To say the York Comprehensive Cougars wrestled lights out against Nation Ford took on another meaning Wednesday night.
On Senior Night for Nation Ford, the Falcons threw everything they had at the No. 4-ranked York, but the Cougars still came away with a 44-30 win.
If things could go wrong for Nation Ford they did. There were problems with the scoreboard and the clock. To make matters worse the lights went out about midway through the match because of the Fort Mill school istrict's energy saving plan. Only six lights were on to illuminate the entire auxiliary gym where the match was taking place.
The lights stayed off for about 45 minutes, but the wrestling never stopped.
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In fact, the wrestling got better for Nation Ford in the dark as they won the final six matches.
York went up 44-0 and never really looked back.
"We jumped on them early," said York coach David Spencer. "They've got a lot of young talent."
The match started out with No. 4-ranked heavyweight Beau Nunn pinning the Falcons' John White in the second period to put York on the board first.
York got pins in the next two matches from No. 2-ranked Aero Thao, at 103, and Coleman Southard, at 112.
The Cougars' Robert Cunningham, Jesse Green added wins by decisions, followed by two more pin falls from Lealon Comer and L.J. Walton.
York's John Brantley also picked up a decision to put the Cougars up 44-0.
Nation Ford finally got some momentum as No. 1-ranked Stewart Snodgrass at 145 pounds beat Tay Cannon 22-6 in a battle of two top 10 wrestlers.
A scary moment came at 152-pounds as the Falcons' William Green was slammed hard by York's Marcus Sheppard. Green had the breath knocked out of him, and Sheppard was disqualified giving Green the win. Green couldn't continue and left with a shoulder injury.
Manako Peay kept things going for Nation Ford, beating Trent Hull 6-4 at 160 pounds.
At 171, the Falcons' Markevis Duncan bumped up to wrestle Lawrence Adams and came away with a 12-2 win. Nation Ford's Tyler McGarrigle, one of four seniors honored before the match, pinned Jamaal Sanders in the third period at 189 pounds.
The win puts York in second place in Region IV-AAA and gives the Cougars the second playoff spot from the region behind Fort Mill.
The loss for Nation Ford ends its dual season.
Both squads turn their attention to the individual region tournament Friday night at South Pointe High School.
NATION FORD 30
Draw was at heavyweight
Hwt. - Beau Nunn (Y) pinned John White (NF), 2:55; 103 - Aero Thao (Y) pinned Colin Godbout (NF), 1:17; 112 - Coleman Southard (Y) pinned Abe Paxtor (NF), 3:48; 119 - Robert Cunningham (Y) major dec. Elliott Wallace (NF), 9-1; 125 - Jesse Green (Y) tech. dec. Travis Boatwright (NF) 19-4; 130 - Lealon Comer (Y) pinned Cody Klamerus (NF), 4:50; 135 - L.J. Walton (Y) pinned Kyle Weaver (NF), 2:25; 140 - John Brantley (Y) tech dec. Drew Murphy (NF), 17-2; 145 - Stewart Snodgrass (NF) tech dec. Tay Cannon (Y), 22-6; 152 - William Green (NF) def. Marcus Sheppard (Y) by DQ; 160 - Manako Peay (NF) dec. Trent Hull (Y), 6-4; 171 - Markevis Duncan (NF) major dec. Lawrence Adams (Y), 12-2; 189 - Tyler McGarrigle (NF) pinned Jamaal Sanders (Y), 5:28; 215 - Josh Driscoll (NF) won by forfeit
Records: York 21-5, 4-1 Region 3-AAA; Nation Ford 9-12, 1-4