach Stacey Woods said. “Summerville is an elite program and Coach Tucker and his staff do a great job. That was a good match so I’m not upset.
“Hopefully we will learn from it and get a little better. This shows that our team can compete. We are a little young and need more confidence but we are improving.”
Ashley Ridge faces another tough match Wednesday when they travel to Fort Dorchester, the ninth ranked 4-A team in the state.
Summerville travels to Beaufort Wednesday.
SUMMERVILLE 29, ASHLEY RIDGE 25
106 – Guy Murray (S) d. Ty Jameison; 113 – James Sass (S) by forfeit; 120 – Ben Whitney (AR) d. Justin Connelly; 126 – Tyler Fachko (S) d. Demitre McNeal; 134 – Christian Cuttino (AR) p. Austin Delancey; 138 – Chris Hudgens (AR) m. Robert English; 147 – Daniel Smith (S) d. Ashton Hughes; 154 – Maurice Phillips (AR) d. Justyn Lodge; 162 – Jamal Lucas (S) m. Blake Ackerman; 172 – Anthony Collins (S) d. Coltyn Remeika; 184 – Chad Wood (S) m. Trey Tierny; 197 – Tyler Moore (AR) d. Corey Alumbaugh; 220 – Julian Gibbs (S) d. Devin Parker; HW – Kenneth Glover (AR) tf. Devin Kicklighter.