Bulldogs working hard

Bunnell High’s Eric Ross takes down Masuk High’s Evan Patterson en route to winning an 11-0 major decision in their 145-pound bout in Monroe on Wednesday.
(Photo by Kyra Palange)

It’s been a rough season for coach David Stec’s Bunnell High wrestling team, and the squad’s struggles continued with a 43-28 loss to Darren Hayden’s Masuk Panthers in Monroe last Wednesday night.
“Our kids are very inexperienced, so we just need to keep working and improving,” Stec said of his team, whose record is currently 2-7. “Every day we try to get one percent better, and we just continue to work hard and try to get mentally and physically tough.”
The score was 12-0 Masuk before the Bulldogs got on the board with a pin in the 120-pound class.
Henry Guasp earned a fast takedown and pinned Masuk’s Robert Trau just 48 seconds into the match.
The Bulldogs’ Syed Saud won by forfeit at 126 to tie the score at 12.
Masuk (7-8) won six of the next seven matches. The score was 21-12 in favor of the Panthers after six bouts before the Bulldogs scored another point.
Eric Ross, at 145, won an 11-0 major decision over Masuk’s Evan Patterson.
Wrestling aggressively, Ross took a shot and seized Patterson’s leg, knocking the Panther off balance and earning the early takedown.
Ross recorded a three-point near-fall, taking the score to 5-0 and kept control through the end of the first period.
Patterson assumed the defensive position to open up the second frame. Exploding off the whistle, he tried to gain a reversal, but Ross stayed off his back and pulled Patterson across his body.
While keeping his own shoulders off the ground, Ross pressed Patterson’s to the mat. He earned a three-point near-fall, taking the score to 8-0 at the end of the second frame.
Ross began the final frame in the defensive position, where he escaped Patterson’s hold and took him down later in the period. The takedown took the score to 11-0, where it remained for the rest of the match.
Chris Laconte stayed off his back in the 152-pound class, but Masuk’s Doug Katz was able to rack up an unreachable 14-6 lead for the major decision.
The Bulldogs were forced to forfeit in the 106- and 170-pound classes. It was no harm, no foul at 182, as neither team was able to field a wrestler.
Bunnell’s Evan Whalen took on Masuk’s Mark Flader in the 220-pound classification.
Flader took an early shot on Whalen, but the match was stalled just nine seconds in when Flader dislocated his left ring finger.
The Panther returned to the mat after having his finger put back in place and his hand taped up, but the match ended with 1.9 seconds left in the first period when Flader’s finger refused to cooperate and the senior found himself unable to continue.
The injury default gave Whalen the win and the team points.

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