Cardinals hold off Hammond
DaSean McMillian won the heavyweight matchup to clinch the victory for Cardinal Newman over Hammond 45-33 in a matchup of the top two SCISA wrestling programs on Thursday, January 16 at Cardinal Newman.
Bennett Egan got the match started for Cardinal Newman by winning a major decision over Duncan Ellison at the 106 weight class, earning four points. Ray Castles answered for Hammond at 113 by com- ing back from three points down in the third period to defeat Matthew Hayes 6-4, giving three points to the Skyhawks.
Cardinal Newman’s Evan Mikula pinned Nacho Cadabal at 119 to give the Cardinals a 10-3 lead, but Gantt Castles ( 126) and Noah Ware ( 132) each earned second period pins to give Hammond its only lead at 15-10. At 138, Nicky Winterstein pinned Riley Pharr with 11 seconds left in the match to reclaim the lead for the Cardinals.
Lang Phillips pinned Paul Bolchoz in the second period to bring the Skyhawks to within seven, but Garrett McNerney pinned Edward Mitchell at 170 to push the lead back to 13. Seth Ham then scored a technical fall over Calhoun McDougall at 182 to stretch the lead to 18, meaning that Hammond would have to win the last three weight classes by pinfall to tie, and Hammond would have won by tiebreaker.
Cody Sims pinned Paul Dodds at 195, and Samuel Miller pinned Thomas Burke at 220 to give the Skyhawks hope, but McMillian pinned Donald Fawcett at 1:03 of the first period to seal the victory for the Cardinals.