Southeast rolls over Rootstown

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

ROOTSTOWN _ Rootstown's Dan Bailey didn't believe it would be this one-sided.

Southeast coach Ralph Graham was very happy it ended up that way.

Those were the reactions of the two wrestling mentors after the Pirates dismantled the Rovers 62-12 in dual-meet action at Rootstown Thursday night.

"I have to say I'm really disappointed," said Bailey. "I didn't expect to beat them, but I did expect to give (Southeast) a match. We are better wrestlers than we showed. A lot of them just held back for some reason."

The Pirates posted eight pins en route to capturing 12 of the 14 matches. Six of the pins came in the final seven matches.

"I was real impressed," praised Graham. "We've been having great practices and we're doing a lot of extra stuff on conditioning with the tournaments coming up. And the kids are really responding to it. They are not bemoaning the fact that we're working harder. They are actually looking forward to it.

"I'm real pleased with the attitude and I thought we wrestled a real good match in terms of strategies and how we approached some of the things we were doing."

The highlight of the night was Chris Sutcliffe's pin of Rootstown's Jason Lee at 112 pounds.

Lee started with a flurry and took a 10-1 lead after two minutes. He still led 10-3 when the Southeast freshman went to his bag of tricks.

Applying a move called the "cement mixer," Sutcliffe quickly flipped Lee around in somersault-like fashion and then made the cover for a pin at 3:03.

"That's a Pennsylvania move that's really starting to become popular across the nation." said Graham. "It's not something you want to bank on all the time, but it's a little razzle-dazzle."

That result gave Southeast a 9-0 edge and set the tone for the rest of the evening.

"When a team is down and you jump on them early I think that helps your momentum," commented Graham. "Had they pulled that first one out _ an Eric Henry 4-0 decision over Rootstown's Brandon Smith at 103 _ and beat us at 112, who knows how competitive the other kids would have wrestled."

Down 26-0, Rootstown finally got on the board when Eric Peyton pinned Chris Weichman at 3:19. Chris Smolk (171 pounds) then registered a pin of Bob Abbuhl at 2:42 for Rootstown's other points.

Southeast's other pins included Joel Aemmer (119), Joe Coleman (145), Gary Walczak (152), Matt Kubitza (160), Joe Botsford (189), Dustin Dohse (215) and Tom Crock (275).

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Southeast 62, Rootstown 12

(At Rootstown)

103 _ Eric Henry (SE) dec. Brandon Smith, 4-0

112 _ Chris Sutcliffe (SE) pin Jason Lee, 3:03

119 _ Joel Aemmer (SE) pin Scott Turck, 3:55

125 _ Erik Bartley (SE) tech. fall David Rankin, 16-0

130 _ Chris Dorris (SE) dec. David Landals, 10-6

135 _ Chris Dunfee (SE) dec. T.J. Kiss, 6-4

140 _ Eric Peyton (R) pin Chris Weichman, 3:19

145 _ Joe Coleman (SE) pin Craig Haislip, :23

152 _ Gary Walczak (SE) pin David Reuting, 5:03

160 _ Matt Kubitza (SE) pin John Giulitto, 2:18

171 _ Chris Smolk (R) pin Bob Abbuhl, 2:46

189 _ Joe Botsford (SE) pin Kyle Vair, :59

215 _ Dustin Dohse (SE) pin Jerrod Hankins, 2:48

275 _ Tom Crock (SE) pin Lee Claburn, 3:06

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