Albion matmen pin rival Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Justyn Haines works toward a match clinching win over Medina’s Brett Pecoraro during the Purple Eagles victory over the Mustangs this evening.

Six pins sparked Albion to a 45-37 victory over visiting rival Medina this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League wrestling match.

Aaron Burnside (138), Justyn Haines (160), Ed Wolfe (170), Kollin Reynolds (195), Dylan Burkhardt (220) and Austin Klein (285) all registered pins for Albion which improves to 2-2 in N-O competition.

Brennen Callara (106) notched the only pin for Medins which is also at 2-2 in N-O action.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Charles Beach in route to an overtime win over Albion’s Aaron Mulroy.

Lightning quick pins by Wolfe in just 18 seconds and Burkhardt in 25 seconds along with a first period fall by Klein in 1:26 and a second period pin by Reynolds in 2:36 sparked Albion out to a 24-3 lead at the outset.

Medina’s only points in the early going came on an overtime decision win by Charles Beach (180).

The Mustangs though did rally into what proved to be a short lived 33-24 lead after a second period pin by Callara followed by three forfeit wins.

The lead then sea-sawed back and forth three more times over the next four bouts.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Kollin Reynolds works toward a pin over Medina’s Ryan Kruger.

First, Albion went back up 36-33 after a forfeit win and a first period pin by Burnside in 1:03.

Medina then regained the lead for the last time at 37-36 after a major decision win by Ben Howell (145).

However, the last lead change and the victory belonged to Albion.

A decision win by Brandon Brown (152) put the Purple Eagles back on top to stay at 39-37 and Haines followed up with a second period pin in the final bout to put a lock on the victory.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brennen Callara in route to a pin over Albion’s Jordan Wolcott.

In the other N-O matches, defending champion Akron (3-0) defeated Barker/Roy-Hart (1-3) 57-15 and Newfane (3-0) romped past Wilson (0-4) 78-6.

In a Genesee Region League match, Tom Follman and Devin Joy both had pins and Alex Murphy a technical fall win for host Lyndonville in a loss to Attica.