The Mathews High School varsity wrestling team fell to Gloucester last Wednesday, 48-27, and then went on place second in Saturday’s Mathews Duals with a 4-1 record on the day.
On Jan. 26, the Devils hosted their next-door neighbors, the AAA Dukes. Individual winners for Mathews included Caleb Miller (103 lbs., 6-0 decision), Russell Reed (152 lbs., pin in 1:28), C.W. Sorey (171 lbs., pin in 1:09) and Austin Fravel (189 lbs., pin in 1:36).
On Saturday, Mathews welcomed teams from Arcadia, Middlesex, Lancaster, Bruton and Franklin in a six-team round-robin competition. Arcadia went 5-0 to win the Mathews Duals, while the host Devils came in second at 4-1.
With Miller out sick, and all of the backups at the Hampton jayvee tournament, Mathews had only nine wrestlers able to compete.
In the first contest, Mathews defeated Lancaster, 50-24. Winners included Matt Rouland (125 lbs., 17-2 tech fall victory), Reed (8-2 decision) and James Pavik (189 lbs., pin in 5:02). MHS wrestlers Elisha Kane (112 lbs.), Sean Rhodes (119 lbs.), Jamie Perigny (130 lbs.), Billy Bower (160 lbs.), Sorey and Willie Moore (285 lbs.) all picked up forfeit wins.
Mathews continued its winning streak in the next round against Franklin, 48-18. Winners for the Devils included Rhodes (pin in 1:33), Reed (pin in :54), Bower (pin in :46), Sorey (pin in 3:05), Pavik (pin in 3:39) and Moore (pin in :51). Rouland and Perigny earned forfeit victories.
In the next round, the Devils beat AA Bruton, 45-36. Rouland (pin in 1:04), Reed (7-3 decision), Bower (pin in 2:30), Sorey (pin in 1:20), Pavik (pin in :48) and Moore (pin in :43) earned wins for Mathews. Kane and Rhodes accepted forfeits.
While winning by a 7-3 margin, Reed’s bout was much closer than the final score indicates. He was losing 2-1 after giving up a takedown and scoring an escape in the first period. He scored an escape and a takedown in the second period. Then Bruton’s Greg Buchtel got an escape, making the score 4-3 starting the third period. Buchtel took bottom and Reed put him on his back for a three-point near fall, a big win for the Blue Devil senior and co-captain.