The Centerville wrestling team defeated Tri-Eastern Conference rival Northeastern 66-18 on Tuesday night.
Centerville was able to secure this victory by winning all but three matches.
“Well, obviously, I think our kids’ experience showed through some of the matches,” said Centerville coach Mike Day. “I mean you could see that toward the end of the periods, but they’ve (Northeastern) got a good little team there. Coach (Bronson Curtis) has got them going pretty good … and they’re going to be a good little run for our team at the end of the season.”
Centerville came out with a quick start with Cameron Barnett pinning Trevor Owen with 51 seconds remaining in the first period at 220 pounds.
Centerville continued this trend by winning with pins in the first minute of the first period from Dakota Tipton at 138 and Randy Jordan at 170.
Also winning with pins for Centerville were Taylor Nobbe at 113, Alston Jenkinson at 120, Javon Phillips at 126, Isaiah Michaels at 132, Mitchell Burelison at 152 and Bryce Robinson at 182.
The Bulldogs also won two matches by forfeit: Isaac Creigmile at 285 and Enrique Calderon at 195.
“We’ve just got to work hard at practice and keep getting after it,” Day said, “and if we do that you know good thing happen when you work hard. Iron sharpens iron, so you just got to keep after it.”
Even though Northeastern lost the meet it was still able to win three matches.
The first came from a pin by Colton Handley over Luke Markley with 16 seconds remaining in in the second period at 106.
The next two wins for the Knights were also pins — one by Austin McNew over Dylan Mull at 145 and the other by Quest Schwab over Conner Allen at 160.
“I told the guys before we came out here that Centerville’s an experienced team,” said Northeastern coach Bronson Curtis. “They’ve got a lot of veterans and we’ve got to come out and make a statement. Even though we’re freshmen, we’ve got to be aggressive, wrestle well and not give up. And not be afraid of them because they’ve got good wrestlers. And I’m happy with what everybody did. I think everybody did exactly that.”
The Knights will be back at the mat this Thursday against Lincoln. Centerville’s next match will be this Saturday at the Rushville Invitational.