Richmond’s Alston Bane, top, wrestles Union County’s Tyler Redd during a meet in Liberty Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.
LIBERTY, Ind. – Union County had a printed wrestling roster of just 12 Wednesday night for its annual dual match with Richmond.
But the nine Patriots who took the mat showed their quality in posting a 46-23 win over the Red Devils. The Patriots won seven of the nine matches.
The only UC wrestlers to lose fell to Red Devil standouts Alston Bane (145) and Nate Trawick (285).
Not that any of the nine contested weight divisions lacked drama, as enthusiastic fans from both schools filled the Roy Stevens Gymnasium for the mat action on Wilbur Curry Court.
Both coaches saw positive results from the early season dual match between the longtime rivals.
“Our experience showed tonight (Wednesday),” said longtime Union County coach Dan Briggs. “It (the performance) is what I expected, but you have to get that talent out there on the mat and use that experience, and the kids did a good job.”
Matches started at 145 pounds, and standout Richmond sophomore Bane started the competition with a technical fall by a score of 18-0 in just two periods.
But the home team then took over.
First, it was an 11-3 decision for UC’s Levi Oswald, followed by consecutive pins by Jon Ramey (160), Wes Hertel (170) and Dylan Dearth (182) that moved the Patriots ahead 22-5.
A forfeit for UC’s Joe Haarmeyer was then followed by a Kade Stephens pin for a commanding 34-5 lead.
An outstanding match at 285 pounds then came between state-ranked senior Nate Trawick and solid sophomore Clark Minges of Union County.
It was close until the end of the second period when Trawick pinned Minges just two seconds before the end of the period to make the team score 34-11, Union County.
A double forfeit provided no points at 106 pounds, then QuinDarius Deloney and Jerrell Deloney of Richmond won by forfeit at 113 and 120 pounds, respectively.
That made the score 34-23 for the Patriots, with 126, 132 and 138 pounds remaining.
Since the 132-pound class was again a double forfeit, Richmond had to win both weight classes to have a chance in the team score.
But UC sophomore Cameron Coffman got the pin at 126 pounds, then senior Cole Bowers finished the night in a like manner for the Pats at 138, finishing the decisive 46-23 victory.
“I was just trying to finish it for our team,” said Bowers, a semistate qualifier last season. “I am a captain of this team, and wanted to get that done and work hard every day in practice, to set an example for my team, and do my best. That is what it takes.”
Richmond head coach Jeremy Bane was not discouraged by the outcome.
“Bane and Nate are going to come out and take care of business (win). That is what they do every day in practice and in matches, but our other kids have very little experience. Nine of them are first-year wrestlers. It is just going to take time, and matches, for the inexperienced kids to get better,” the coach said. “The kids work hard. I just want them to learn from their mistakes and not make the mistakes again. Union County has a good team, an experienced team, and that really showed in this match.”
Trawick is chasing high goals in the final season of his stellar prep mat career.
“It was a good match. Clark is a good wrestler and has picked up some things. I just wanted to make good shots, not take bad shots, be in a good position, and it is good for me to be in a longer match and build my conditioning for longer matches against good competition later in the season,” Trawick said. “I want to build towards the Classic (Connersville event in early January). I want to win that — I’ve been second the past two years — then win conference (NCC) and go back to state.”
Trawick, a football and track standout, as well, is signed to play Division I football at Miami of Ohio.
Both teams are back in action at invitationals Saturday, with Richmond going to the Summit Country Day (Ohio) Invitational near Cincinnati and Union County going to the Milan Invitational.
PATRIOTS 46, RED DEVILS 23
145 – Bane (R) won by tech. fall over Redd (UC) 18-0; 152 – Oswald (UC) dec. Weireter (R) 11-3; 160 – Ramey (UC) pinned Hazelbaker (R) :59; 170 – Hertel (UC) pinned Parker (R) 1:04; 182 – Dearth (UC) pinned Redmon (R) 1:40; 195 – Haarmeyer (UC) won by forfeit; 220 – Stephens (UC) pinned Bost (R) 1:51; 285 – Trawick (R) pinned Minges (UC) 3:58; 106 – double forfeit; 113 – Q. Deloney (R) won by forfeit; 120 – J. Deloney (R) won by forfeit; 126 – double forfeit; 132 – Coffman (UC) pinned Plunkett (R) 3:39; 138 – Bowers (UC) pinned O’Brien (R) 5:26.