Update: Thomas Mack (160) was eliminated in wrestlebacks Friday morning along with Drew Rorebeck (126) and Terrin Ellis (285), leaving Mason Mounce as the only Bulldogs left wrestling at the state tournament.
Mack was handed a loss in his first wrestleback following a quarterfinal loss. Mack was handed an 8-0 major decision by Ryker Skelton of Seneca. The loss ended Mack’s season with a 34-10 record and a 1-2 showing at state.
Rorebeck fell in his second wrestleback match, losing to Nathaniel Alexander of Maryville by a technical fall, 17-0. Rorebeck finished 1-2 at state and posted a 20-16 record on the season.
Ellis advanced to teh secodn round of wrestlebacks by an injury default, but his run was stopped by Craig Graham of Plattsburg, who pinned the Trenton heavyweight in the third period. The loss by fall gave ellis a 1-2 showing at state and a 25-13 record for the season.
Mounce will be in semifinal action this evening at Mizzou Arena in Columbia
Mounce made short work of Brentwood’s Jacob Clay, picking up a first-round pin on Thursday. Mounce jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a takedown and nearfall before giving up a single point on an escape. Mounce scored his second takedown with just under a minute left in the match, though, and finished the job this time, picking up the win by fall.
Mounce wasted little time on Friday morning, pinning Lawson’s Adrean Eskew. Mounce took Eskew down halfway through the first period and pinned him just before time expired, clinching a trip to the semifinals tonight.
Thomas Mack (160) was relegated to wrestlebacks after winning his first-round match, falling this morning to Maverick Griffin of O’Hara. Mack yielded five points in the second period on a reversal and a nearfall. With a 5-0 lead, Griffin attempted to stall out the final period, giving up a penalty point in the process. Mack was unable to do anything with the O’Hara junior, falling by a 5-1 decision. Mack was in wrestleback action this afternoon, but hadn’t yet stepped on the mat as of press time.
Mack won his first match of the tournament on Thursday by pinning Kyle Pudlowski of Brentwood. A busy first period saw Mack score a quick takedown and nearfall before Pudlowski scored two points with a reversal. Mack went up 7-2 by the end of the period after adding an escape and second takedown to his total. Mack racked up takedown number three early in the second period and then put the match away with a pin.
Drew Rorebeck (126), Wynne DeVorss (138) and Terrin Ellis (285) all suffered first-round losses by fall in the second period of their respective matches.
Rorebeck fell behind in his first match of the tournament, facing Dakota Jones of Adrian, when he was taken down with 24 seconds left in the opening period. Jones scored a reversal to start the second period and pinned Rorebeck shortly after.
The Trenton freshman lived to wrestle another day, quite literally, scoring a win by fall in the first round of wrestlebacks. Rorebeck wasted little time, taking down Lathrop’s Hunter Dalinghaus 20 seconds into the match and picking up a pin to advance to Friday.
Ellis also advanced to Friday action after losing his opening match. Ellis yielded five points in the first period to John Karsten of Blair Oaks on a take down and a nearfall. Karsten scored a reversal to start the second period and followed it up with a pin of Ellis at the 1:45 mark.
Ellis would pick up a win by forfeit over injured Gage Boggs of Carrollton in the first round of wrestlebacks to advance.
Meanwhile, DeVorss’ tournament run came to a close on the first day after the sophomore was pinned in the first round and lost by a 6-1 decision in wrestlebacks. DeVorss battled to a scoreless tie in the first period of his first match of the tournament against Garrison Sanders of Richmond. Sanders started the second period on the bottom and picked up an escape and a takedown before pinning DeVorss roughly 30 seconds into the period.
DeVorss faced Kurtis Hahn of Whitfield in the first round of wrestlebacks and fell behind on a takedown with two seconds left in the opening period. DeVorss gave up two points in the second period and two in the third on reversals before picking up one escape point with 22 seconds left in the match. That would be it, however, as DeVorss was eliminated from the 138-pound bracket. With the two losses, DeVorss finished his season with a 23-24 record.
Second-round wrestleback action was contested today, following the quarterfinal round. Both Ellis and Rorebeck were in action. See Monday’s Republican-Times for a complete recap from Columbia.