MP wrestling dominated by undefeated Demons
The undefeated Washington wrestling team spoiled Parents’ Night for Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, cruising to a 52-15 win over the Panthers in Mt. Pleasant.
The Panthers wrestled to only one win as the Demons dominated the road dual.
“I thought our freshman Karlton Skubal got us off to a good start,” Washington Coach Brent Van Weelden said. “We started (with two) freshmen at 170 and 182, and its a little nerve-wracking when you’ve got to put freshmen on the mat first, but they did a good job getting things rolling.”
The first two Demons scored 10 points for Washington — Skubal pinned Mt. Pleasant’s Jarrett Wilson in 1:33, and at 182 pounds, Seth Townsend won by major decision over Dalton Shull, 12-0.
Washington took a 16-0 lead when Brad Skubal claimed a first-period pin over Kallin Crile, winning in 1:02 in the 195-pound match.
The next four matches were won by forfeit: Mt. Pleasant’s Justin Dilks accepted a forfeit at 220 pounds, and the Class 3A No. 5 wrestler’s perfect record went unchallenged. The Panther’s Jackson Kelley then claimed six points by forfeit at 285 pounds.
Mt. Pleasant had to forfeit at 106 and 113 pounds — Alex Latcham and Kyle Anderson claimed the 12 points for Washington.
The next match wrestled, 120 pounds, featured Washington’s returning state champion, Fletcher Green, who is also undefeated on the season, against Mt. Pleasant’s Colton Mertens.
“Fletcher’s wrestled a lot of tough kids, and the Mertens kid is tough,” Van Weelden said. “He’s short and strong — we were not taking him lightly,” Van Weelden said.
Green led the match 2-0 after a takedown in the first period, and stretched it to a five-point lead on two takedowns and an escape in the second period. Mertens scored on two escapes.
Mt. Pleasant’s 120-pounder didn’t allow Green to gain any more ground, but he also couldn’t close the gap, falling by a score of 9-4.
“He (Mertens) didn’t wrestle his match — he needs to keep moving his feet,” Blint said. “It was definitely a good match to see where he’s at. He should see (Green) again at the conference meet, and we’ll see if he can close the gap.”
With Washington leading 31-12, Mt. Pleasant scored its final three points of the night on a win by 126-pound Conner Eads.
Eads defeated Michael Ellingson by a 6-3 decision.
Ellingson scored the first two points of the match on a takedown in the first 30 seconds, but Eads got the reversal a minute later to tie the score at 2-2 at the end of the first period.
Ellingson went up again with an escape in the second period, but Eads took the lead for good on a takedown. The Panther added two more points on a reversal in the third period for the final score.
“Eads had the only win we wrestled, and it was a good match for him,” Blint said. “He wrestled tough to get the win.”
There were two more hard-fought matches at 132 and 138 pounds, but both went Washington’s way.
In the 132-pound match, Washington’s Tristan Pohren faced off against Mt. Pleasant’s Tyler Lanphier.
The first period was scoreless, and most of the second period was too — until Pohren was able to get two near-fall points in the final seconds.
The Demon wrestler scored twice more in the final period, on an escape and then a takedown, for the final score of 5-0.
At 138 pounds, Jarek Brown claimed a narrow win over Alex Lanphier.
The first period again passed without either wrestler getting on the board. It was Brown who scored in the second period on a reversal. Lanphier scored one point in the third period, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback, and Washington claimed a 2-1 decision.
“I thought Tristan Pohren and Jarek Brown did a good job beating the Lanphier boys — they (the Lanphiers) are tough kids,” Van Weelden said.
With the dual win sealed, Washington went on to claim a win in the last three matches of the night.
At 145 pounds, Alex Gonzalez pinned Blake Wickham in 2:27.
Tanner Knupp won by decision, 3-1, against Josh Larson in the 152-pound match, and the Demons finished the meet with Austin Latcham’s 48-second pin against Levi Parkevich at 160 pounds.
“We wrestled solid, top to bottom,” Van Weelden said. “Now we just want to work on staying injury-free.”
Mt. Pleasant is very familiar with the havoc wreaked by injuries — they’ve been struggling all season with staying healthy.
“It’s amazing what a couple kids out of the lineup does to the whole lineup,” Blint said.
The Panthers now have a dual record of 1-16 and Washington remains undefeated at 18-0.
The Panthers wrestle again next Thursday at Fairfield, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Washington will wrestle Saturday at Solon. It will be their sixth competition in two weeks — a schedule that can make it tough to avoid injuries.
“We wrestled Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday last week, Tuesday-Thursday this week, and we wrestle again Saturday,” Van Weelden said. “After Saturday, I think we will take a little break.”