Columbia City won the next three matches to tighten the score at 18-9. Jordan Hamilton pinned his opponent and Braxton Siddons won by injury default to give Churubusco a 30-12 lead. Following a Columbia City win at the 215 pound weight class Travis Liggett pinned his opponent to give Busco a 36-18 lead with four matches remaining. Churubusco forfeited the 103 weight class and Columbia City gained pin victories over the Eagles to knot the score at 36-36 leaving the meet to be decided at the 125 pound class. Jason Nicodemus fell behind 5-0 after one period but still fought hard and finished on the short end 10-7. Columbia City escaped with a 39-36 team victory.
On Saturday, Churubusco traveled to West Noble for the NECC duals. The Eagles were without four wrestlers going into the day. With the loss of two more on the day the Eagles remained competitive as the junior varsity wrestlers filled in and did an outstanding job. “We were able to pick up wins despite having a lot of wrestlers out against some respectable programs,” stated Coach Sam Riesen. “That just shows what kind of depth we have in our program the way our junior varsity wrestlers stepped up and contributed the way they did today.”
The Eagles finished three and two on the day, getting wins against Fremont, West Noble and Angola.
Team scores were: Busco 53 Fremont 17, Prairie Heights 50 Busco 18, Busco 39 West Noble 37, Fairfield 59 Busco 12, and Busco 52 Angola 19.
112 lbs – Clint Bechtold 1-4
119 lbs – Austin Boggess 0-5
125 lbs – Jason Nicodemus 2-3
130 lbs – Adam Boggess 4-1
135 lbs – Zack Armstead 4-1
140 lbs – Brandon Wormcastle 2-3
145 lbs – Sam Siddons 2-3
152 lbs – Bryce Shively 4-1
160 lbs – Stu Hilsmier 2-3
171 lbs – Ron Adams 3-2
189 lbs – Braxton Siddons 2-0
189 lbs – Brian Richardson 1-2
215 lbs – Jay Linscomb 3-2
HWT – Travis Liggett 1-2
HWT – Eric Kuznar 2-0
“As a coach, Saturday was one of the more interesting days that I have had. During the day we really found out how much depth we have as we were able to put together a winning record against five tough teams while at times, having five junior varsity wrestlers in the line-up,” said Coach Riesen.
The meet against West Noble was the one that will be remembered. The meet started at the 189-pound weight class and Busco was down 37-36 going into the final meet at 171-pound weight class. Senior Jordan Hamilton was out on Saturday taking SAT’s, so that meant it was senior Ron Adams’ time to shine. Ron was 1-1 going into the match. Adams was almost pinned in the first period, but fought hard and got out of it. Adams was down 5-4 after the first period, but took the lead in the second with a three point near fall to gain a 7-6 lead going into the last period. He then got a reversal and another three point near fall and a take down to finish with a 12-8 win over West Noble’s Seth Brown to give the Eagles a 39-37 win.
“Ron is the kind of kid that works hard each and every day, and listens to his coaches. Unfortunately, in this, his senior year, he is stuck behind two really tough wrestlers. We have said all season that Ron Adams has the ability to be a twenty-match winner if he were in our line-up. I think that he really proved that today. He stepped in and won some huge matches for us. For a senior to not be in the varsity line-up wrestling can be tough. Most people don’t have what Ron has. He has not allowed the fact that he is in a tough spot affect him. He has wrestled hard each practice, and waited for his time. It came today against West Noble. When we needed him, he stepped up like we knew he would. That was a great moment. It showed how wrestling is both a team and individual sport. Ron’s a kid that puts his team first,” said Coach Riesen.
“Bryce Shively really came alive today for us. The senior was winless coming into the match and he went 4-1 for us today. With this only being his second year wrestling, we knew he had the talent and today it came out,” said Coach Riesen.
The Busco wrestlers are back in action on Thursday at home against Central Noble.