In a precursor to the Cougars-Eagles varsity wrestling matchup on January 29, the Northeast and Chesapeake JV wrestling teams squared off, with Northeast winning over its rival, 30-18.
Eagle heavyweight Eric Zheng opened the match with a second-round pin of Aiden Rivas to give Northeast a 6-0 lead.
At 160, Chesapeake’s Kevin Skipper and Northeast’s Denis Steinhelm faced one another in a competitive bout. They traded shots and takedowns in the first round, and then both scored reversals in the second. Skipper led 10-8 in the third round when he came up with a pin to take the bout and tie that match at 6-6.
Tyler Brown regained control for Northeast in his 113 bout with Chesapeake’s Zack Downey. Brown built a lead through the first round and led 7-0 when he caught Downey for a pin and a 12-6 Northeast lead.
Chesapeake’s Dawson Hoover brought the Cougars back level with a pin of Northeast’s Sarah Underwood at 103.
Next came an exciting bout at 120 between Chesapeake’s Kennen Kopf and Northeast’s Max Uptograph. Kopf built a 7-2 lead by the end of the first round and seemed to be on his way to a relatively comfortable victory. But Uptograph came charging back, controlling the second round to get to within 8-5. He kept scoring and taking chances in the third round, and the wrestlers were knotted at 12-12 after six minutes. Kopf managed an overtime takedown to reclaim the lead once and for all with a 14-12 decision that gave Chesapeake a 15-12 advantage.
Northeast’s Wyatt Newman did his part to get the Eagles back in front in a separate 120 match with Chesapeake’s Scotty Githens. The pair were tied 2-2 after one round, and Githens held a 4-2 advantage after two rounds. Newman led 6-4 in the third round when he forced Githens onto his back for a pin and an 18-15 Northeast lead.
Chesapeake’s Blake Jarmer and Northeast’s Trevor Poole staged a great battle at 126. Poole nearly caught Jarmer for a pin in the first round, but Jarmer burst out of the hold. Jarmer fought from 4-1 down to tie the match at 4-4, but Poole regained a 6-4 lead in the third round with a takedown. Down to the closing seconds, Jarmer got an escape and a takedown to pull out a 7-6 decision and tie the match at 18-18.
In an exhibition heavyweight match, Northeast’s Austin Lane pinned Rivas in the second round.
Northeast seized control of the match in the final two bouts. At 160, Steinhelm returned to the mat to face Chesapeake’s Sean Thompson. Steinhelm earned a first-round pin to put the Eagles ahead 24-18.
At 114, the Eagles’ Aiden Dyke wrangled Downey for a first-round pin to close out the match and secure Northeast’s 30-18 victory.