(Sam Siddons works for the pin against Snider. Siddons pinned his opponent in the second round. He went 3-2 on the day at Homestead, getting two decisions along with the pin for his wins.) photo by hiatt
The Eagles opened with Homestead who defeated the Eagles 51-18 in the opening match. The Spartans recorded seven pins, and used that momentum to go on to a big win over Busco.
Round two Marion was the opponent and it saw the Eagles compete a little better, but still it wasn’t enough as they lost 40-30.
The Panthers of Snider was the third opponent of the day. The Eagles came out and took all but one weight class above the 135 pound weight class. They recorded five pins in the match and received three forfeits enroute to a 54-25 win over the Panthers.
(Zack Armstead lifts his opponent from Heritage. Armstead won the match by decision 7-2. He also went 5-0 on the day with three decisions, a pin and a forfeit.) photo by hiatt
Churubusco faced a tough Heritage team in the fourth match of the day defeating them 40-24. The lighter weight classes came to life and recorded three of the five pins on the match.
A very solid South Adams team was the Eagles’ opponent in the final match of the day. The Starfires collected seven pins on their way to a 45-25 win over the Eagles.
“All six teams were very competitive today, it is just the difference in who wins the close matches who gets the pins. South Adams and Homestead got them against us today and I wasn’t really happy about that. The scores don’t indicate the talent we have, I feel we could have been closer if it wasn’t for the pins,” said Coach Riesen.
(Braxton Siddons won his match over South Adams by a tech fall 18-0. He also went 4-1 on the day with one forfeit, one pin, and two decisions.) photo by hiatt
The Eagles had three wrestlers go 5-0 on the day, Jordan Hamilton (3 pins, major dec. and a forfeit), Jordan Nicodemus (3 pins, dec. and a forfeit) and Zack Armstead (3 dec. a pin and a forfeit). Braxton Siddons went 4-1, and A.J. Herron, Sam Siddons and Jay Linscomb all went 3-2. Hamilton also won his one-hunderedth match of his high school career.
Gone from last season’s team are Daniel Thompson, Corey Richards, Lance McParlan and Jared Hill. This group was responsible for a lot of wins at Churubusco and will be missed on the mats this season. But Coach Riesen feels that this year’s squad has rebuilt itself pretty well with several new faces that moved in this year along with the freshman class of solid wrestlers. Even though they are still learning the ropes of varsity wrestling.
Churubusco looks to be a very competitive team as the season progresses.
(Jordan Nicodemus won his match against Snyder with a pin. Nicodemus went 5-0 on the day with three pins, one forfeit, and one decision.) photo by hiatt
When I asked Coach Riesen about the schedule changes he commented that, “We just want to make our schedule a little tougher. We want to wrestle some of the better schools around northern Indiana that will be in our Regional and Semi-State. This should prepare us for the post season as well as get tougher for conference.”
“Our older guys are leading the team, so now we need our younger wrestlers to pick up on what the older guys are doing,” stated Coach Riesen. “We have a young team but I feel that we can be competitive when certain individuals step up and perform at the higher level. We need all fourteen weight classes to wrestle all out for us this season, instead of relying on others to get the wins. Everyone has to perform at their best this season.”
Saturday the Eagle wrestlers will be in action at 9:00 a.m. at West Noble High School in a conference dual meet.