Nick Turner believes that Spencer Rochelle's 11-9 come-from-behind decision at 145 pounds should epitomize Shawnee High School wrestling.
Rochelle found himself down 9-4 after two periods but made a magnificent comeback, including a thrilling near-fall in the final 10 seconds to secure the two-point win as the Wolves went on to claim a 49-27 dual victory over Normanat the SHS Performing Arts and Athletic Center Tuesday night.
“That is Shawnee wrestling,” said Shawnee head coach Nick Turner. “It was alumni night. That's what we're all about and that is what Spencer Rochelle is. It's about conditioning and mental toughness...the belief in his training and trusting his shape.”
The dual victory was the first for new head coach Nick Turner as the Wolves evened their record at 1-1.
The Rochelle victory was followed by an exciting fall at 152 pounds by Shawnee's Johnny Taber over Aydin Matahane in 1:53.
“Johnny is a good kid and at time has had some issues. I made mistakes but my coaches continued to believe in me and I eventually produced,” Turner said. “(Matahane) is probably the best wrestler on that team and Johnny went out there and stuck him.”
Turner was also pleased with what he calls his “Murderers' Row” of Angelo Reyes at 126 pounds, Jordan Lomeli at 132 and Jose Cervantes at 138.
“It's always good to have them win back-to-back-to-back like that,” said Turner.
Reyes won by a major decision over Chris Anderson, 16-6, before consecutive pins by Lomeli and Cervantes. Lomeli pinned Mason Meiser in 4:51 and Cervantes won via fall over Cason Deyalsingh in 4:42.
Shawnee had three other falls in the dual. Christien Taylor pinned Manuel Valdez at 113 pounds to tie up the dual at 6-6 after Taylor had a 5-0 lead. Kyle Helie got a fall in 1:51 at 182 pounds to vault the Wolves into a 43-15 advantage. At 195, Shawnee's Logan Cash made quick work of Mason Warmuth in just 36 seconds to make it 49-15.
The Wolves' other six points came when Brenner James won by a forfeit at 120 pounds.
Notes: The Shawnee High School wrestling program honored numerous alumni wrestlers who were in attendance and introduced to the crowd. They also recognized the ailing Hyo Sung Kim, who was a 1990 graduate and 1988 and 1999 state champion for the Wolves. Kim, who was unable to attend, has pulmonary fibrosis and received two new lungs last week, according to Turner. “We want to emulate his fight and we tried to pay tribute to those who came before us. Those are big shoes to fill, but exciting for us,” Turner said. Turner also praised the fervent crowd. “They were so loud and it gets you to battle harder,” said Turner. “Everyone did a really good job of supporting us and it gave us that extra boost.”...Shawnee is at home again Thursday as it it hosts Piedmont in another dual at the PAAC. The varsity action is set to begin around 7 p.m. or little after.