With so many forfeits in Central and Blue River’s dual wrestling match Tuesday, the 106-pound class meeting between two female wrestlers became an even more notable aspect of the proceedings.
It represented the only points the Vikings scored all night.
Blue River’s Emeline Scott pinned the Bearcats’ Raven Stovall in 1:31 to bring an end to the rare meeting between female wrestlers from the area, but Central won the match 72-6.
The Vikings had to forfeit 11 of 14 classes because the flu took two competitors from their already small roster.
Scott was a Indiana State Wrestling Association girls state champion last year as a freshman and held a decided experience advantage against Stovall, who only started wrestling this season.
But Stovall managed to get off her back and escape a near-fall early to extend the match before Scott got her pin.
“A chicken wing is what she used for a pinning combination,” Central coach Mark Scott said.
The match ended an odd situation for Mark Scott, who is Emeline Scott’s father. He said he always has to pull for the Bearcats as he’s coached them for more than two decades, and he felt some relief getting past the night.
“It’s sort of strange,” Mark Scott said. “But you just sort of have to put it out of your mind and coach your athletes. And when it’s all over, you shake everybody’s hand and tell your kids good job and you tell your own kid good job.”