Rockets come out even in matches at BGA
The Forrest Rocket grapplers finished the pre-Christmas portion of the season with a solid showing at the Battle Ground Academy duals on Saturday, beating St. Andrew's-Sewanee School and the host Wildcats, while losing a pair of three-point matches to Page and Fairview.
The Rockets jumped out to a 20-0 lead over BGA as Harley Sisk opened with a pin over Ian McCullough in the 106-pound weight class.
Dylan Pendley and Justin Leonard came up with four points apiece with decisive decisions over their opponents and Peyton Sisk followed with a forfeit win.
BGA would come back up with three wins in a row on pins over Forrest, narrowing the score to 20-18, but Ivan Wentzel righted the Rockets' ship with a takedown over Brandon Rowe in the 152-pound weight class.
Jerry Jordan took six points with a pin over Wilson McCullough, but the Wildcats recouped the points when Eric Olson won on a technical fall over Dylan Booker in the 170-pound weight division.
William Eddins (182) and Cody Donnelly (195) secured the win for the Rockets as they posted forfeit victories.
Nikolas McGuiggan pinned Kevin Barcus in the 220-pound weight class and the match ended with a BGA pin.
Forrest made easy work of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, blasting off to a 42-0 lead as Alan Williams, Harley Sisk, Justin Leonard, Cooper McNair, and Alan Williams all won by forfeit and Dylan Pendley and Peyton Sisk came up with pins for the Rockets.
Christian Taylor (145 pounds) got the first points of the night for Sewanee, before Ivan Wentzel and Jerry Jordan pinned their opponents, making it 54-6.
St. Andrews' Jake Wiley pinned Jonathan Thornberry and the match ended with a pair of Rocket pins by Eddins and Donnelly, plus a forfeit win by McGuiggan.
The match with Page was a good one with every weight class filled and the Rockets took an early 12-0 lead as McGuiggan opened with a pin and Alan Williams followed with another takedown over Luke Boren.
The Patriots came up with six points in the 106-pound weight class before Pendley continued his unbeaten streak with a pin over Vincent Ha in the 133-pound weight class.
Nick Oberstaedt beat Leonard, but Peyton Sisk countered with a pin over Laz Bibeau in the 126-pound division.
Page stormed back, winning three matches in a row on falls, taking a 30-24 lead, but Wentzel came up huge again, tying the match with a pin over Sam Sigmon.
Jerry Jordan gave the Rockets the lead with a pin over Peter Leichner in the 160-pound weight class, but Page scored a pair of wins on falls to edge ahead 42-36.
Donnelly did all he could to bring the Rockets back, going the distance in his match with Daniel Vaughn before losing the close battle by one point 3-2.
Leonard opened with a forfeit win over Fairview, but the Yellow Jackets stung back with nine straight points, including a 14-8 loss by Peyton Sisk to James Jones in a hotly contested match.
Isaac Wentzel got the Rockets six points with a pin over Chase Myatt at 132 pounds, but the Yellow Jackets posted back-to-back wins as Christian Sosco won over Jake Abrigo and Bradley Kamp beat Austin Geeting.
Ivan Wentzel remained undefeated on the day with a forfeit win, and in the 160-pound weight class, both teams forfeited.
The Rockets sandwiched a pair of forfeit wins around a Page pin to take a slim 30-27 lead and McGuiggan made it 36-27 when he pinned Chester Peden.
The Rockets could not hold on as the Pats won the last two matches with takedowns, securing the three-point victory.
The Rockets will be back in action when they travel to Stewarts Creek High School on Jan. 3 for the Red Hawk Invitational.