Eisenhower Grapplers get win Over County Rival Youngsville in Home Opener

Eisenhower's Cole Kellogg battles en route to a pin. Photo courtesy Steve Younger.

RUSSELL, Pa. – Eisenhower’s home opener on the mat was a success, as the Knights defeated Youngsville in the Backyard Brawl, 54-16.

Senior Cael Black got things going with a second-period fall at 285 and the Knights were off and running.

Griffin Williams followed Black with pin in 56 seconds at 106 and a forfeit made it 18-0 Eisenhower.

Black picked up career win No. 99 and was named the Icyy Ink Wrestler of the Match. He talked about the win afterward:

Youngsville turned to its experienced trio of Ian Mancuso, Logan McDonald and Caden McCune to get victories.

McDonald got a 15-4 major decision over Shawn Pascuzzi in the only match that went the distance at 145, while Mancuso got a second-period fall against Kam Ferrand at 126.

McCune, meanwhile, had perhaps the most exciting match of the night against Eisenhower’s Josh Parker at 172. The two went back and forth, with Parker leading 11-10 in the third period before McCune got Parker on his back for the pin.

Rewatch the match:

Cole Kellogg and Derek Childs got first period falls for Ike at 132 and 138, respectively, as did Brok English at 189.

Eisenhower also received four forfeits and there was no contest at 113.

Eisenhower hosts its JV tournament this Saturday, while Youngsville will be at the Redbank Valley tournament on Saturday.


285 – Cael Black (E) pinned Cody Jesperson, 2:09
106 – Griffin Williams (E) pinned Allyson Henry, :56
113 – No Contest
120 – Ryan Chambers (E) won by forfeit
126 – Ian Mancuso (Y) pinned Kam Ferrand, 2:32
132 – Cole Kellogg (E) pinned Michael Carnahan, 1:54
138 – Derek Childs (E) pinned Gavin Olsen, 1:17
145 – Logan McDonald (Y) maj. dec. Shawn Pascuzzi, 15-4
152 – Tucker Lindell (E) won by forfeit
160 – Gannon Jaquay (E) won by forfeit
172 – Caden McCune (Y) pinned Josh Parker, 4:32
189 – Brok English (E) pinned Griffin Daley, 1:21
215 – Justin Darr (E) won by forfeit