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December 21, 2013

Chestnut Ridge wrestlers beat Bedford

NEW PARIS — Greg Lazor knows that his Chestnut Ridge wrestling team could have performed a little better on Saturday evening. The Lions could have come up with an extra takedown here, a set of backpoints there and maybe won another match or two.

But, when Chestnut Ridge beats Bedford in anything, especially wrestling, it's a good day to be a Lion.

“Any time you get a win over Bedford you can't be upset,” Lazor said after his team's 37-25 victory. “The tradition they have, and the wrestling team they have this year – they have some really good studs in there. We left a couple of close ones go, but we snuck a couple of close ones out, so that's the way wrestling goes. I'm happy to get the victory.”

The Lions (3-0) won four of the first five matches, including a key one at 220. Bedford's Brayden Crawley scored the go-ahead takedown with 45 seconds remaining in the third period and appeared to have it under control, but Jon Heming escaped with seven seconds remaining and got a stalling point at the buzzer as Crawley backpedaled away the final moments. Heming scored a takedown in overtime for a 5-3 victory and a 3-0 Chestnut Ridge lead.

“I thought he battled hard and pushed the pressure and I thought he earned it,” Lazor said of Heming. “Great way to start the match and get some momentum going.”

The Lions kept it going, as Austin Buttry pinned Nate Shoemaker at 285 and Austin Burkett scored a 17-0 technical fall over Noah Baughman at 106 to make it 14-0.

Bedford (2-1) got on the board at 113 with Jon Gabriel's 11-4 decision over Blake Dunlap, but even that was a bit disappointing as the Chestnut Ridge wrestler escaped with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to erase a major decision and essentially take a team point from the Bisons.

Chestnut Ridge's Luke Hobson made it 20-3 with his pin of Zach Sipes at 120.

Bedford (2-1) got rolling at 126, as Jake Warren edged Dustin Ickes 2-1 on a second-period reversal. Ryan Easter followed with a quick pin of Morgan Deremer at 132 and Garrett Thomas added an 18-6 major decision of Sam Shank to make it 20-16.

That was as close as the Bisons would get though, as Derrick Claar scored a first-period takedown, a second-period reversal and rode out Toby Brett in the third for an impressive 4-1 victory.

“Claar wrestled a real nice match against Toby,” Bedford coach Brian Creps said. “He kept him under control and didn't allow any flurries. That was the difference in the match. We were trying to get into flurries and just couldn't get into any.”

Claar's victory, which put Chestnut Ridge up 23-16, was one that Bedford probably needed to have against the defending District 5 champions.

“We knew we had to win the toss-up matches to be able to score enough points to win,” Creps said. “Tonight, we just didn't get them.”

Colby Hillegass' 9-2 victory over Ryan Wertz and Trent Crouse's pin of Uriah Costal put the Lions up by 16 points.

Bedford's Daniel Brett pinned Ben Clark at 170 and Chance Williams did just enough to beat Kyle Winegardner 2-1 in the tiebreaker before Chestnut Ride's Conner Buttry closed out the dual meet with a 15-0 technical fall over Matt Kline.

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