Senior Night in WashingtonSix seniors to be recognized at the first home meet of the year
Thursday’s dual meet between Washington and Fairfield and Ottumwa marks the first home meet for the Demons this year.
With only three home meets scheduled this season and the possibility of the next two being canceled due to weather, head coach Brent Van Weelden has elected to have Senior Night, Thursday at 6 p.m.
The six seniors on the team are Luke Brown, who will compete at 182 pounds, Fletcher Green, who will battle at the 120-pound class, Logan Howard is at 170 pounds for the junior varsity, Tanner Knupp, who is out with a wrist injury, Austin Latcham at the 160-pound class and Tristan Pohren, who is at 138 pounds.
“(Green and Pohren) should be two of the best guys in the state,” Van Weelden said. “Every time they step on the mat, they should win. That is their mentality.”
Fairfield is a familiar local foe for the upperclassmen, while Ottumwa has never faced Washington, according to Van Weelden.
“I think Ottumwa is going to come out guns blazing with a new coach, and more kids coming out than they have had in a long time,” Van Weelden said.
Van Weelden said Fairfield is pretty young except for their older kids, who are at their upper weights.
“Usually pretty aggressive and really active on their feet,” Pohren said, “they usually battle on their feet.”
Pohren is all-too-familiar with Fairfield, having played them every year in the Southeast conference and with his family ties to the Trojans.
“My Dad went to Fairfield,” Pohren said. “He says I’m never good enough to be a Fairfield kid. I haven’t lost to a Fairfield kid since junior high.”
This will be the last first home meet of the season for the six seniors.
“It is pretty exciting,” Pohren said. “You like to have your home crowd come out.”
“Across the board we have pretty good talent. Everybody comes every day and works hard to get better.”
Junior Alex Gonzalez, a 152-pounder, is coming off his first tournament title at the varsity level at Pekin after going 3-0.
“It was good for Alex; he really needed that,” Pohren said. “That was a big confidence booster.”
Van Weelden said that Gonzalez may be the most athletic kid in the school.
“He needs to know how to channel all that energy and put it into moves,” Van Weelden said. “He has come a long way in a year.”
Gonzalez will likely match up with Fairfield senior Bryce Lunsford.
Freshman Andrew Waite will compete at the 106-pound class. Freshman Kyle Anderson will compete at 113 pounds.
Sophomore Michael Ellingson will battle at the 126-pound weight.
Freshman Trey Van Weelden will be at 132 pounds.
Sophomore Jarek Brown will weigh in at 138 pounds.
Junior Brad Skubal at 195, and freshman Karlton Skubal will battle at 170 pounds, to round out the varsity squad.
Sophomore Grant Shive, JV, will be at 195 pounds.
James Zabel hasn’t gotten enough practices under his belt as a freshman to compete for varsity at the 285-pound heavyweight.
Junior and 220-pound wrestler Kyle Collier has been sick and will not compete. Sophomore Byrce Rickey will be out with a bad shoulder. Freshman Chandler Reid will probably to compete for JV at 220 pounds.
Freshman Seth Townsend will be in the 182-pound class for JV. Sophomore Derek Stender will compete at the 145-pound class for junior varsity.
Freshman Alex Latcham will battle at 106 pounds for junior varsity.
Freshman Austin Hazelett will be at 120 pounds for junior varsity.
Freshman Bryce Craff will be at 132 pounds for junior varsity.
The prep wrestling type is folk style. The goal of the wrestlers is to gain control of their opponent. When a wrestler loses control they lose points.
The match is over when both shoulder blades touch the mat, which is called a pin.
Each battle can last up to seven minutes, three in the first period and two for the next two.
Each wrestler will take a down position in the two closing periods. The order of down positions at the start is determined by a coin flip.
If the score is still tied a sudden-death fourth match is played for 30 seconds.
Typically the winner is the person who escapes.
Points are scored when you hold your opponent’s shoulder to the mat, 2 points for three seconds and 3 for five seconds.
When a wrestler escapes the grasp of the controller he scores 1 point. If the wrestler goes from being controlled to a control position it is worth 2 points.