On Thursday night the Spain Park Wrestling team hosted Hoover in the Battle for the Ball. The match between Spain Park and Hoover has been named The Battle for the Ball. The ball is a bowling ball, and it is the trophy that goes to the winner of the match. The Ball is a traveling trophy; it stays with the school that wins the match.
So why a bowling ball?
Bowling was one of the hobbies and passions of Coach Duke Chimento. Coach Chimento was the head wrestling coach of Berry High School before there was a Hoover or Spain Park. Coach Chimento had over 30 years as a wrestling coach at both Phillips and Berry High Schools. During his career he had three runner-up teams at State, many champion wrestlers, and a countless number of young men whose life he impacted and influenced. Coach Chimento wrestled at Auburn University under one of their most well-known coaches, Swede Umbach.
Hoover opened the competition with Nick Smith pinning Fischer Harrison (SPHS, 106 lbs.) in 1:13. At 113 lbs. the Jags forfeited to Carson Frank. Riley Huff of Hoover defeated Jack Rivers (120) 6-4. In the 126 lb. match Alex Mason (Hoover) pinned Emmanuel Thuo in 3:20. Spain Park yielded another forfeit to Larry Wallace at 132 lbs.
The next match, at 138 lbs., was the closest of the evening, going four overtime periods, before Gaven Pudlik (SPHS) defeated Connor Dubble 2-1 with a last second escape.
At 145 lbs., Hoover got back on track as Jacob Brady had a 16-6 major decision over Dylan Adair. Josh Reynolds, Hoover 152 lbs., pinned Jake Harrison at 1:47. In another close match at 160 lbs., Gabe Cason (Hoover) defeated Jack Hudson 3-2. Dawson Rye (Hoover 170 lbs.) pinned Jacob Sharpe at 1:39.
Hoover’s D’Angelo Dewitt, 182 lbs., pinned Dash Rush in 2:52. Moving up to 195 saw Andrew Moses (SPHS) getting pinned by Kashuan Fails in 3:17. Hoover’s final victory of the night was at 220 lbs., with Bryce Carnes defeating Jaxon Bast 5-3. Cameron Young, 285 lbs., got the Jags second win with a 1:30 pin of D’rique Lawson.