It was your typical barn burner.
When the Maplewood Tigers came to Union City Wednesday for a Region 3 wrestling contest, it came right down to the wire – and then some.
When the matches were finished, the score was tied at 34-34.
Then it came down to a criteria call.
That criteria awarded the win to the team with the greatest number of falls.
The Maplewood Tigers had four falls; the Union City Bears had two.
The Tigers went home with a 35-34 victory.
“We tried to get all of our boys to finish their matches with pins, obviously,” said Maplewood’s first-year coach Chris Andrews. “Tonight, we did a good job of finishing our matches.”
Maplewood had pins at 106, 126, 138 and 172 pounds.
Union City had pins at 152 and 160 pounds.
The match started at 132 pounds, and Union City got off to a good start when Hayden Hebner won a 27-13 major decision over Michael Wickstrom for a 4-0 Union City lead. It didn’t take long, though, for Maplewood to catch up. At 138, Andrew Proper’s pin gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead.
Union City’s pins by Clay Thomas at 152 and Steven Klakamp at 160 gave the Bears a 22-6 lead.
Then Maplewood mounted its comeback. The Tigers reeled off wins at 172 and 189 to cut the lead to 22-17. Union City then bounced back with a forfeit win at 215 for a 28-17 lead. But Koby Willison’s tech fall at 285 pounds brought the Tigers to within six points 28-22.
At 106, Maplewood’s Cadyn Shetler knotted the score at 28 all with a pin. A double forfeit at 113 left the score all tied up. At 120 pounds, Union City’s forfeit win again gave the Bears the advantage, 34-28.
That’s when it all came down to the wire.
Going into the last bout at 126 pounds, anything but a Maplewood pin would still give Union City the win.
But the Tigers roared and it wasn’t to be. Chase Blakes stepped up for Maplewood, leading 7-0 over Austin Brown before pinning the Bear in 2:17.
The Tigers had the most pins and the win by criteria.
“It was a good match. I tip my hat to Maplewood,” Union City coach Fred Caro said. “They’ve got a young team. We’ve both got a young team. I’ve still got a couple of kids to get back in the lineup. When I’ve got a full lineup, I’m happy with what we do. When you give up seven forfeits like we did to Corry last week, it’s hard to win; it’s hard to be competitive.”
Maplewood 35 Union City 34
132: Hayden Hebner (UC) maj. dec. Michael Wickstrom, 27-13; 138: Andrew Proper (M) pinned Daithin Kent, 1:42; 145: Zachary Beckwith (UC) won by forfeit; 152: Clay Thomas (UC) pinned Zayne Smith, 2:39; 160: Steven Klakamp (UC) pinned Levi Willison, 1:53; 172: Gregory Roae (M) pinned Drake Applequist, 1:02; 189: Logan Gross (M) tech fall Kody Carr, 16-0; 215: Mason Haskel (UC) won by forfeit; 285: Koby Willison (M) tech fall Olivia Kernohan, 15-0. 106: Cadyn Shetler (M) pinned Ashton Schmitt, 3:50; 113: Double forfeit; 120: Marcus Irwin (UC) won by forfeit; 126: Chase Blake (M) pinned Austin Brown, 2:17.
Maplewood 5-5, 3-2; Union City 3-7, 0-5