The varsity wrestling team competed at the Milan 5-Way on Saturday, December 1 and came away with the team title after going 4-0 on the day. The competition was tough and many matches were close throughout the day, but the Knights continue to improve from match to match while building the team atmosphere necessary for the program’s success.
The Knights started the day with a win over Union County by a score of 45-27. Wins for the Knights came from Daemon Lane, Jimmy Shaw, Darrel Walker, Brad Bruner, Dustin Conety, Zak Brown, Nathan Boggs, and Mac Espedilla.
The team then turned their focus to the local rival Lawrenceburg Tigers in a conference battle. SD proved up to the test as they came away with a 49-25 victory. Winners in this dual included: Brandon Manning, Jimmy Shaw, Darrel Walker, Brad Bruner, Dustin Conety, Zak Brown, Nathan Boggs, Mac Espedilla, and Daemon Lane.
The closest match of the day was to follow. An improving Batesville team was able to score crucial match wins at a few weight classes to result in a tie of 39-39 after all matches were concluded. Wrestling, however, has many criteria to determine the winner in a tie. The dual was decided in favor of the Knights on the fifth tie-breaker criteria of most wins by fall, forfeit, disqualification, or injury default. Winning individual matches were Jimmy Shaw, Dustin Conety, Sean Caddell, Nathan Boggs, Josh Hines, Daemon Lane, and Brandon Manning.
The final match-up of the day was against the host Milan Indians. With three matches to go in the dual, the Knights were down 21-31, but they rallied with three consecutive wins by Brandon Manning, Daylon Pennington, and Jimmy Shaw to capture the dual win and meet championship with a 36-31 victory. Other winners in this dual were Kerry Raab, Brad Bruner, Nathan Boggs, and Mac Espedilla.
The Knights had three weight class champions. They were led by senior Jimmy Shaw at 160, who went 4-0 with four falls on the day. Freshman Nathan Boggs followed that up with a 4-0 performance at 113 pounds with two falls and two forfeit wins on the day. The final champion was Brandon Manning at 138 who went 3-1 on the day.
The wrestling team now stands at 5-0 on the season. They look to improve on that record next Wednesday when they travel to Connersville to take on the Spartans at 6:00.