Methacton decks Wissahickon

Methacton's Shuajb Nuredini (right) beat Wissahickon's Elijah Fennell at 195. BRADLEY C. BOWER / For The Inquirer
Methacton's Shuajb Nuredini (right) beat Wissahickon's Elijah Fennell at 195. BRADLEY C. BOWER / For The Inquirer
Posted: February 09, 2014

Methacton's Eric Straup had seen Isaac Philip before, and he knew what he had to do to notch his third consecutive win over the Wissahickon senior in a 120-pound duel.

"Front headlock," Straup said. "I've been using that a lot."

Straup's pin of Philip helped seal a loud win for Methacton as the Warriors downed host Wissahickon, 65-5, in a nonconference bout Friday.

"I've wrestled him before, and I did pretty good," Straup said. "It was pretty much the same thing today against him."

Straup was one of the Methacton regulars to post wins, and some of the team's younger guys also had a productive match, as the Warriors' freshmen combined for five wins.

With the North Penn tournament on Saturday and a Pioneer Athletic Conference matchup with Spring-Ford looming Tuesday, Warriors coach A.J. Maida said he rested a few regulars in Friday's win.

"We had a lot of young guys in the lineup, and our freshmen were 5-0 today," Maida said. "That's always nice to see. Our kids were physical, and I think maybe the schedule they wrestle prepares them to be pretty physical."

Among the freshmen, Cameron George (106), Dylan Henry (126), and Brendan Marion (138) recorded pins for Methacton (16-6), Bryce Reddington (113) won by technical fall, and Steve Denner (132) earned a major decision.

"I told them all before the match that I didn't think the team score is in doubt," Maida said. "But I don't want to see someone go out there and underperform."

The match came in a quad-meet that also included Avon Grove and Germantown Academy.

Trojans senior Pat Fennell recorded a technical fall at 160 to give Wissahickon (10-17) a 5-0 lead to start the match, but the Warriors roared back and swept the remaining weight classes.

"I thought some of our guys showed some heart in a couple of the matches even though they were getting beat up a little," Wissahickon coach Anthony Stagliano said. "But Methacton came to wrestle.

"I told my guys at the end of the match to learn from what the other team was doing to them. Methacton's a tough team, but we'll rebound."


160: Pat Fennell, W, tech. fall Treston Bradley, 5:00. 170: Jack Ryan, M, pin Ethan Silver, 1:30. 182: Devin Bradley, M, dec. Eric An, 10-4. 195: Shuajb Nuredini, M, dec. Elijah Fennell, 7-3. 220: James Jones, M, pin Jason Caso, 3:00. 285: Tracey Green, M, win by forfeit. 106: Cameron George, M, pin Evan Hill, 5:00. 113: Bryce Reddington, M, tech. fall Aaron Kaminsky, 15-0. 120: Eric Straup, M, pin Issac Philip, 5:33. 126: Dylan Henry, M, pin Alex Ortiz, 1:31. 132: Steven Denner, M, maj. dec. Jack Jones, 13-0. 138: Brendan Marion, M, pin Troy Thurston, 1:23. 145: Joe Stanley, M, maj. dec. Nick Natale, 11-3. 152: Jacob Qawasmy, M, maj. dec. Pat Kovacs, 10-1.

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