JERSEY SHORE - Jersey Shore head coach Shawn Weaver was concerned about the flip of the disc to determine the choice in either the odd or even bouts Thursday night vs. Milton.
With the dual meet starting at 220, Weaver wanted to have the choice in the odd bouts, and he got that. However, in the end, it didn't really matter as Weaver's Bulldogs pounded the Black Panthers 51-25 to remain unbeaten for the season.
"That (winning the toss) was definitely fortunate for us," said Weaver. "I don't like to forfeit to anybody and Solomon is tough and I wanted to give him a match. With (Nate) Caputo out that is what we had to do, especially starting at 220. Had it come down to the end and you know the match is in hand, then obviously you give him a match and have one of your wrestlers wrestle a good kid. It was just good to be able to decide what our hand was going to be from the beginning."
The first three weight classes saw forfeits awarded with the Bulldogs picking up two of the three. Allen Saar gave the Bulldogs their first on-the-mat win at 113 with a 14-4 major decision over Michael Boyd before Coy Killion won a forfeit at 120.
With the forfeits all out of the way, Shore won five of the last nine bouts, picking up bonus points in all five bouts.
"I thought the guys wrestled pretty well," said Weaver. "Going into this weekend I was hoping that we would be a little sharper in some areas. We have some guys who are doing too much rolling around and they just need to tighten some things up more than anything."
The weekend Weaver referred to happens this Saturday when the Bulldogs play host to a good field of teams in the 2013 version of the Jersey Shore Duals.
"I am excited about this year's duals," said Weaver. "It is probably the toughest field we have had from top to bottom. We have one team coming in that finished in the top eight in the POWERade tournament, Greensburg-Salem is 9-1 and I believe their only loss is to Canon McMillan. Western Wayne is a District II team that has a ton of guys back and they are having a nice year at 14-2.
"If memory serves me correctly, I believe the top eight teams in this year's duals are something like 110 and 20 so there are a lot of dual meet wins in there so we are definitely going to be tested. Conditioning is going to be big because in a regular tournament, few guys get a chance to wrestle five times in one day. It is a long grueling day so we just have to be ready to go."
Weaver expected Caputo can wrestle Saturday.
220: Ryan Solomon (M) won by forfeit; 285: Jake Caputo (JS) won by forfeit; 106: Noah Ulmer (JS) won by forfeit; 113: Allen Saar (JS) major dec. Michael Boyd, 14-4; 120: Coy Killion (JS) won by forfeit; 126: Colton Killion (JS) pinned Hunter Snyder, 3:09; 132: Zack Bennett (M) dec. Hayden Swartwood, 6-3; 138: Austin White (JS) tech fall Taylor Houtz, 16-1 (5:29); 145: Zak Herman (JS) pinned James Jones, :49; 152: Ryan Preisch (M) pinned Spencer Lane, :46; 160: Brandon Stokes (M) major dec. Curtis Welch, 14-3; 170: Utoah Agae-Naipa (JS) pinned Grant Wargo, 5:39; 182: Gage Heller (M) pinned Logan English, 1:32; 195: Nate Lose (JS) pinned Sergei Shek, 2:22
Records: Milton 2-5, 2-4 HAC-I; Jersey Shore 7-0, 5-0.