By Brice Vance
GARRETT — After the first four of five matches went the distance, the rest were won by fall, and the Railroaders finished with five wins by fall en route to a 51-24 win over Churubusco Thursday.
“Overall, it’s better. We’ve been better about every single time, so we’re progressing,” Garrett head coach Nick Kraus said. “We have some young guys and have some stuff to work on. Some things are simple things that should be fixed and will be fixed.”
The Eagles finished with four wins on the night and all came by pin.
“We’ve got some young kids that are youngs kids. They’ve got a little bit of learning to do still,” Churubusco head coach Sam Riesen said. “If we have a little more focus in practice, I think we can go a long way during this season. We saw some things we were happy with.”
From the 152-pound match to 195, that’s were the five wins by fall came for Garrett. And while some simple things need to be fixed for the Railroaders, it was simple that propelled them to five victories.
“One fifty-two to one ninety-five, I was happy with (their performance),” Kraus said. “In past matches we’ve been trying to do way too much, so I kind of wanted to keep us simple. In one fifty-two to one ninety-five, they kept it very simple.”
At 170 pounds, Alex Raske was matched up with Churubusco’s Nathaniel Keener. Raske got a takedown early in the first period, but Keener escaped and answered with a takedown of his own.
In the second period of the match, Raske got a quick reservsal and earned a three-point near fall. Raske finally did get the fall 40 seconds into the period.
“I think that’s the best match that Alex Raske has wrestled so far,” Kraus said. “He didn’t blow the kid right away, but he was methodical, patient. And he did a few things that we’ve been working on in practice. He listened during the match, and I was really happy with that.”
Garrett’s Clayton Fielden (152), Drake Baker (160), Jacob Bevis (182) and Beck Davis (195) all won by fall Thursday.
For the Eagles, Mason Grey (126), Joe Leazier (145), Joe Rennaker (285) and Shawn Prater (106) all won by pin.
Riesen said his guys have been working on big moves during matches, but not trying to force the moves. Instead, letting the move come during the flow of the match.
“All of those guys went out there and executed pretty well,” Riesen said. “Their ability to execute those moves at key points in the match really showed.”
Other winners for Garrett in Thursday’s match were Brayden Shearer (113), Andrew Wertman (120), Mason Custer (132), Kolin Cope (138) and Cam Smith (220).
Garrett 51, Churubusco 24
(* — opening match)
106 – Shawn Prater (C) pinned Colten Wiemer, 4:40. 113* – Brayden Shearer (G) maj. dec. 16-8. 120 – Andrew Wertman (G) maj. dec. 20-7. 126 – Mason Gray (C) pinned Kane McCormack, 2:38. 132 – Mason Custer (G) dec. 12-9 Brandon Kloorvord. 138 – Kolin Cope (G) maj. dec. 10-1 Brandt Parsons. 145 – Joe Leazier (C) pinned Seth VanWagner, 1:20. 152 – Clayton Fielden (G) pinned Sam Wood, :57. 160 – Drake Baker (G) pinned Max Sadjak 1:16. 170 – Alex Raske (G) pinned Nathaniel Keener, 2:40. 182 – Jacob Bevis (G) pinned Landon Keener, 1:42. 195 – Beck Davis (G) pinned Marcus Debolt, :42. 220 – Cam Smith won by forfeit. 285 – Joe Rennaker (C) pinned Nolan Hathaway, 1:22.