Energy fills mats despite forfeits
Corydon Central and Crawford County wrestling teams weren’t able to fill every weight class at their dual meet last Tuesday, but the matches that took place provided plenty of buzz.
Hosted by the Panthers, Corydon Central came away with the dual-meet win, 64-18.
Only four matches took place in the 14 weight categories, but each resulted in a pin for the victor. Of the non-forfeit bouts, Corydon Central and Crawford County split, winning two each.
Coaches for both teams put young competitors on the mat.
‘We had some new guys come out to participate in their first high school match,’ Corydon Central coach Eric Rowland said. ‘It was good to get them some experience on the mat in a match. We have some things to clean up. We were a little sloppy, but that is to be expected.’
‘Tonight was a mixed bag,’ Crawford County coach Jimmy Ward said. ‘We had some good and bad things. We won a couple that, on paper, we shouldn’t have, and we lost a couple I would consider 50-50 matches. Overall, it’s a good learning tool for us.’
Action began at 182 pounds with Corydon Central’s Seth Simmerman and Crawford County’s Nolan Stroud shaking hands before the whistle.
Off the referee’s sound, Stroud took command of the match early, dictating action to take a 6-2 lead with a few take-downs.
In the second period, the grapplers exchanged reversals before Simmerman rolled Stroud over to his back near the outer circle. Saved by reaching out of bounds, Stroud survived to force a third period, tied at 8.
Out of the neutral position, Simmerman caught Stroud in a headlock, taking him to the mat for a pin with 1:45 left in the match. The victory fired up the Panthers’ sideline, a program making its season debut.
‘It’s nice to see the exciting atmosphere,’ Rowland said. ‘It was awesome. The team camaraderie and the fan support made for a great match. It got me excited.’
Crawford County snagged the next two bouts. Slipping in a rather quick headlock, Dustin McClure finished Dylan Raisor with the move, tightening the grip for a pin. The match at 126 lasted one minute and 36 seconds.
At 132, Crawford County’s David Sage and Corydon Central’s Ben Grimes nearly went the distance. Sage scored with an initial take-down and near fall. Getting back into the match, Grimes cut the deficit to 4-3 after one period with an escape and take down.
Two near falls were had by Sage in the second period. His reversal in the third period led to pinning Grimes.
The final match ended with thrill for the Panthers. Zack Paden, wrestling at 138, trailed 2-1 after the second period to Crawford County’s Nick Riddell.
Furious action filled the final period. Paden scored with an escaped then a take down. After Riddell took a point for an escape, Paden used a double-leg take down to set up an eventual pin with 20 seconds left on the clock.
Rowland said Paden adjusted from taking sloppy shots in the first part of the match.
‘He left his arm hanging out. It’s something we can clean up quickly, especially with him,’ Rowland said. ‘He had concussions last year, so he didn’t get to wrestle much. He’s rusty in matches even though he’s been around the sport for a while.’
Crawford County scored one win by forfeit with Dillon Riddell taking the 106 weight class. On the other side of the mat, Corydon Central claimed seven matches by forfeit: Mason Kaufer (113), Matthew Applegate (145), Jack King (152), Tyson Trumpower (160), Cameron Herthel (170), Keith Murray (195) and Noah Hartman (220).
‘Numbers-wise, we are decimated,’ Ward said of the Wolfpack. ‘We expected to have several (wrestlers) because we had a big junior high team last year, but things haven’t worked out in our favor. The kids I do have, they are young and talented. I’m happy with where they are at. I think they can get better.’
When it comes to dual matches, Ward said he looks for technique and ways to improve each individual.
‘All I am looking for is improvement every time they are on the mat,’ he said. ‘They do that when there are competitive matches, not when they are beating a kid in 30 seconds or getting beat in 30 seconds. Today, we had a lot of competitive matches. Even if they were pins, which we hate, they still learned.’
Dillon and Nick Riddell were coming off individual championships at the Boonville Invitational.
On the Corydon Central side, Rowland said he was eying the start of matches.
‘You want see how they react off the whistle,’ the first-year head coach said. ‘Are they aggressive or not aggressive? We’ll work on that and continue to work on technique. We’ll watch some film as coaches and with the wrestlers tomorrow and come in looking to clean things up and get better.’
Double forfeits filled the 120 and 285 weight classes.
Numbers for the Panthers are starting to improve. As wrestlers are getting into better shape through practice, they are starting to fall into individual weight classes.
‘We’re getting close to filling a full lineup,’ Rowland said. ‘Everyone is trying to figure out where they stand. I was hoping to get a few more wins today, but we’ll take it.’
Three exhibition matches took place as well with Corydon Central winning two. Collin Smith defeated David Sage by pin at 135 for Corydon Central, while fellow Panthers grappler Matthew Applegate stuck Nick Riddell at 145.
Crawford County’s Nolan Stroud came away with an exhibition win, defeating Eric Burress by pin.
Corydon Central 64, Crawford County 18
Individual results ‘ 106: D. Riddell (Crawford) win by forfeit; 113: M. Kaufer (Corydon) win by forfeit; 120: forfeit; 126: D. McClure (Crawford) pinned D. Raiser, 1:36; 132: D. Sage (Crawford) pinned B. Grimes, 4:40; 138: Z. Paden (Corydon) pinned N. Riddell, 5:40; 145: M. Applegate (Corydon) win by forfeit; 152: J. King (Corydon) win by forfeit; 160: T. Trumpower (Corydon) win by forfeit; 170: C. Herthel (Corydon) win by forfeit; 182: S. Simmerman (Corydon) pinned N. Stroud, 4:15; 195: K. Murray (Corydon) win by forfeit; 220: N. Hartman (Corydon) win by forfeit; 285: forfeit.
Exhibition matches ‘ 138: C. Smith (Corydon) pinned D. Sage, 1:14; 145: M. Applegate (Corydon) pinned N. Riddell, 1:40; 182: E. Burress (Crawford) pinned N. Stroud.