MOUNT VERNON — It came down to the final match of the night. But the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets, ranked second in the Central District in the latest coaches poll, pulled off a home victory over Olentangy Orange, 34-24, in Thursday’s wrestling dual.
With the team score at 28-24, Mount Vernon’s Lucas Staten knew he had to avoid a major decision loss to Evan Saloom to earn a victory for his team. Staten attacked his man, getting two takedowns and two near-falls in the first period. He eventually earned a pinfall at 3:04 — the only pinfall for the Jackets on the night.
It almost wasn’t so close. Two matches — both won by the Pioneers — were each decided by two points.
The opening match saw Mount Vernon’s Kyle Daniels (160 pounds) fall well behind against Orange’s Ben Dodson. Daniels mounted a furious comeback in the third but fell short, 15-13. Later, Andy Upton (220) had arguably the most competitive match of the night with Orange’s Nick Lee. The lead went back and forth several times until the score was tied at 11 with 50 seconds left, when Lee scored a takedown. Upton attempted several counters but could not get a reverse, and Lee won, 13-11.
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