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Raiders slam Cardinals
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Sugar River freshman Anthony Chiarello stormed back from a 10-2 deficit and pinned Columbus junior Tou Lor in 5 minutes, 20 seconds. The Raiders defeated the Cardinals 45-26 Thursday night to improve to 2-3 in dual meets.
BELLEVILLE - Anything can happen in a six-minute wrestling match. That's what Sugar River freshman Anthony Chiarello proved in a dual meet against Columbus Thursday night.

Chiarello at 119 pounds stormed back from a 10-2 deficit and pinned Columbus junior Tou Lor in 5 minutes, 20 seconds to put the finishing touches on a 45-26 dual meet win over the Cardinals.

"It was going through my mind, don't give up," Chiarello said. "I didn't want to lay down. I tried my best. I didn't think I would come back."

After being taken down four times in the first two periods, Chiarello made an adjustment. The reversal of fortunate for Chiarello came in the third period when he did a better job wrestling with his elbows in to combat Lor's tucking.

"He was out of breath at the end of the first period," Chiarello said. "I was just squeezing his head and trying to pin him."

Sugar River coach Peter Swenson commended Chiarello for his effort.

"He's a train," Swenson said. "He keeps on going and plugging along. You never know what will happen when you get the momentum back."

Columbus jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but the Cardinals couldn't overcome five forfeits at 112, 130, 160, 171 and heavyweight.

"I know they have solid kids up and down the lineup," Swenson said of the Cardinals. "They just don't have enough kids to fill out the lineup. We will take the points wherever we can get them. Our goal is always to stay aggressive. With a young team we want to go out and try to avoid those pins."

The Raiders (2-3, 0-1 Capitol South) received aggressive performances from several wrestlers. Sugar River junior Brooks Hendrickson who wrestled up at 145 came back and beat Columbus junior Ray Steger 9-7. Hendrickson trailed 6-3 at the start of the third period. He scored on an escape to open the third period to cut Steger's lead to 6-4. Hendrickson scored on a reversal and then battled for a three-point, near fall to win the match.

The Raiders dominated the upper weight classes. Sugar River sophomore Jack Nelson at 189 pinned Caleb Jordan in 5:21; and senior Mike Nolden, who wrestled up at 215, pinned John Faulhaber in 1:59.

"Brooks is so mentally tough," Swenson said. "It doesn't matter if he is down three or two in the final period. That's when he really turns it on. I think his conditioning showed up."