Demons defeat Golden Hawks, Warriors and Bears
VICTOR — The Washington wrestling team rolled to three non-conference dual meet victories on Thursday night at HLV. The Demons blasted BGM 59-18, handled the host Warriors 54-9 and blew out Mid-Prairie 48-21.
“We wrestled pretty well overall, I think,” Washington head coach Brent Van Weedlen said. “I told the guys we were a little sloppy in a couple of areas, but for the most part our kids went out and wrestled aggressively, and it paid dividends in the end.”
Against BGM, Washington senior 138-pounder Mitchell Hora, junior 160-pounder Austin Latcham and sophomore 182-pounder Brad Skubal each pinned their opponents, and freshman Michael Ellingson won by technical fall at 120 pounds.
“Michael stepped in for us at 120 and won a match,” Van Weelden said. “They bumped their kid up from 113 to avoid [fifth-ranked] Fletcher [Green], and Michael won by technical fall.”
The Demons also won six matches by forfeit against the undermanned Bears.
Host HLV was similarly overmatched. Hora, freshman 132-pounder Jarek Brown, junior 152-pounder Tanner Knupp and senior 182-pounder Brody Warth each pinned their opponents, and the Warriors forfeited five matches to the Demons.
“Both of those teams are building their programs back up,” Van Weelden said of BGM and HLV. “In reality, we wanted to go out and win more matches [on the night] than we lost. Besides forfeits, we only lost six matches, so that was pretty good.”
The Demons finished 16-6 in contested matches on the night. They won eight of those matches over the Golden Hawks in the night’s final dual. Brown, Knupp, Skubal, Green and senior 145-pounder Matt Grote each pinned their opponents. Hora, who was a perfect 3-0 on the night, won by injury default. Latcham and sophomore 220-pounder Kyle Collier both won 5-1 decisions, and Ellingson received a forfeit.
“Overall, it was a pretty good team performance throughout the night,” Van Weelden said.
Mid-Prairie won a pair of matches against the Demons, as junior 182-pounder Phirom Peterschmidt and freshman 106-pounder Ryan Errthum both won by fall.
The Golden Hawks won their other two dual meets.
Mid-Prairie blew out BGM 60-18. Peterschmidt and senior 138-pounder Kendall Bontrager pinned their opponents, and the Golden Hawks received eight forfeits from the Bears. Mid-Prairie also blasted HLV 60-12. Peterschmidt, Bontrager, freshman 152-pounder Miguel Sanchez and senior 195-pounder Nearoth Peterschmidt each won by fall, and the Golden Hawks won six matches by forfeit.
Mid-Prairie will travel to the Center Point-Urbana tournament tomorrow while Washington, which improved to 16-1 overall, will head to the East Marshall dual tournament. The Demons will take on Benton, Independence and the host Mustangs in pool competition and wrestle in five duals on the day.
“I haven’t looked at their lineups to see where they’re strong and weak, but I think all four of those teams [in our pool] are pretty even,” Van Weelden said. “I think we’ll have some pretty close duals.”