Oh, my!Demons defeat Lions, Tigers and Bears
LONE TREE — The Washington wrestling team picked up three dual meet wins at Lone Tree on Tuesday night.
The Demons defeated overmatched Lone Tree and English Valleys squads by scores of 61-12 and 57-16, respectively, and then defeated Tipton 51-30 in the final dual of the night.
“We kind of went into those duals [on Tuesday] with the idea that we would win them,” said Washington head coach Brent Van Weelden, whose team improved to 12-1 on the season. “We wanted to go in and use it to sharpen our skills for tonight against Mt. Pleasant.”
Washington seniors Mitchell Hora, Matt Grote and Brandon Rhinhart each pinned their Lone Tree opponents. Junior 152-pounder Tanner Knupp won a 19-11 major decision over Lone Tree’s Keaton Kane, and sophomore 132-pounder Tony Landstrum won a 9-2 decision.
“The best matchup of the night was Knupp against Kane from Lone Tree,” Van Weelden said. “[Kane] only had two or three losses [going into the match]. It was 19-11, so it was a high flying match there for a while.”
Hora and sophomore 170-pounder Brad Skubal won matches by fall against English Valleys, and sophomore 182-pounder Colton Twinam picked up his first varsity win with a 6-3 decision over Luke Jackson.
“Colton Twinam hadn’t wrestled any varsity matches, so it was nice to see him get into the lineup and win a match for us,” Van Weelden said.
The Demons won six matches by forfeit against Lone Tree and received seven forfeits from English Valleys.
“Both of those teams had some holes in their lineups,” Van Weelden said of the Lions and Bears. “They’re struggling to get kids out [for their teams], which makes it tough to win duals. Against EV, it was 3-3, so it was pretty evenly matched.”
Hora, Grote, Knupp, senior 195-pounder Aaron Kempf and freshman 113-pounder Michael Ellingson each pinned their Tipton opponents. Skubal won a 9-4 decision, and the Demons also won three matches by forfeit.
“Tipton had pretty much a full lineup,” Van Weelden said. “They were without two kids and we were without one. That’s why we wrestled them last. It was the quote-unquote marquee match. They’re a good club.”
Hora, Washington’s 138-pounder, won all three of his matches on Tuesday night. Grote, the Demons’ 145-pounder, won two matches by fall and one by forfeit. Knupp won by fall, major decision and forfeit, while Skubal won by fall, decision and forfeit.
Washington will host rival Mt. Pleasant for a Southeast Conference dual meet tonight. The Demons will have sixth-ranked Fletcher Green, who missed Tuesday’s meet with illness, back in the lineup, but will be without Landstrum and senior Logan Howard, who are out sick, and Skubal (knee) is questionable.
“They’ll be missing a couple of kids in their lineup, as we will, so it will be interesting to see how this one shakes out,” Van Weelden said.