Demon wrestlers still perfect
It was the final home dual of the season for the Washington High School wrestling team and the Demons made sure their undefeated season didn’t end on their home mat. Washington hosted the BGM Bears and HLV Warriors, defeating both opponents with their talented lineup.
The event began with Washington’s 160-pound senior Austin Latcham getting a forfeit to put the Demons up 6-0 in the match. The actual wrestling then began with Washington facing BGM at 170 pounds. Demon freshman Karlton Skubal faced the Bears’ sophomore Colton Massengale. After a hard-fought match that nearly went the distance, Massengale got a pin literally a split second before the buzzer to end the bout and tied the meet up at six points for each team.
Washington’s Brad Skubal then faced BGM’s senior Adam Hawkins in the 182-pound match. Hawkins got a takedown late in the first to take a 2-1 lead into the second, then got two more takedowns over the course of the match to claim the 6-1 decision and put BGM ahead in the meet 9-6.
BGM senior Christian Williams received a forfeit at 195 to further the BGM advantage to 15-6, both teams passed on the 220 pound bout and it was time for sophomore Chandler Reid of Washington and sophomore Brendan Hasley of BGM to take the mat for the 285-pound bout.
After a scoreless first period, Hasley and Reid fought to a 5-5 tie at the end of the second. A Hasley escape in the third period gave him the narrow 6-5 decision and furthered the Bears’ lead to 18-6.
“We had seen BGM earlier in the year so the difficulty in the upper weight classes wasn’t a surprise; they aren’t scrubs in any sense of the word” Washington head coach Brent Van Weelden explained.
From there on it was all Washington as the Demons dispatched the Bears’ hopes of an upset. Freshmen Alex Latcham and Andrew Waite both got forfeits at the 106- and 113-pound classes, respectively to give Washington the necessary 12 points to tie the team scores.
Undefeated senior Fletcher Green then did what he does at 120 pounds, pinning the Bear junior Curtis Klein in 1:03 to give the Demons the 24-18 lead. Freshman Trey Van Weelden and sophomore Michael Ellingson got forfeits for the 126- and 132-pound matches to further Washington’s advantage to 36-18.
Senior Tristan Pohren then took the mat for Washington against BGM senior Storm Ribby. Pohren used his athleticism to eventually get a pin in 5:11 and increase the Demon advantage to 42-18. Washington junior Alex Gonzalez then faced the Bear freshman Caleb Hasley at 145 pounds and made short work of Hasley, pinning him after 1:05.
With the score standing at 48-18 Washington, senior Tanner Knupp took the mat in the 152-pound bout against BGM senior Gage Winter. Knupp used two takedowns in the first to take a 4-0 lead into the second but was unable to make anymore progress in the second. Knupp and Winter traded takedowns and escapes in the third to create a final score of 7-3 with Knupp getting the decision. The final score was 51-18 with the Demons claiming the victory.
Washington took their respite and then returned to the mat to face HLV’s bevy of opponents. The meet with HLV began with seven forfeitures. Washington freshman Seth Townsend got a forfeit at 182, B. Skubal at 195 and HLV’s Ed Henning received a forfeit at 220 lbs.
Reid got a forfeit at 285 pounds then Alex Latcham and Waite both got their second forfeits of the night at 106 and 113 pounds. Green received a forfeit at 120 pounds and it was time for the actual wrestling to begin with Washington having a 36-6 lead.
Trey Van Weelden shook hands with HLV freshman Dakota Huber and then put Huber’s shoulders to the mat in 1:05 to increase the Demon advantage to 42-6. Pohren then took the mat with the opportunity to wrap up the meet victory for Washington.
He followed Van Weelden’s example, pinning the Warrior freshman Kyler Klesner after 1:03. With the dual victory already secured at 48-6, the Demons continued to pad their lead.
In the 138-pound match Washington sophomore Jarek Brown pinned HLV freshman Kenny Kriegel then in the 145 pound match Gonzalez made short work of Warrior sophomore Dakota Newton, pinning Newton in 0:37.
Knupp, Austin Latcham and K. Skubal all got forfeits for Washington at 152, 160 and 170 pounds respectively to make the final score 78-6 Demons.
“We’ve got a really solid team. Even our freshmen have been wrestling since they were 4 or 5 years old so it isn’t like they are being thrown to wolves when they wrestle upperclassmen. We have a lot of talented kids and that showed tonight against both teams,” Brent Van Weelden added.
There were also three junior varsity matches on the night. Washington’s 132-pound freshman Bryce Craff pinned Warrior freshman Michael Davis in 1:27. Derek Stender, a sophomore who wrestled at 152 pounds, got two pins. The first came over the Bear freshman Price Hall in 0:25 and the second over Bear sophomore Taylor Staton in 1:08.
Washington wrestles again on Saturday, Jan. 25 at East Marshall.