Thursday, January 16, 2014
The Ashley Ridge wrestling team won a close match over cross-town rival Fort Dorchester Wednesday.
The Swamp Foxes earned a 43-28 win over the Patriots at Fort Dorchester. The Patriots entered the match ranked ninth among the state’s Class AAAA teams, one spot above Ashley Ridge. However, two forfeits were costly to the Patriots.
The teams split the first 10 weight classes down the middle with each winning five classes for a 25-25 tie entering the 220-pound match. However, since Fort Dorchester was going to have to forfeit the final two matches of the evening the Patriots had to earn pins at 220 and in the heavyweight match to keep things tied and perhaps win on criteria.
The Patriots didn’t manage the pins they needed as Devin Parker held Asa Gilliard to a 3-0 decision at 220 and Swamp Fox junior Kenny Glover pulled off an upset by pinning Tyese McDonald in the heavyweight match. “He was leaning kind of high so I just did what the coaches taught me to do when that happens,” Glover said. “This means a lot to us coming off that loss to Summerville. Our goal now is to place second in the region and I think we can do it if we keep working hard.”
Wrestling began with Fort Dorchester’s Tyre Wright earning an 8-5 win in the 120-pound weight class. Then momentum shifted to the Swamp Foxes.
Ashley Ridge received bonus points with Demetri McNeil’s pin at 126, Brett Donwny’s pin at 132, Christian Cutino’s major decision at 138 and Chris Hudgins’ pin at 145 to take a 20-3 lead. Then Ashton Hughes won a 4-2 decision at 152 over Cato Jenkins, a wrestler ranked in the 160-pound class, for a 25-3 Ashley Ridge lead.
Fort Dorchester answered by earning bonus points in the next four matches to tie the score and set up the exciting finish. AJ Alford (160), Joseph Hutchinson (182) and Quandre Chisolm (195) all won their match by pin and Jacob Hutchinson (170) earned a 12-1 major decision.
“There were some bright spots for us tonight,” Fort Dorchester coach Ben LaPrad said. “We had a couple of wrestlers really step up so while I’m not pleased with everything we did tonight overall I’m pleased with our effort.”
The forfeits came in the 106-pound and 113-pound matches.