Fliers-Little Giants stage Exciting Match at Ross with Fliers Rallying from 30-15 down to Win 38-36.
The atmosphere staged in the Ross gym created a sense of what was to come. One bright light lit the dark mat which separated the two teams from schools, schools separated only by several miles. All that seemed absent was a ‘ring’ and a ring announcer. This was not boxing; it was high school varsity wrestling. And the two teams definitely set out to outwrestle the other.
The Little Giants captured the first half of the tussle rather convincingly. And just after about half of the rigorous war in front of an enthused if not rabid audience of several hundred, the Fliers’ once beaten Derrick Coleman shook hands with his friendly adversary. Hope filled the Fliers’ side, but tonight, Derrick’s foe got the better of him, winning by a narrow 7-5 margin.
Looking at the ever telling scoreboard, things at that point looked bleak. The Fliers had still some bullets left in their gun, but it would take a strong, strong effort and victories by the remaining grapplers.
The counterassault began shortly after when junior Hank Webb continued his improvement with a 9-4 decision. Hank’s confidence this season seems to grow with each match. His leadership has been vital for Coach Andres’ disciples.
In another tense battle, Rush Andres continued the Fliers’ rally with an impressive 9-1 triumph. The Fliers’ team score still showed the rally was not yet enough, but there was the final match. And, what drama ….could be felt by all onlookers in the bleachers!
The Fliers sent talented James Batesole to be THE MAN, with the score Ross 36-Clyde 33. Now, the strong, slender competitor had faced his opponent before, but now, this was for all of the marbles. And he had to win convincingly, not just skate by. James drew upon all of his experience, skills, and strength boosted by the positive energy from his teammtes, coaches, and the many Fliernation wrestling fans.
James defeated his opponent 9-1 and after his arm went up in the center mat…signaling victory, he threw himself into a mob of teammates, a scene reminiscent of being a Grand Slam walkoff hero. And James certainly loved it all, his teammates loved it….they had edged their rivals several miles to the west. The taste of the amazing comeback salivated within the hearts of the Flier wrestling world!
Assistant Coach Zach Thurn afterward also revealed the coaches’ pride in what their boys had managed to do. When down 30-15 to your ‘big brother’, a comeback like tonight’s obviously was a huge boost for the wrestling program. With two Invite wins the past two Saturdays and tonight’s humdinger, the practices should continue to show spirit and the attention needed to keep the program on the road to greater success.
Coach Thurn cited Tyson West for his work at the outset. Though he lost, he had done enough to help get something on the board which added to Trent Mominee’s triumph, Hank Webb’s, Rush Andres’, and The ‘Closer’, James Batesole, secured the big win.
It was certainly worth the admission charge and more. A huge boost for our teens as they continue to follow the coaching of a staff that certainly has been there and done it, though years ago.
Congratulations, Flier Wrestling Nation!