ROSE HILL—Don't think it wasn't a big deal to the kids.
Augusta's wrestling team had lost a couple close, epic matches at the hands of Mulvane the last few seasons. Thursday's match-up between the two teams, both of which were ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A, probably meant more than usual.
In a high-quality match that had four lead changes and a tie, the Orioles won nine of the 14 bouts and beat Mulvane 46-25 to remain undefeated at 5-0 in dual competition. The Orioles defeated Rose Hill 60-17 earlier Thursday.
"We fought well. Some of our younger kids came through big-time," coach Brandon Terry said. "...It's a battle, and we won the battle. But we're going to keep fighting."
Throughout the dual, the Orioles showed patience, smarts and were consistently able to finish shots and matches. Both teams were technically sound, and several bouts came down to executing tough moves to gain leverage. Augusta also won several tie-ups and circled for takedowns.
"Some of them were being very coachable," Terry said. "[Mulvane is] a tough team, and they've got good numbers as well."
Jake Goldenstein (106 pounds) needed only 14 seconds to get a pin against Rose Hill's Josh Hoffman. It wasn't much longer into his match against Mulvane when he got a pin to start that dual.
Even in losses, Augusta had small moral victories. Mulvane's Levi Carver (113), one of the top wrestlers in the state, beat Nathan Moore, but Moore was able to give Carver all he could handle and limit his win to a major decision and save two team points. Mulvane's Blake Cusick (120) got a late pin to give the Wildcats a 10-6 lead.
Moore had an impressive pin in his first match to finish 1-1 on the night. He took a good shot and quickly turned Rose Hill's Evan Amos for a pin.
Josh Moore (126), who essentially wrestled his first varsity matches, came through with a huge win. Josh, a freshman, controlled his match against Kaden Long. He won a lock-up for the first takedown and got a 2-point nearfall for a 4-0 lead after the first period. After starting down in the second, he scored a reversal. He did that again to start the third period, which led into a power half that resulted in a pin and a 12-10 Orioles lead.
Josh won his first match of the night with a pin against Rose Hill's Joe Nivision to go 2-0.
The Orioles and Wildcats traded leads again before Brett Hamilton (145) defeated Logan Elliott 8-0. Hamilton, who was aggressive, circled for the first takedown and got a 3-point nearfall for a 5-0 first-period lead. Hamilton got another 3-point nearfall after starting up in the second, though he couldn't turn Elliott for the pin.
Page 2 of 2 - "That was the best he wrestled all year," Terry said of Hamilton. "Just mentally, I think he was ready to go."
Hamilton also won his first match against Rose Hill using a strong power half move.
"I just came out confident tonight," Hamilton said. "I had beaten the Rose Hill kid before, and then for the Mulvane kid, I had come off a big win and had the adrenaline going and just carried it on through."
Colton Clayborn (152) slipped a headlock by Mulvane senior Joe Targos for a reversal that led to a half move and eventually a pin. The win gave the Orioles a 25-16 lead. Clayborn also was 2-0 on the night.
Mulvane won the next two bouts to tie it 25-25, which included a 5-0 win by senior Kolby Fennewald (170) against Jacob Hill in a defensive match. But Wright Bosley (182) won a fast-paced match with a third-period pin to reclaim the lead for the Orioles.
"It was conditioning," Bosley said was the difference in the match.
Bosley, who has placing at State on his mind this season, earlier had defeated Rose Hill's Drew Rodman despite falling behind. Rodman tried using his long arms and hands to agitate Bosley. Rodman got a takedown and 2-point nearfall before Bosley scored a late reversal in the first period. He later got Rodman turned for a pin in the second period.
"You just got to get in your zone, don't worry about what he's doing. Focus on what you're doing," Bosley said about the bout.
Colby Willis (195) scored an early takedown and won scrambles twice to stay on top against Mulvane's Tanner Cusick. He later scored another takedown after defending a shot well and held on for a 5-2 win.
Chance Runnion (220) and Jake Ehrlich (285) both won their matches with pins to seal the dual.
Augusta won't wrestle against until January.