Mount Vernon scores dual meet win over Westerville South in OCC

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Mount Vernon 42, Westerville South 34
The Mount Vernon High School wrestling team spotted host Westerville South
an early 18-0 lead before storming back for a 42-34 win Thursday. The Yellow Jackets improve to 2-0 following the OCC-Cardinal Division
win, while the Wildcats fall to 0-2 in the division. Mount Vernon returns to action this weekend at the Mary E. Kerr Invitational at Toledo Waite High School. South will participate in the Heath Invitational on Saturday.


WESTERVILLE – The Mount Vernon High School wrestling team spotted Westerville South an early 18-0 lead before storming back for a 42-34 win on Thursday at South.

The Yellow Jackets improve to 2-0 following the OCC-Cardinal Division win and the Wildcats fall to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the division.

Mount Vernon returns to action this weekend, as it will compete in the Mary E. Kerr Invitational at Toledo Waite High School.

South will participate in the Heath Invitational Dual Meet Tournament on Saturday.

Olentangy, Mount Vernon and Worthington Kilbourne are tied for first place in the division at 2-0. The Yellow Jackets will host Kilbourne on Thursday and Olentangy on Feb. 7 in the OCC-Cardinal finale.

“I’d like to meet Olentangy undefeated,” Mount Vernon coach John Brown said. “We meet them at the end of the year at our place. I’d love to be undefeated at that time. We still have Kilbourne. They have beaten South already (52-20 on Jan. 10). We have them next weekend. They are pretty solid, so that’s not a given. We have Pickerington (Central) after that, which I think it still strong.”

Mount Vernon is ranked seventh in the latest area coaches poll behind Central Crossing, Teays Valley, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard Davidson, Marysville and Olentangy, and ahead of Hilliard Darby, Pickerington North, Upper Arlington and Watkins Memorial.

An improving South squad used it talented upperweights to race out to the early lead against Mount Vernon.

Pins by Dan Miller at 145 pounds (1:13), Nick Adams at 152 (3:00) and Tony Speakman at 160 (3:14) vaulted South to a quick advantage.

After David Allnut pulled the visitors to within 18-6 with a pin at 171 (1:49), South senior leader Earl Davis helped his team reopen a 24-6 cushion with an 18-9 win against Rex Little at 189.

Mount Vernon kicked off its comeback after pins by Dane Cullen at 215 (3:00) and Ian Mizer at heavyweight (1:49) to close within 22-18.

Promising South freshman Ryan Ouzts collected his team’s final win on the mat when he pinned Dillon Pauley at 103 (3:43), giving the hosts a 28-18 lead.

Mount Vernon scored the next 18 points to storm ahead 36-28.

Matt Belcher kicked off the decisive comeback by beating Chris Lawson by technical fall 16-1 at 112.

Mason Smith then needed just 36 seconds to pin Ryan Myers at 119 and Kenny Henault defeated Adam Holbein 13-2 at 125 to give the Yellow Jackets their first lead at 33-28. Mount Vernon would never trail again.

“You don’t like to fall behind 0-18 because you don’t know how your team is going to react,” Mount Vernon coach John Brown said. “Your team can make mistakes, try too hard, a lot of those things can happen. I knew when we were starting at 145 we were starting at the strength of their lineup.

“What I’m impressed with is we didn’t fold, they didn’t pressure too hard and make the big mistakes. They stayed focus on what they should do and came back.”

Hunter Kahrl sealed the win for the visitors when he beat Mitchell Arthur 5-1 at 130.

The teams traded forfeits at 135 and 140.

“Everybody stepped up,” South coach George Crooks said. “We had some nice surprises. Getting a pin at 103 was real nice. We started out great from the middle of the lineup all the way up until 215 we had done real well. The guys worked hard, we had a good week of practice and we have a lot of young kids, so this will be a good experience for them.”

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