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Wrestlers Compete at Super 32

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Five members of the Portage High School wrestling team competed in the Super 32 tournament October 28-29.  Super 32 is known as one of, if not the toughest tournaments in the nation.  Representing the Indians were Jacob Moran, Brock Peele, Colin Poynter, Kris Rumph, and Kasper McIntosh.

The Indians were led by Kasper McIntosh placing 5th at the tournament.  The InterMat Wrestling Rankings person also sent out a tweet about our athletes as seen below.


Jacob Moran began his tournament with a match against Wisconsin’s Cody Minor.  Two takedowns and a nearfall during the first period propelled Moran to an 8-1 decision.  Moran’s next opponent, Jacob Gonzales of Colorado, proved to be no match for Moran as well as he cruised to an 8-0 major decision.  Next, Dylan LeSueur of Alabama wrestled a tough match against Moran, but Moran still dispatched LeSueur 5-1.

For his Round of 16 match, Moran was pitted up against FloWrestling’s #11 ranked 106 pounder Wil Guida.  A first period takedown for Moran and an early reversal in the second was all Moran needed to take down the #11 ranked Wil Guida 4-2.  Moran’s Quarterfinal match was against another Flo ranked wrestler.  This time it was #4 Jeremiah Reno of Missouri.  After leading 1-0 after two periods, Moran fell 5-1 off of a reversal and nearfall to Reno.  Moran needed one win to medal and fell 1-0 in the blood round to Nicholas Babin of New Jersey.

Brock Peele wrestled Tristan Black from North Carolina first.  A first period takedown for Brock led him to a 2-0 victory.  Next up was Jake Johnson of Ohio.  Peele battled back from an early takedown against Johnson and tied the match at 2 in the second.  No scoring happened in the third period to force Overtime.  During the OT period, Peele scored a takedown to win the match 4-2 in sudden victory.  Peele’s next opponent was Flo’s #16 ranked wrestler at 120 pounds, Travis Ford-Melton.  Ford-Melton garnered a 13-3 major decision over Brock.  Peele fell again to Brandon Orem 17-3. Brock went 2-2 for the tournament.

Colin Poynter started his Super 32 tournament with a 5-3 victory over AJ DeRosa of New Jersey.  Poynter earned a takedown and two point nearfall in the first and an escape in the second to win 5-3.  Poynter then faced Connor McGonagle of New Hampshire.  McGonagle won 7-1 over Poynter to drop Poynter into the Consolation side of the bracket.  His first match in the consolations was against Christopher Rivera of Florida.  A first period takedown, second period escape, and third period escape led Poynter to his 4-2 decision.

Again in the consolation side of the bracket, Poynter amassed 4 takedowns to propel himself to a 12-1 major decision over Augustine Facundo of Michigan.  Colin then took down Josh Mason of Pennsylvania by a first period takedown straight to nearfall.  He finished the match 5-0 over Mason.  Poynter traded takedowns in his next match against Dayton Marvel of Colorado.  The match was tied with five seconds left in the match and Marvel locked his hands.  Poynter was awarded a point for a technical violation of the rules and won the match 3-2.  Poynter’s next match was against Mick Burnett of Ohio.  Poynter and Burnett traded escapes in the second and third periods and ultimately Burnett scored a takedown in Sudden Victory.  Poynter finished the tournament 5-2.

Kris Rumph began his tournament with a three minute fall over Noah Zuckerman of Connecticut after leading the match 5-1 in the second period.  Rumph then scored three first period takedowns in his match against Juan Cruz of Florida on his way to a 7-3 decision.  Kris’ next match was against Grayson Charles of Pennsylvania.  Kris scored a reversal in the third period and went to OT with Charles tied at two apiece.  Rumph scored a takedown with six seconds left in the sudden victory period to move on 4-2.  Rumph’s next match was against Jeremy Schoenherr of Wisconsin.  An early takedown for Kris and an escape in the third led Rumph to a 3-2 decision and a trip to the Super 32 Quarterfinals.

In the Quarterfinals, Kris was tied with Ryan Anderson (Flo’s 6th ranked 132) late in the third period before losing a scramble and officially being pinned with one second on the clock.  His match for the blood round was against James Whitaker of Michigan.  Rumph jumped to a 2-1 lead after the first period.  He then gave up a quick escape in the second and chose bottom in the third with the score tied at 2.  Rumph was unable to get an escape in the third and was called for stalling twice to lose 3-2.

Kasper McIntosh (FloWrestling’s #18 145) started his Super 32 tournament with a three takedown first period against Luke Pipa of Pennsylvania.  He finished the match with a 7-2 decision.  Kasper’s next match was against Noah Anderson of Michigan and he finished that match with four total takedowns and an 11-1 major decision.  Kasper needed an overtime takedown to take down JT Stinson of California 4-2.  He then wrestled Tate Nichter of Pennsylvania to a 5-2 decision.  Kasper utilized two timely takedowns in his match against Jacob Mariakis to take the bout 4-2 and lead him into a Quarterfinals match with Jake Silverstein (Flo’s #6 ranked 145).  Kasper had the match tied at the end of the second period with Silverstein and with an intentional escape for Silverstein to set up a full period to get a takedown which Kasper was unable to do, Silverstein won 3-2.

Kasper started wrestling back against Seth Koleno of Pennsylvania and scored five takedowns on his way to a 14-3 major decision.  That win guaranteed Kasper would medal and set him up for a matchup between Kasper and Brock Mauller (Flo’s 5th ranked 145).  In this match, Kasper and Mauller fought it out both giving up an escape to make it a 1-1 tie heading into overtime.  Kasper was able to score with seventeen seconds left in sudden victory with a takedown to make it 3-1.  Kasper then faced Alex Facundo of Michigan and fell due to a takedown for Facundo with three seconds left in the match, 7-6.  He was headed for a rematch with Jake Silverstein in the Fifth Place match.  Kasper and Silverstein battled to overtime tied 2-2, before Kasper pinned Silverstein in the Ultimate Tie Breaker at a time of 6:16.


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