Roy C. Ketcham High School wrestling hosted Putnam Valley on Wednesday in Wappinger.
It wasn’t a win on the scoreboard, but the Indians can still benefit from Wednesday’s match, Josh Shoemaker said.
The wrestling team from Roy C. Ketcham High School learned the importance of being prepared, the Indians’ coach said, after a 60-24 loss to visiting Putnam Valley in Wappingers Falls.
“They came ready, and we didn’t,” Shoemaker said after his Indians fell to 1-6 on the season. “You have to be able to go out hard on the mat every single time. We were flat.
“We either pinned a kid or got pinned.”
In all, nine Ketcham grapplers lost by pinfall — “A couple of the matches we got pinned in, we were winning,” Shoemaker said — while three Indians won by pin.
At 220 pounds, Murphy Wilson pinned his Putnam Valley opponent in 40 seconds. Ketcham’s Elias Vera (132) won via pinfall in 1:30, while teammate Danny Murphy (152) used a pin in 2:08 to prevail.
David Rodriguez (138) earned Ketcham’s only other victory by forfeit.
“We’re a young team,” Shoemaker said, “but we didn’t wrestle up to our capability. The aggressive team wins. If we don’t go hard and we don’t shoot, we can’t win points.”
Ketcham will next compete in Beacon’s tournament this Friday and Saturday. When Ketcham hosts John Jay on Jan. 28, the Indians will hold fundraisers to benefit childhood cancer charities.
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