“For the most part we held our own,” explains Coach Sam Riesen. “Our team is far from the team that I see us being at the end of the year. On Saturday we showed a lot of potential, but we also made a lot of mistakes. We can be very competitive if we can avoid getting ourselves into bad situations.”
The Eagles had a tough start against an always challenging Homestead team. The Spartans took the match 50-27 in the opening round. “They were a good team to start with,” added Coach Riesen. “They are a team that is going to have a good kid at each weight and one that you need to bring your best to beat.”
Churubusco came right back and defeated Marion by a score of 69 to 12. The standout match occurred when Jason Nicodemus scored a 6-0 defeat over the eighth ranked wrestler in the semi-state, Marion’s Nick Duke. “Jason is giving up a lot of weight at 195 lbs. but he makes up for that in speed,” stated Coach Riesen. “The fact is that he is as strong if not stronger than most 195 lbs wrestlers. Jason is a very skillful wrestler, he uses his speed, strength, skill and is a very tough guy to beat.”
The Snider match started out with Panthers controlling the early matches. Later Busco came roaring back with big victories from Brandon Wormcastle, Sam Siddons, Jason Nicodemus, Brad Martin, and Alex Lich. Busco eventually lost a hard fought final match at the 113 lbs. weight class to lose the match 40-39. “The match was one that really showed that no matter what the situation is we cannot give up pins,” explains Coach Riesen. “If one kid had not given up a pin and instead lost by points we would have won the match on criteria. I hope that the team learns for the rest of the season from this match.”
Busco went on into round four to wrestle a solid Heritage team. They wrestled well in every match against them. Two matches that stood out against Heritage actually came in losses as Chase Downing and Travis Glick wrestled very well against two area ranked wrestlers. “They showed the wrestlers what they can be this season,” said Coach Riesen. “We saw a lot of good things out of them.”
The final match of the day was a face-off between two of the best small schools in the state as South Adams took on Churubusco. South Adams came away with the victory 45-27. “They are a very good program,” added Coach Riesen. “They lost some solid wrestlers last season and filled in their holes very nicely. We were able to get six wins against them which is a very solid performance.”
For the day several wrestlers had really impressive days. We had three guys go 5-0, Austin Boggess, Sam Siddons and Nicodemus. Two wrestlers Brandon Wormcastle and Eric Kuznar went 4-1. That is a really solid day especially considering the level of competition at this event. The Eagles will go to Eastside Saturday for a NECC dual meet. They will be paired against West Noble, Prairie Heights, Fairfield, Fremont and Angola.