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Bosley lights up Senior Night at Arlington HS
An emotional senior night could have turned disappointing for the Arlington Eagles wrestling team on Jan. 17.
Several early matches against Marysville were lost in the late moments, frustrating the team and Coach Doug Byers. But the tide began to turn as the evening wore on and emotions exploded when Jesse Bosley pinned Marysvilles Phillip Klein 40 seconds into the first round of their match.
Bosleys parents, seated by the side of the mat to watch their son in his last home meet, joined in the celebration as Bosley hopped up following his pin and pumped his fist in an exuberant display of emotion. The pin energized the crowd and the entire Arlington team as well as sealed the overall match win for Arlington.
It wasnt, however, Arlingtons only impressive performance. Several members of the team won convincingly over their Marysville counterparts to lead an all-around 40-18 victory. Nathan Shortt won his match at 135 after slamming Jake Lervold to the mat early in the first round. The slam gave Lervold a concussion and he was helped from the mat by trainers. Marysvilles coach Craig Iversen told the referee he believed the slam was legal and not intended to hurt Lervold, giving Shortt the decision by forfeit.
Chris Myers continued his strong season with an incredible pin a mere 24 seconds into the first round of his match at 160 pounds. The speedy Myers rolled his opponent Mitch Johnson over onto his back almost immediately to start the match, from there it became a war of attrition as Myers held Johnson down. Johnson wriggled violently trying to escape but expended all of his energy in a matter of seconds. Myers then took advantage of the exhausted Johnson and pinned him.
Another exciting match took place at 145 pounds where Dom Mangini coolly dismantled Devin Madonia to win 6-1. The pair fought to a standstill after one round with no clean takedowns. In the second stanza Mangini fell behind after allowing an escape but quickly retook the lead with a clever takedown. Mangini worked Madonia over into a near-fall position for what appeared to be the clinching points of the match. He lead 4-1 after two rounds. In the third round Mangini got a clear reversal for the final two points of the match.
Many of the lower weight matches went the full three rounds, with close results for both teams. At 140 pounds Matt Hale battled Matt McChesnesy the entire way, holding on for a 9-6 decision. Steven White likewise went six minutes with Luke Shumaker, winning handily 15-2. Toward the end of the third period the Arlington bench was howling at White to achieve a 15-point victory for a technical fall, but Shumaker refused to budge from his low position on the mat and White settled for four points.
Another tight match took place at 119 pounds, where Kellen Haynes went back and forth with the Tomahawks Brandon Blevins. Haynes got the better of Blevins in the early first round, leading 4-1 on the strength of two takedowns. But Blevins kept coming and led 7-5 after two rounds, nearly pinning Haynes at one point. To start the third period Haynes managed an escape and followed it up with a crucial takedown to reclaim the lead 8-7. Later leading 10-9 with only seconds remaining, Haynes clinched the victory with a late match takedown to win 12-9.
Arlingtons overall performance on senior night was exceptional, cementing their status as third in the league, and a good sign headed into the important late season matches.