Proving that South Whidbey wrestlers are the toughest anywhere, no matter what their size, the Falcons’ smallest wrestler took the weight of the entire team on his shoulders Thursday and carried it.
Having given up four forfeits in a nip-and-tuck meet with the Sultan Turks, the Falcons needed a win out of 103-pound sophomore Phil Schorr to bolster their 33-22 lead late in the competition. Without it, the meet was over, despite six bout wins earlier in the night.
Riding a wave of wins stretching back before the holidays, Schorr did not disappoint. He won by technical fall when he outpointed Sultan’s Howard and gave his team the five points it needed to take its seventh dual meet of the year.
By winning, Schorr and the night’s other Falcon winners furthered their reputation as the team to beat in the post season. With his eyes focused on the district tournament later next month, Falcon Coach Mike Crebbin said said other coaches are talking.
“They’re getting noticed now,” he said of his wrestlers.
As they should. Also winning in impressive style against the Turks were Sean Noste, Andy Wills, Justin Admiral, Chris Hahn, and Brandon Hern. Noste, who came up for the junior varsity team to wrestle at 152 pounds in the stead of an injured Ben Harris, was steady and unstoppable. He outpointed the Turks’ Gillio 15-5 before pinning him with 30 seconds left in the match.
“He was definitely in control,” Crebbin said.
Wills also saved his pinning ability until late in his bout, reversing out of a crouch to roll his opponent over for the fall.
Just as notable was Hern’s win, which came at 215 pounds. Still undefeated for the season, the 189-pound senior moved up a weight class to snare an easy, first-round fall against a heavier opponent.
The Falcons will come home for their final appearance in Erikson Gymnasium this season when they wrestle Thursday against Granite Falls. The team canceled a Jan. 26 home match against Port Townsend.