A large crowd turned out to Washington High School Thursday evening for an SCOL dual wrestling meet between the Blue Lions and the Panthers of Miami Trace High School.
The Panthers won the match, 57-15, improving to 5-0 on the season in SCOL dual matches.
Miami Trace, the leaders in the SCOL standings, will host McClain and East Clinton on Thursday 6 p.m.
Washington, now 3-2 and in fourth place, will wrestle at Hillsboro (along with Clinton-Massie) Thursday, Jan. 21.
Prior to that, the Blue Lions will take part in the Marion County tournament Friday and Saturday.
Thursday night at Washington, the wrestling began at 182 pounds with a match between Washington’s Mason McCane and Miami Trace’s Matthew Hottinger.
McCane won this match, 4-0.
At 195 pounds, Jared Fenner of Miami Trace defeated Steven Willis by pin in the second period.
At 220 pounds, Miami Trace’s Dalton Bartley picked up a pin in the first period over Colton McNichols.
At heavyweight, Washington’s Trevor Hicks got the pin of Collin Wolfe in the second period of the match.
At 106 pounds, Timmy Chaney of Miami Trace defeated Collin George, 9-2.
In one of the more grueling matches of the evening, at 113 pounds, Miami Trace’s Wes Gandee beat Chris Martin, 9-8.
Tre Thomas of Washington earned a pin of Jaymon Flaugher in the first period at 120 pounds.
Miami Trace’s Coby Hughes got the forfeit at 126 pounds.
At 132 pounds, Miami Trace’s Gavin Moore pinned Zane Nelson in the second period.
At 138 pounds, Dereck Moore of Miami Trace pinned Chris Conger in the first period.
Drake Litteral of Miami Trace won the match at 145 pounds by pin over Conner Chrisman. That pin came in the first period.
At 152 pounds, Miami Trace’s Dylan Murphy won by injury default over Jerry Knapp.
Austin Lovett picked up the sixth and final pin of the evening, in the second period against Elisha Shaw at 160 pounds.
At 170 pounds, Miami Trace’s B.J. Anders beat Ethan Stewart, 5-2.
In the middle school match, Miami Trace slipped past Washington, 47-45.
“The best thing about tonight is, our kids showed up,” Miami Trace head coach Ben Fondale said. “About everything that could go well, did go well.”
Fondale spoke about the night’s closest match, Gandee vs. Martin.
“This was Wes’ first time competing in this dual meet,” Fondale said. “He handled the pressure well.
“We told the kids it was going to be a dogfight,” Fondale said. “As well as Court House wrestled against Wilmington (a match that was tied and went to Wilmington on criteria); we kind of snuck past Wilmington.
“Thankfully, most everything went right tonight,” Fondale said. “The kids got after it. I appreciate everything they’ve been doing in practice and that work paid off tonight.”
“Mason wrestled a smart match,” Washington head coach Louis Reid said. “Matthew Hottinger is a tough kid. He’s beaten some really good kids this year. Mason wrestled smart and controlled the match. He looked really good from the neutral position and he was solid on top.
“At 195, Jared Fenner is a very tough wrestler,” Reid said. “I’ve seen a lot of his results the last two years. He’s been backing up Jerimiah Jones.
“At 220, Colton was giving up a good bit of weight,” Reid said. “Bartley took us down and pinned us.
“Trevor Hicks (heavyweight) went out and he continues to wrestle really smart,” Reid said. “He pinned the Wolfe kid; I thought he looked pretty good.
“At 106, Collin George has really been improving over the weeks,” Reid said. “He was giving up a decent amount of weight; he wrestled Timmy Chaney, who has improved a lot over the years. He got beat, 9-2, but, I’m happy with the improvement I’m seeing.
“This is just Chris’ second year of wrestling,” Reid said of his 113-pounder, Martin. “He made some mistakes in the match and it ended up costing him. It was a great match to watch. We made some mistakes and Wes capitalized.
“At 120, Tre Thomas continues to wrestle really smart,” Reid said. “He picked up a pin for us when we needed it. He’s been wrestling really well of late, especially from the neutral position. I’m really happy with Tre.
“At 132, we were in that match,” Reid said of Miami Trace’s Gavin Moore vs. Washington’s Zane Nelson. “It was going back and forth and then Gavin put us to our back twice and then pinned us.
“What it comes down to is, we’ve got to get a lot tougher in the room,” Reid said. “Some of our guys, we’ve got to bounce back from this. Because, this isn’t our team; this is not the way we wrestle. We’ve wrestled a lot tougher.
“We’ve worked really hard in the room, but this was not a great reflection of our team tonight,” Reid said.
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