Demons suffer their first dual meet loss at Fort Madison
FORT MADISON — The 42-16 final score of Washington’s Southeast Conference dual meet loss at Fort Madison on Thursday night may look bad, but had five close matches gone the other way, the outcome could have been reversed.
Washington 103-pounder Michael Witt and 138-pounder Mitchell Hora both lost overtime matches. Sophomore 126-pounder Tony Landstrum and freshman heavyweight Darius Stogner both lost by a single point, while junior 113-pounder Fletcher Green lost a 3-1 decision to Fort Madison’s Bryce Meyer in a match between ranked wrestlers.
Fort Madison won the first five matches of Thursday’s meet to take a 21-0 lead before Washington junior 152-pounder Tanner Knupp put the Demons on the board with a 3-2 decision over Fort Madison’s Brady Petry. Washington sophomore Brad Skubal won a 7-2 decision at 170 pounds, but the Demons trailed 33-6 heading into the 195-pound match.
Senior Aaron Kempf pinned Fort Madison’s Cody Charonneau with six seconds remaining in the first period to keep Washington’s hopes alive.
"I was trying to help the team out and do what I could,” Kempf said.
Washington sophomore Kyle Collier won a major decision at 220 pounds, but the Demons needed to win by fall in each of their final three matches. However, Fort Madison won all three bouts, each by two points or less.
The loss was Washington first dual loss of the season and the Demons fall to 9-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Washington travels to the Gary Curtis Invite at Highland on Saturday.