Tigers skunk Bison on senior night

Friday, February 2, 2007
Nevada senior Drew Shepherd gives one last push just before pinning Buffalo's Dominic Jaramillo during Thursday's dual at Wynn Gymnasium. Shepherd, usually a 119-pounder who was wrestling at 125, was one of 10 Tigers to earn falls as Nevada dominated the overmatched Bison, 84-0. The other four Nevada wrestlers won by forfeit.

By Joe Warren

Nevada Daily Mail

NEVADA, Mo. -- For those who showed up late looking for the Nevada-Buffalo wrestling match at Wynn Gymnasium Thursday, they were out of luck.

Senior Matt Kennedy breaks down Buffalo's Kenny Schwegman during their 145-pound match at Wynn Gym Thursday. Kennedy needed all of 35 seconds to pin Schwegman, the quickest of Nevada's 10 pins in the match.

With only two JV matches and only one varsity match lasting past the first round, the Nevada Tigers pulled off a rare 84-0 drubbing of the Buffalo Bison.

In their final dual match of the season, the Tigers (8-1) earned pins in all 10 of the varsity matches that were wrestled. Buffalo had four open weights as well, so Nevada earned the maximum points per contest in those also.

The 84 points are the most possible by a team in a dual match. Nevada head coach Kevin Huck said it was a new experience for him.

Senior Nick Nelson closes in on earning a fall against Buffalo's Tanner Harris at 135 pounds. Nelson's win started the team dual, one that had Nevada winning by 84 points, the most possible in a 14-match dual meet.

"This is the first time I've ever coached one that's been 84-0," Huck said. "This is a good momentum builder on the way to Diamond."

The Tigers finish the regular season with a tournament in Diamond Saturday. The district wrestling tournament is Feb. 10, in Harrisonville.

Nine of the 10 matches resulted in Nevada earning a first round pin. The only exception came at 125 pounds, where Nevada's Drew Shepherd battled Buffalo's Dominic Jaramillo.

Tiger freshman Dominic Habjan is seconds away from pinning Chris Pickens at 103 pounds. Pickens, like the rest of the Bison grapplers, was no match for the stronger, quicker Tigers.

Shepherd, a 119-pounder who was wrestling up in weight, almost went down to a pin in the first period when Jaramillo got him on his back. But the senior fought hard and eventually worked his way outside the circle for a restart, and then he took control of the match.

Shepherd dug himself a 5-0 hole in the opening period, but was up 8-6 before the period ended.

The lead was 14-6 going into the third period, and Shepherd eventually wore down Jaramillo for a pin with 1:42 left in the match.

"We put Drew up (to 125) tonight, because it's senior night," Huck said. Buffalo didn't have a wrestler at 119, and Huck wanted Shepherd to have one more match in front of the home crowd.

"I felt his technique was good enough for him to overcome (the weight difference), and he did," Huck said. "But it was a little scary."

Nevada's other two seniors, Nick Nelson and Matt Kennedy, were among the nine who secured first-round pins.

Nelson, wrestling at 135, started the match with a pin of Buffalo's Tanner Harris. Nelson needed only 58 seconds to take the victory.

Kennedy, a 145-pounder, was even quicker. He needed only 35 seconds to earn a fall over Kenny Schwegman.

Josh Palmer, Cole Bond, Tyler Werner, Lawrence Shouse, Spenser Daniels, Jerrod Alexander and Dominic Habjan also won by fall.

Ryan Herda, Mason Heard, Scotty Bough and Todd Brier won by forfeit.

Palmer beat Chad Payne at 140, needing 1:06 to get the pin.

Bond needed a little more time with Andy Hoover at 152. Bond seemed to toy with Hoover, taking him down and cutting him loose for most of the first period, building an 11-3 lead before pinning him with only 2.7 seconds left in the opening round.

Werner got the pin in 54 seconds, toppling Kurtis Beckman at 160.

Shouse pinned James Estep at 171 pounds, needing only 49 seconds to do so.

Daniels had a similar tactic to Bond, working on some moves for much of the first round while building a 10-3 lead before getting the pin with 31 seconds left. Daniels beat Travis Hurd at 189.

Alexander beat Aaron Stadler in the heavyweight class. Alexander needed only 1:26 to do so.

Habjan topped Chris Pickens at 103, getting the fall in 1:32.

The Diamond tournament is Nevada's last chance to make good impressions before the district seeding meeting, which is Wednesday.

"We should get some pretty good seeds," Huck said.

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