DURHAM — The Durham Jordan wrestling team was hoping its second-round playoff match Tuesday against New Bern would be more similar to this year’s regular-season match than last year’s playoff encounter.
The Falcons defeated New Bern just a few weeks ago, but lost a hard-fought match to the Bears in last year’s second round.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, they fell short in their bid to avenge last season’s loss to the Bears, losing 43-27 Tuesday.
Jordan nearly forced a final match, but New Bern’s Max Stout held on for a narrow 8-6 win in the 152-pound class to put the Bears ahead 37-27. Jordan forfeited the final match.
The Falcons, who defeated Panther Creek 39-27 in the opening round, finished their season 24-7, but it was a hard way to end against a team they had beaten 45-19 just a few weeks ago.
“It was a great atmosphere tonight, the guys were in a position to get to Thursday night and that’s what you hope for,” said Jordan coach Philip Davanzo. “We had seniors lose matches tonight they won against the same opponents two weeks ago. You just can’t get pinned.”
Jordan earned several pins as well in building a 27-19 lead after nine matches. Erick Rivas (220 pounds), heavyweight Courtland Parker, Spencer Service (120) and Robbie Tomasic (126) pinned their foes. Tomasic was the lone Falcon to notch pinfalls in both rounds, including against the Catamounts.
The tide turned though once the match went to the middle weights, as New Bern (27-7) went on a run. John Sherman (132) won 6-0, then Pa Sanneh (138) and Eric Milks (145) won by pinfall to put the Bears, who had edged last season’s 4A Eastern champs Pinecrest 31-28 in the first round, ahead for good.
“This was huge tonight, as a team we did exactly what we needed to do,” said New Bern coach Bo Lansche. “The good thing for us was that our lineup is really strong in the middle.”
Lansche also was proud of wrestler Deandre Jones, who had lost three previous matches to Jordan’s Tyrece Jones, but came through with a 4-3 quadruple-overtime victory against the No. 4 wrestler in the state at 182 pounds.
Both opening-round matches were close. Jordan and Panther Creek were knotted 18-18 before Service and Tomasic prevailed.
Seniors Allal Kartaoui (138) and Micah Marcin (145) notched pins in 4 minutes, 31 seconds and 5:14 respectively to close out the Catamounts.
Maliik Marcin won one of the closest matches of the night, edging Catamount Brandon Morgan 9-7 in overtime in the 160-pound class.