Going 3-0 for the day were Chase Downing, Lyle McParlan, Brandon Wormcastle, Travis Glick, Brian Richardson, and Gunnar Barnhart.
“As a whole we were really excited with how our day went,” said Coach Sam Riesen. “There are some really solid programs that wrestle at Homestead, it is a really great way to start the season. All in all Saturday was a really successful day seeing that our line-up is just starting to shake out, and our team will get stronger as some guys with some nagging injuries start to get back into the line-up. We are excited about what our team is capable of, and hope that we continue to grow during the season. We are still making some early season mistakes, but plan to get them cleared up in the practice room, and come back stronger each week.”
One of the big matches on the day was Chase Downing pinning Erique Early from Snider. Early placed at state last year, and is a guy that is really respected in the state. Chase was really ready for that match. “He stepped up to the challenge when in the past some of our guys may have shied away from it,” explained Riesen. “That’s a big step, we always want our guys believing that they can compete with anyone, He really showed that during the match.”
On the day, Downing wrestling at 126 lbs. pinned Robert Anderson from Heritage, Early from Snider, and Drake Rhoades from Homestead.
The second big match of the day was Wormcastle beating Branden Baker from Homestead. “Similar to Chase, Brandon embraced the challenge in front of him and really controlled the whole match,” stated Coach Riesen. “He attacked the challenge of wrestling a top level opponent and came away with a great result.”
On the day, Wormcastle wrestling at 145 lbs. pinned Jordan Gerber from Heritage, Jaisean Kimbrough from Snider, and won by injury against Baker from Homestead.
Also going 3-0 on the day was Lyle McParlan wrestling at 138 lbs. who pinned Austin Conrad from Heritage, won by decision against Cruz Rodriguez, and pinned Chase Woosley from Homestead.
Travis Glick went 3-0, pinned Josh Chowning from Heritage, pinned Robbie Esquivel from Snider, and pinned Connor Fleck from Homestead.
Brian Richardson wrestling at 195 lbs. also went 3-0 pinning Cody Harmez from Heritage, received a forfeit from Snider, and pinned Drew Uhrhammer from Homestead.
The last Eagle wrestler to go 3-0 on the day was Gunnar Barnhart. Barnhart wrestling at 285 lbs. pinned Woodie Kline from Heritage, Trevor Rose from Snider, and Bryan Day from Homestead.
“We knew that these guys would be kids we could depend on for victories all season long,” said Coach Riesen. “We expected them to do well for us, and feel that they all are wrestlers that give us a chance at victory every time they step on the mat.”
Cameron Pescatello wrested at 113 lbs. and went 1-2 for the day. Cody Thomas wrested at 120 lbs. and went 2-1. Shane Shroyer wrestled at 132 lbs. and went 2-1. Joey Heaton wrestled 152 lbs. and went 1-1. Caleb Partin wrestled 170 lbs. and went 1-2. Sam Siddons wrestled 182 lbs. and went 2-1 and Adam Harmon wrestled 220 lbs. and went 2-1.
“Our younger guys wrestling on Saturday stepped up and performed pretty well,” explained Coach Riesen. “Any time we can get a victory at 113 and 120 it goes a long way to helping our team out. We knew that we would have some youth in those weight classes, but also knew that we had good solid guys stepping into those weights, so we were really happy with the way they performed.”
“Wednesday we will be wrestling Columbia City with both the “Olde Golden Eagle Trophy” and the Blake- Jones- Koontz (Whitley County Champs) trophies on the line. It’s really cool to have these travelling trophies to wrestle for,” said Coach Riesen. “We were able to get them both last year, and I know that our guys don’t want to be the group that loses them. The Columbia City dual should be really competitive. On paper there are a lot of matches that could go either way that evening, and we are going to have to wrestle our best to be able to come away with a victory. I know that our kids look forward to this match every year, and will be excited for it. We just need to keep our composure, step up to the competition and embrace the fact that we are wrestling a good, strong, quality opponent. If we do that we will have something to take from our performance going forward all season long.”
The Eagles, currently ranked third in the state in the small school division, will next wrestle Columbia City at home on Wednesday. Come out and support the team as they look to defeat their county rivals for the second year in a row.
Wrestling also will be at Westview on Saturday and back home on Tuesday against Eastside.