Spencer wins team championship at Nathan Rustin tournament

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerDecember 28, 2013 

Spencer ran away with the team championship Saturday with six first place finishes as the Greenwave took the title in the 41st Nathan Rustin Wrestling Tournament held at the Pacelli gym.

The Greenwave amassed 213.5 points, a big 79.5 point difference from Pike County, who finished second. Spencer won by also getting three second place finishes, two thirds and one fourth place as well.

In addition to the team title, Spencer coach Robert Sanders won the outstanding coach award and the Greenwave's Tuyen Bowles was named the outstanding wrestler for the tournament.

The Gary Silva sportsmanship award, named after the long time local wrestling referee, was won by Pike County's Dan Wornstaff.

Bowles, who lost in the finals of the Hardaway tournament held on the 21st, was happier about his performance at Pacelli.

"After I lost in the Hardaway tournament, I started putting in more work," said Bowles after pinning his opponent to take the 132-pount weight class title. "I felt I needed to get a lower base and be more aggressive and take the first shot rather than reacting. I won here last year and wanted to make sure I matched that."

Spencer coach Sanders was also pleased with his team's performance in the lighter weight classes. Four of the Greenwave wrestlers won by pins in the first six weight classes.

"I felt we had a strong team in the bigger weights, but the guys in the lighter weight classes did a great job for us." Said Sanders after his team took the first place trophy.

"I took as many wrestlers as I could into this tournament because we have area duals next weekend in Monticello. I think we are beginning to jell as a team which is good right here at tournament time," he added.

Host Pacelli's top wrestler was Matt Hogan, who pinned Harris County's Heath Suich to win the individual title in the 120 weight class.

"I knew he was a good wrestler and I would have to be ready. I actually lost to his big brother a couple of years ago. But I listened to my coaches and worked on getting better, even practicing at home," said Hogan after the match.

"What I want is to go to state and bring back a ring," he added.TEAM TOTALS

Spencer 213.5, Pike Co. 134, Irwin Co. 128.5, Jordan 106, Pacelli 74, Spencer JV 71, Harris Co. 70, Extra Wrestlers 11

INDIVIDUAL FINALS

106-Chris Drake (HC) def. Ahmad Turner (S), pin

112-Brenna Banks (PC) def. Gilbert Dow (J), 12-0

120-Matt Hogan (P) def. Heath Suich (HC) pin

126-Deauntre Stringer (S) def. Morgan Mitchell (IC), pin

132-Tuyen Bowles (S) def. Heath Suich (HC), pin

138-Tavarus Norman (S) def. Griffin Walker (IC), pin

145-Evan Paulk (IC) def. Nate Chapman (HC), 15-4

152-DJ Pollard (IC) def. D'Arius Williams (J), 9-7

160-Yakariel Judah (S) def. Michael Herrera (P), pin

170-Dan Wornstaff (PC) def. Curtis Chesser (J), 6-4

182-Joshua Sampson (S) def. Jayson Sims (S), pin

195-Jasaad Sims (S) def. Andrew Ward (PC), pin

220-Micah Powers (IC) def. Daimeyon Taylor (S), pin

285-Raymond Browder (J) def. Christopher Backe (S), pin

Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Deauntre Stringer as Deavontre.

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