First Posted: 1/14/2014
Just days earlier, Nick Luzetski felt the disappointment of being unable to produce the clinching win in a one-point division wrestling loss to Crestwood.
Then, after Lake-Lehman mounted a comeback Monday night, the Dallas senior was surprised to find himself in position to clinch a win over the team’s biggest rival in the last bout of the night.
Luzetski recovered from an early takedown to pin Tyler Kolb in 1:47 of their 152-pound bout and lift the visiting Mountaineers to a 40-30 victory.
“It did put a lot of pressure on me,” Luzetski said. “It was something I never thought was going to happen.”
Luzetski thought the Mountaineers were on their way to clinching the win before he took the mat. While Dallas did have three forfeits, Lake-Lehman won the four bouts that were actually decided on the mat in the seven that preceded Luzetski.
Although he has posted a winning record in his first year in the lineup after resuming a sport he competed in while in junior high, Luzetski was stung by the loss to Crestwood.
“That was not fun,” he said.
Still, he kept his composure when Kolb scored a quick takedown.
“I’m not the best in neutral,” Luzetski said. “I’m usually more of a top and bottom wrestler.”
Dallas coach Mike Richards was also confident in Luzetski, who could have even clinched the team win if he kept his bout close while losing a decision.
“He has a strategy when he wrestles,” Richards said. “If he gets taken down, he’s not too concerned.”
Luzetski’s pin clinched the victory at the end, but Dallas never trailed and got some of its most important points early.
Logan Brace overcame an early deficit then broke a tie with a third-period escape to edge Bobby Wright, 6-5, in the opening bout at 160.
After Connor Martinez shut out Tommy Williams, 14-0, at 170, Cole Dixon downed Derek Dragon, 6-1, at 182 for an early 10-0 Dallas lead.
“Those were big wins for us at 160 and 182,” Richards said. “They helped us a lot. They could have gone either way.”
Brady Butler opened a 4-0 lead 17 seconds into the second period and held on for a 4-2 win over Domenic Oliveri at 195 and Phil Hettes followed with a second-period pin at 220 to bring Lake-Lehman within, 10-9.
Ryan Monk scored a pin for Dallas in 25 seconds at 285 and the first of the forfeits increased the lead to 22-9.
Lake-Lehman then did the most it could with the wrestlers it had available, alternating pins from R.J. Driscoll (113), Jayke Tomolonis (126) and Austin Harry (138) around the remaining forfeits to remain alive going into the last two bouts.
Lake-Lehman’s Jesse Tomolonis rallied in the third period to defeat Adam Litchkowski, 4-3, at 145 and create the decisive final bout.
“Hats off to Dallas,” Lake-Lehman coach Tom Williams said. “They had their kids where they needed to be to fill the lineup.
“We lost a couple of bouts early that put us in a hole that was hard to dig out from.”