Forsyth nearly shuts out West on the mat

2013-01-24T21:30:00Z 2013-01-25T00:02:05Z Forsyth nearly shuts out West on the matBy JOHN LETASKY jletasky@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

On paper, Forsyth looked to be outmanned in Thursday's night's wrestling dual against Billings West.

But on the mat, the Dogies never believe they are outgunned.

Despite giving up five weight classes, the two-time defending state B-C champion Dogies won seven of eight matches wrestled in overpowering the Class AA Golden Bears 50-30 at the West gym.

"I don't know if we were expecting to make that sweep but we were expecting to win," said sophomore Logan Harms, who claimed the night's fast pin of 38 seconds at 130 pounds. "The way we did it was fantastic."

Matt Weber, Class B-C's top-ranked individual at 125 pounds, was up 2-0 on a takedown before pinning Nate Richardson in 1:25. From there, it was all Dogies until West's Jake Leinwand, who looked very determined on the mat, won by fall at 189 pounds.

Harms followed Weber's pinfall victory with his own, sticking Thomas Sawatske in 38 seconds. Harms explained that when one gets an opponent in trouble, they have to follow through while the opponent is still searching for their wits.

"A lot of times you come in off the takedown and look for the pinning combination," he said.

When senior Frank Marcy pinned Jordan Jacobson at 3:40 at 171 he was leading 7-3 and it gave the Dogies a 44-0 advantage. At that point, Forsyth had won five matches by pin, one by technical fall and a decision, plus grabbed six points when West forfeited at 145.

Marcy said he used a head trap and armbar for his pin.

"I just kind of wrestled him down and got him to his back and squeezed hard," he said. "His left shoulder was up for awhile. I was off-balance and adjusted and squeezed hard to get his shoulders down."

 Also claiming victories by fall for the Dogies were Luke Weber (135) and Chris Nile (152). Luke Weber is top-ranked in B-C at 130 and Nile at 145.

  Brandon Weber -- the No. 1 wrestler in his class at 152 -- scored just before the buzzer sounded to give himself a 15-0 technical fall victory over JR Slotsve at 160.

Brandon Weber is a junior, Matt Weber a sophomore and Luke Weber a freshman. All three are Forsyth coach Scott Weber's sons.

The best match of the night was between Forsyth's Taylor French and West's Koby Reyes at 140, despite several stops in the match due to a French's bloody nose. French, who is top-ranked at 135 and a two-time state champion and one-time runner-up, claimed a 5-3 decision over Reyes, ranked second in AA at 140.

 "We do that to get those tough matches. That is what we expected. Koby is a stud," Forsyth coach Scott Weber said, explaining French welcomed the bump in weight for a challenging match. "We figured it would be a really good match for Taylor."

With the win, Forsyth improved to 13-2 in duals. The Dogies were coming off a 7-0 performance at the Conrad Duals. West dropped to 13-12.

The Dogies are usually open at 98, 105 and 112. And at heavyweight, sophomore Dylan Bell broke his arm at the CMR Holiday Classic, leaving that spot vacant as well. Counting Bell, Forsyth has 13 members on its roster. On Thursday, they were also missing top-ranked 119-pounder Colt McDaniel, who was ill said coach Weber.

Senior Cody Lawson (215) and freshman Tristian Busch (145) won by forfeit for the Dogies. Coach Weber noted that French, Marcy and Lawson -- three of four seniors on the team -- all have over 30 wins.

West is scheduled to face Butte and Bozeman in Butte on Saturday. Forsyth is entered in the Hardin Invitational Saturday.

"We're going there to win it," said Marcy.

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