Bishop Ryan overpowers Stanley in region dual

It was a matchup between last year’s top two teams in Region III and a rematch of the fifth-place dual at the 2013 state tournament.

Both of those duals ended with the Bishop Ryan wrestling team topping Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray and Thursday’s match was no different.

The Lions won the final nine matches and defeated the Blue Jays 45-13. Ryan trailed 13-4 after five matches before ending the dual on a 41-0 run.

“It’s always going to be a good dual with Stanley,” Ryan coach Chase Lee said. “I knew they were going to come into the dual fired up and ready to go. They have some quality kids on their team and we knew it was going to be a really good dual for us.”

Stanley took control early as Trevor Harstad pinned Ryan freshman Max Lipp in 57 seconds at 106 pounds. Junior Wyatt Ledoux scored a 10-0 major decision at 113 for the Lions against Gaige Reep, but the Blue Jays ripped off three straight victories at 126, 132 and 138 for a 13-4 lead.

Lee opted to take a double forfeit at 120 and move sophomore Aaron Sandy up to 126 to spar with Jaden Iverson. The initial lineup would have had Sandy winning by forfeit, giving Ryan six points. Iverson edged Sandy 6-5 for a nine-point swing.

“It’s been awhile since he last wrestled,” Lee said. “I wanted to give him an actual match and see how things went.”

Momentum appeared to be firmly in Stanley’s corner, but the Lions weren’t deterred. Freshman Cole Dauphinais started Ryan’s run at 138 with a 13-5 major decision over Dalton Brown. Dauphinais fell behind 5-2, but scored a reversal, an escape, a takedown and six points worth of near falls to win the match.

“My match was pretty hard, but I think it gave everyone a confidence boost and helped us win,” Dauphinais said. “Stanley definitely has a lot of great wrestlers, so it definitely tested our endurance. I was tired after my match.”

Eight of the 11 matches – not including three forfeits – went the full six minutes. Ryan won six of them. Senior Keaton Merck (145) and junior Carson Schell (170) recorded the Lions’ two pins. Merck pinned Stanley’s Justin Smith in 29 seconds.

The match of the night belonged to Ryan’s Corbin Manley and Stanley’s Chandler Meiers at 152. Meiers won the first five points before Manley countered with five of his own to square the match. Meiers needed a couple injury timeouts, leaving Manley anxious to get back on the mat.

“It was good until it got really quiet and then I started getting nervous,” Manley said. “I was like ‘Somebody please make some noise or do something.’ It gave me a chance to clear my head from the first (round) where he got up really quick on me. It was a good break to check myself.”

Still tied at five in the third period, Meiers scored four quick points. With time working against him, Manley pulled off a two-point reversal and nearly pinned Meiers as the buzzer sounded. Manley was awarded three points for a thrilling 10-9 victory.

“I just stayed calm and just kept moving on the bottom,” Manley said. “(The coaches) said he likes to get gassed really fast, so I just pushed the pace.”

Mike Kraft covers high school athletics and hockey. Follow him on Twitter @MKraft23_MDN.