In order for the two Madison County schools competing in the Jonathan Alder Super Quad to meet each other Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Alder, both the host Pioneers and Red Raiders of London would have to get past solid first-round foes.
Alder did its part as it topped Circleville 51-24 on one mat, London got things done by beating Mifflin 54-24, setting the stage for an All-Madison County tilt in the second matches.
It was the Pioneers who ultimately won the showdown 43-30 in a highly competitive dual.
“I thought we did OK,” Pioneers wrestling coach Ron Thomas said. “I thought we matched up well with the teams we had in. We got a couple good wins and there were some good matches.”
The Pioneers-Red Raiders dual was decided by the dominance of the heavier weights by Alder. The Pioneers won five of the seven matches from 152 pounds to 285 pounds. The two weight classes it didn’t win were forfeited (170 and 182).
That impressive run included a pin by Lucas McClaskie over Manny Vargas in 1:37 at 152 pounds, Dylan Wildman scoring a 11-5 decision over Colten Winters at 160 and Zack Wright pinning Harley Threlreid in 2:55. Alder’s Troy Caldwell earned a hard fought 8-4 decision over Roger Pack at 220 and Alder’s Derek Ridder pinned Jacob Sollars in 4:26.
London’s Henrri Valesco pinned Sam Chapman in 2:35 at 113 pounds and Corey Barrientos also put Cole Baisdin on his back in 2:32 at 145 pounds.
Other Alder victories were earned by Eli Ayoub who decisioned Alex Dorsey 14-2 at 126 pounds. Jake Davis pinned London’s Cameron Stout in 3:17 and at 138 Bret Yutzy topped Garrett Blackburn in the most competitive match of the day 8-6. London won a total of three matches by forfeit and Alder one.
In the eyes of London coach Dave Kennedy the match came down to one key thing and a couple close matches.
“I thought we wrestled alright but I was disappointed in the preparation,” Kennedy said. “We had about a third of our guys struggling to make weight. We had a 106-pounder who didn’t make weight at all.
“We should be worrying about wrestling an hour or two before a match not about whether or not we’re going to make weight. That and a couple of close matches that didn’t go our way was the difference.”
The match at 138 between Yutzy and Blackburn and the tilt between Caldwell and Pack at 220 were the matches that Kennedy pointed to as the difference makers, that and giving away six points at 106.
“We just came up short in a couple matches,” Kennedy said. “You know 12 points really isn’t that many in wrestling, just a match or two here or there. And at 106 pounds we gave away six points, that could have been a 12-point swing right there.”
As for the Alder coach he said it was nice to wrestle in the friendly confines of their home gym.
“It was nice to have our guys wrestle in front of the home fans,” Thomas said. “There was a real good crowd and the fans really got into it. Our guys enjoyed seeing a bunch of their classmates in the stands.”
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The Pioneers were dominant in their 51-24 defeat of the Tigers of Circleville. The team dropped just two matches on the mat, and forfeited the 170 and 182 weight classes.
Ayoub (126) won his match 7-6 in the only decision not decided by a pin. Yutzy (138) pinned his opponent in 3:48, Baisdin (145) was victorious in 3:14 and Wildman (160) finished off his opponent in the closing seconds of the first period (1:58).
Wright (195) in 1:33, Caldwell (220) in 4:36 and Ridder (285) in 3:00 were all winners by pin.
On the mat winners for the Red Raiders against the punchers were Nagel who stopped his 120-pound foe in less than a minute (:50). Winters who pinned his opponent at 160 in 2:32, Shoemaker who had little trouble in winning by pin in 2:25 at 170 and Threlreid who was a winner also by pin in 1:56 at 195.
The rest of the London victories came via forfeits, a total of five.
Both Alder and London will compete in the New Albany Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 21.
“I like duals, they’re a lot more fun and our kids really get into it,” Thomas said. “But we need tournaments like this so our kids can see different kids and test themselves.”
The tournament field figures to be pretty tough and will include Amanda Clearcreek, the team many believe is the best D-II team in the Central District.