When Centerville High School’s wrestling team won the Class A championship at last month’s Connersville Spartan Classic, head coach Mike Day had high praise for his seniors.
Dakota Tipton, Austin Killion, Enrique Calderon and Bryce Robinson, he said, have helped return a sense of pride to the Bulldog wrestling program.
The four-year quartet will be honored Tuesday night and will also have a chance to make a statement in the Tri-Eastern Conference.
Reigning TEC champion Winchester pays a visit to Centerville for a Senior Night dual meet.
“That should be another good dual, just like this one,” Day said following Thursday’s 47-28 dual victory over Union County.
The Patriots and Falcons have claimed the past six TEC titles, but Centerville has the weapons to end that.
Winchester won TEC titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, while Union County won in 2010 and 2012.
The last team to win other than those two?
Centerville had back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.
However exciting last Thursday’s narrow victory was, Day knows the team has to keep its focus, both on Tuesday and during Saturday’s TEC tournament.
Both Union County and Centerville had six winners in head-to-head matches, Winchester defeated Union County in a recent dual, but both Union County and TEC foe Hagerstown got the best of the Falcons in the Charlie Hilton/Wayne County Invitational last weekend at Richmond.
“Duals used to mean something in our conference when it was half and half, so that would’ve been a big deal. But now it’s just get better as you wrestle, and (Union County) probably look at it the same way. It’s just a dual to get better so we can wrestle well at the end of the year,” Day said.
The Randolph County Victory Key traveling trophy has been doing a lot of that recently — traveling.
After not leaving Winchester for four years, Randolph Southern finally took they key back to Lynn last year after defeating the Falcons two weeks after they stretched their Randolph County Tournament reign to four straight.
Winchester knocked the Rebels out of the 2013 county tournament, but Southern came back and beat the Falcons 58-47 to take the key.
The Rebels lost the key for a grand total of three days and five quarters last week when Union defeated them 55-51 in the county tournament championship.
Again, the Rebels avenged the loss, this time defeating Union 54-43 in overtime last Thursday.
Winchester will host Randolph Southern this coming Thursday.
“We’ve got to go back to work and prepare for Winchester,” Randolph Southern coach Jerimy Stephan said. “They’re coming for the key. Because that’s bragging rights in Randolph County, they want it.”