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CHS Gives Marko 300th 'W'


February 14, 2019

Starting the week with a 4-9 record, the Central Dragon wrestling team needed a big week as the postseason approached.

The Dragons got just what they hoped for as they registered six wins, setting their record at 10-9 on the season. After defeating Tyrone in a Mountain League matchup, the Dragons defeated Bellwood. Then on Friday, Feb. 8, at Marion Center, Central returned with four team victories.

CHS 42, Tyrone 41

On Feb. 5, Tyrone and Central split the 14 matches, but the Dragons prevailed 42-41. The Dragons registered four falls including Brandon Holsinger (138), Logan Marko (160), Michael Fowkes (195) and Alex Bowman (120). Holsinger finished his match in just 1:15. Matthew Morgan (132), Lane Kocher (152) and Jaxon Matthews (106) received critical forfeit wins.

CHS 48, B-A 36

The match with Bellwood went the Dragons’ way with a 48-36 decision. Central was victorious in eight matchups including falls by Alex Bowman (113), Ian Crouch (120), Brandon Holsinger (132), Logan Marko (145) and Michael Fowkes (182). It took Crouch just 13 seconds and Fowkes 35 seconds to flatten their opponents. Forfeit wins went to Jaxon Matthews, Branson Heeter and Zach Parks.

CHS Goes 4-0

At Marion Center

On Friday at Marion Center, the Dragons disposed of Claysburg-Kimmel (45-33) and Marion Center (39-36) despite winning just once on the mat. Claysburg forfeited seven weight classes while Brandon Holsinger won by 8-3 decision at 132 pounds. Marion Center forfeited six times while Holsinger again was a victor at 138 (9-6).

The Dragons defeated Portage easily 66-12 winning 12 of the 14 matches. There were seven forfeits to Central while Logan Marko, Zach Parks and Michael Fowkes had falls. All three grapplers pinned their men in less than one minute. Malcom Loucks (138) and Jaxon Matthews (106) won by decisions.

The win over Punxsutawney was 51-27. Brandon Holsinger (132) had a fall in 4:37 while teammate Tanner Hall (138) took 3:05 to finish his match. Jaxon Matthews (106) had a 7-0 decision win. There were six forfeits awarded to Dragon wrestlers to set the final score.

Coach Dave Marko recorded his 300th victory in the Friday matches.

“We set our goal for a perfect week and it’s unusual to register six wins in that span of time. We had two nice wins – especially the league victory over Tyrone,” Marko said. “Friday was a busy day and we came with a full roster. Our opponents forfeited a number of weight classes but it was to our credit for having wrestlers available throughout the lineup. Now it’s time to prepare for the postseason. We have a number of men who have the potential to advance deep this year.”

Brandon (Holsinger) had a super week with six wins while Logan (Marko), Jaxon (Matthews), Alex (Bowman), and Michael (Fowkes) had five victories each. Jarod Webb and Ian Crouch had four wins.


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