By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s wrestling team surprised many with a 34-32 win at Lewis Cass Wednesday, putting a damper on the Kings’ senior night.
Logan improved to 8-3 in dual meets, and Cass dropped to 19-4.
Considering the Kings defeated the Berries 57-15 a year ago and that the Kings are once again strong — ranked No. 3 in Class A of the three-class coaches’ poll — the Berries’ win has to be considered an upset.
“We thought we could beat them,” Logan coach Frank Patacsil said. “I’m not going to sit here and say that we were going to come here and lay down. This is what I’m talking about. We’re trying to get better each time. We thought it would be a tight match. If we could win a couple of close matches, if we could prevent them from getting some bonus points in a couple matches, which we did, we thought we had an opportunity to come in here and win this match.
“A lot of the kids that are wrestling this year wrestled last year, but they might not have been ready for a varsity spot last year and they were kind of tossed in there because of some injuries and some other things. So they kind of were baptized under fire. This year they’re a year older, we’re still a relatively young team, but that one year makes a big difference.”
Cass coach Nate Burrous said he was disappointed with the result.
“I knew it could be close,” he said. “You always do the math ahead of time and we had a couple matches go their way that I never dreamed would. It was disappointing. They just came here all fired up and ready to wrestle. We didn’t have practice yesterday and that’s no excuse for getting beat, but we just didn’t look like we were ready to wrestle. We’ve got a shot of winning conference this weekend but it’s going to take a lot more than that to win.”
The night started off with Logansport’s Anthony Torres winning by forfeit in the 106-pound weight class.
“This is the first match where it made any difference,” Burrous said of the forfeit. “We had a 106-pounder at the beginning of the year and we lost him to a medical condition. We’ve only lost four dual meets all year, and the three that we lost going into this it didn’t make any difference. This one, maybe it would have. But I give Logan all the credit in the world. They showed up ready to wrestle and we weren’t.”
Justin Porter followed with an 8-5 win over Drake Hall at 113 to give the Berries a 9-0 lead. Jesse Dominguez pinned Hunter Carden with 11.4 seconds left in the second period at 120 to give the Berries an early 15-0 advantage.
Jarrett Carden got the Kings on the board with a 9-1 major decision over Joshua Brandt at 126 to make it 15-4. Zach Layer followed with a 6-2 win over Daniel Dominguez at 132 to get the Kings to within 15-7.
Ryan Schrock pinned Isaac Shaffer with 32.9 seconds left in the first period at 138 to give Logan a 21-7 lead. Gerald Silva followed with a 3-2 win over Kolbie Cox at 145 to make it 24-7 Logan. Silva recorded an escape with 55 seconds left in the match for the winning point.
“The turning point was Gerald Silva winning at 145,” Patacsil said. “That was a toss-up match. It could have gone either way. It was a one-point match. Fortunately we won that match. At that point I came back and told the kids, hey, it’s ours to win if we do what we are supposed to do. We talked about obviously if you’re not winning the match, you can’t give up a pin. We had some kids, Kevin Gonzalez worked his butt off and had a big loss but kept it as a four-point score team-wise and that was huge. Same with Mike Leonard.”
Cass’ all-time wins leader, Gabe Welch, recorded a 14-1 major decision over Kevin Gonzalez at 152 to make it 24-11.
Brendan McGehee followed with a pin of Sandis Carter with 13.6 seconds left in the first period at 160 to bring the Kings to within 24-17.
James Aho struck back for the Berries with a pin of Hunter Clark with 52.8 seconds left in the second period at 170 to give Logan a 30-17 lead. John Ward then won a 10-1 major decision over John Hartley at 182 to make it 34-17.
Michael Leonard then secured the win for Logan at 195. Even though Levi Glassburn defeated Leonard by a 7-5 decision, since Leonard avoided a pin it was mathematically impossible for the Kings to win the match as they trailed 34-20 with two bouts to go.
Blaine Elliott pinned Lucas Howerton with 1:46 left in the first period at 220 for the Kings, and Brock Reish pinned Braxton Young with 23.7 seconds left in the first period to make it the 34-32 final.
“I knew it could be close. I knew they had to pull off some upsets and they pulled off two,” Burrous said. “They wrestled well. You can’t take anything away from them. They did a good job.”
Both teams will compete at their conference meets this weekend. The Berries compete at the North Central Conference meet Saturday at Huntington North.
“I think it’s wide open,” Patacsil said. “There’s probably five schools that think they can win it and it’s going to come down to who can win some close matches, who can upset a kid that is supposed to beat them. But I think if we do wrestle the way I expect us to, we’ll be right there. I can’t say that we’re going to win it, but we’ll have an opportunity to vie for the title.”
The Kings compete at the Mid-Indiana Conference meet at Northwestern Saturday.
“We absolutely have a shot,” Burrous said. “If you score out the seeds we win by four points over Peru. But it’s going to take more than what we had tonight.”
Twin Lakes 104, Pioneer 78
Gabby Harvey won both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle to lead the host Panthers. Kelsey Hill won diving and Kaity Cover won the 100 butterfly. The 400 freestyle relay team of Harvey, Groff, Miller and Cover also finished first.
Placing second were Cover in the 200 IM, Kayla Miller in the 100 freestyle, Emma Groff in the 100 backstroke and Joanna Marshall in the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. The medley relay of Groff, Marshall, Cover and Miller placed second, as did the 200 freestyle relay of Marshall, Traci Stark, Emily Nice and Harvey.
Twin Lakes 101, Pioneer 76
Dylan Bice was a double winner in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke to lead Pioneer.
Placing second were Spenser Ulrich in the 200 freestyle, Mason DeWitt in the 500 freestyle, Tyler Shaw in the 100 freestyle, Carter Ulrich in the 100 breaststroke and Drew Benesh in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Benesh, Bice, Carter Ulrich and Tyler Shaw finished second in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Austin Harmon, Jacob Van Horn, Spenser Ulrich and Mason DeWitt earned a second in the 200 freestyle relay.