Earlier in the week, first-year McDowell Titan wrestling coach Justin Snethen said he couldn’t wait to see the Titans on the mat against the East Rutherford Cavaliers, for whom he had served as an assistant the past four years.
The Titans didn’t let the new coach down.
McDowell took advantage of several forfeits and cruised past the Cavaliers 62-18 in the season opener at home Thursday night. East Rutherford only scored three wins on the mat, one of them via injury default.
Meanwhile, the Titans took forfeits at four weight classes and got pins at six others en route to the dominating victory.
“We wrestled really tough,” said Snethan. “There is still room to improve. We will keep working hard and hopefully make it to states.”
Kyler Padgett (113 pounds) pinned East Rutherford’s Sean Champion; Toby Finn (132) pinned Gerard Logan; Thomas Laws (138) pinned Alan Lopez; Preston Dennison (152) pinned Peyton Frazier; Dalton Byerly (170) pinned Parker Hodge; and Jesse Barrier (182) pinned David Hice.
Tito Landaverdy (145) scored a decision win over East Rutherford’s Cole Scoggins. McDowell’s Mason Collins (106), Joseph Thomas (120), Alldyn Conley (126) and Trevor Kettles (220) picked up forfeit wins.
East Rutherford’s Austin Strange pinned Shane Purvis at 195 and heavyweight Jesse Mitchell pinned the Titans’ Deven Harwood. East also got a win at 160 where McDowell standout Josh Morgan suffered a shoulder injury and defaulted to Taylor Thorn.
Snethen said Morgan was still sore as of Friday morning. “He says he doesn’t have full range yet but hopefully, he will be in action again and it was just hyper-extended,” Snethen said.
McDowell competed in the Dakota Smith Invitational at South Caldwell Saturday, but results were not available at press time. The Titans are at the North Henderson Knight Invitational next Wednesday.