Mt. Pleasant wrestlers drop first SEC dual
BY BILL GATCHEL
Golden Triangle News Service
WASHINGTON — The Mt. Pleasant Panthers wrestling team challenged the Washington Demons Thursday, Jan. 12, hoping to keep the conference title from being handed to Washington for a fourth-straight year. Their efforts were strong, but not good enough as they would lose to Washington 51-17.
Taking to the mat first was James DeMeyer (152) who won by a 10-0 major decision over Dylan Farmer. Garrett Boecker (160) lost by fall in 1:24 to Tristin Westphal-Edwards. Tyler Davis (170) won by a 6-5 decision over Logan Escher. Zach Beason (182) lost by a 5-3 decision to Collin Murphy.
Dalton Bass (220) won over Tristan Allender by fall in 2:32. Anthony Carrasco (285) lost by fall in 1:23 to Mitchell Huisenga. Corbin Broeker (106) won by a 13-5 major decision over Matt Collett. Brayden Ackles (113) lost by a 5-0 decision to Walker Ikerd.
Tyler Raub (120) lost by fall in 1:28 to Garrett Ikerd. Jamie Johannes (126) was pinned in 5:29 by Kyle Anderson. Avante Henley (132) lost by fall in 5:31 to Alex Latcham. Nate Wallace (138) lost by fall in 1:11 to Andrew Waite and Jaden Davis (138) lost by an 8-7 decision to Kiowa Keith.
Coach Anthony Blint says with the title on the line for Washington, there wasn’t much pressure on the team. “We knew Washington was a better team by looking at records and how they faced other opponents. We knew we had an uphill battle coming here. Our guys knew what they had to do coming in here. Washington was the better team tonight.”
The Panthers were able to get some victories. “Any time you get a win, that’s a plus for the guys. Those that won, should have won by more points, they left some points on the board. Some of the matches we fought hard until the end,” he said.
“We gave up a fall with 15 seconds left or some with takedowns with seven seconds left in the period. We can’t have that getting close to the end of the year giving up points.”
Today (Friday) the team is going to Focus on one thing as they get ready to battle at Centerville Saturday. “We are going to work on finishing periods. Some of the guys won’t win close matches by giving up an escape with 10 seconds to go or giving up a takedown or reversal. Anytime you give up points with not much time, that will hurt us in the long run.”
The tournament tomorrow will be challenging Blint says. “There’s a lot of tough schools there. Some of our weights are good. Some of our guys are banged up, so we might let them sit out and give them an extra couple days of rest. Even with those guys sitting out, we won’t finish as high as a team, but it is what it is. It’s part of the sport.”
The Panthers begin their competition at 10 a.m. in Centerville tomorrow (Saturday).