Columbus grapplers drop season opener at Mt. Pleasant
MT. PLEASANT — Mt. Pleasant 138-pounder Rob Pohren pinned his Columbus opponent, Mitchell Roush, in the first match of the night, setting the tone for Mt. Pleasant’s season-opening dual against the Wildcats last night.
The Panthers went on to win by a score of 63-15.
“It’s always good to get a win in the first dual of the season,” Mt. Pleasant head coach Anthony Blint said. “In the first dual, you also get to see things that you have to improve on.”
For Columbus wrestlers and coaches, the dual didn’t go as well as they would have liked.
“We’re disappointed,” Wildcat head coach Bill Plein said. “A couple of kids did a good job, but [overall] we don’t know how to wrestle yet. We’re not in very good shape.”
The Wildcats picked up six points by forfeit in the second match of the night, but then Mt. Pleasant got five straight pins, starting when Michael Alderson came back from a 10-0 deficit to get a win by fall.
“Alderson had a great match,” Blint said. “[He was] down 10-0 and then cradles the kid after fighting off several cradles of his own.”
After Alderson, the Panthers got pins from 160-pounder Jayton Phillips, 170-pounder Noah Brown, 182-pounder Justin Dilks and 195-pounder Colton Aplara.
“It was good to see Jayton and Colton getting wins,” Blint said. “Those are the guys you expect to get wins — the seniors. Noah Brown also had a nice match, getting the pin after getting his head wrapped [after it started bleeding].”
Justin Dilks, who — like Jacob Dilks and Colton Aplara — was fifth in the preseason rankings, got Mt. Pleasant’s fastest pin of the night, just 1:35 into the match.
After Aplara’s pin, 220-pounder Jacob Dilks and 285-pounder Emmett Wester both won by forfeit to give Mt. Pleasant a 48-6 lead.
Columbus then got its only win by fall of the night when 106-pounder Josh Keller pinned Mt. Pleasant’s Colten Mertens in 1:33.
The Panthers responded with a win by decision in the 113-pound match, when Connor Eads, who was wrestling in his first-ever high school match, defeated Mitchell Griffin 8-5.
Tyler Lanphier took another six points for Mt. Pleasant by forfeit at 120 pounds, and then Alex Lanphier pinned Robert Martinez to give the Panthers their final score. Lanphier got the pin with only 25 seconds left in the third period.
“That was a nice, hard-fought match,” Blint said.
Columbus claimed the last match when 132-pounder Austin Edwards won a 4-1 decision over Alec Mathews. But the dual was decided long before then.
Some of the Columbus and Mt. Pleasant wrestlers will likely see each other again on Saturday, as both teams travel to the Wapello Invitational.