The varsity wrestling team traveled to Rushville last night to take on the soon-to-be EIAC conference opponent. The Lions already had several matches under their belts on the season, which was apparent in several close matches. However, the Knights were still able to claim victory with a 42-36 downing of the Lions.
Jimmy Shaw (ranked #7 in Indiana) and Kerry Raab each got the meet started out on the right foot with impressive fall victories over their opponents to take a 12-0 lead. The fortunes then went the other way as the Knights lost four straight matches and also gave up a forfeit. Darrel Walker lost to a very tough opponent at 182, and Brad Bruner and Dustin Conety each suffered losses in tight matches at 195 and 215, respectively. First-year Sam Smith lost to #12-ranked Joe Garland of Rushville at 285. This was followed by a forfeit to Rushville at 106. Suddenly, the Knights found themselves in a 27-12 hole.
That’s when the team began a strong uphill climb to claim the victory. Freshman 113-pounder Nathan Boggs got a first period fall to bring the score to 27-18. Another freshman, Josh Hines suffered a last-second defeat at 120 to put the score at 30-18. Mac Espedilla received a forfeit at 126 and Daemon Lane came out at 132 and got a strong first period pin over his opponent to tie up the meet at 30. Logan Hyatt then suffered a loss to put the Lions ahead 36-30 with only two weight classes left. Brandon Manning wrapped up the night for South Dearborn with a second period fall over his opponent to again tie the meet. This was followed by Daylon Pennington receiving a forfeit at 152 to close out the night with a 42-36 victory.
The only reserve action of the night featured first-year wrestler Dalton Cisco. Dalton started the match strong and held on for a high-scoring and very exciting 15-14 victory.
The Knights will compete at the Milan 5-Way this Saturday beginning at 9:30. This meet will feature many crucial match-ups with several conference and sectional opponents, which could be crucial later in the seeding during tournament time.