Shorthanded Demons finish eighth at Solon Invitational
SOLON — Washington’s shorthanded wrestling squad finished eighth out of 11 teams at Saturday’s Solon Invitational.
“We only took nine guys out of the 14,” Washington head coach Brent Van Weelden said. “And Tristan [Pohren] and Kyle Collier both injury defaulted out of the tournament after their first match, so they didn’t score points for us.”
Pohren, Washington’s 120-pounder, tweaked his shoulder in his first match of the day, while Collier, the Demons’ 220-pounder, injured his elbow in his first match. Neither wrestled the rest of the day as a precaution, and both are expected to be back in the lineup when the Demons wrestle at HLV on Thursday night.
Brad Skubal, Washington’s 170-pounder, also did not wrestle on Saturday after injuring his knee last week. He is also expected back on Thursday.
Washington, which scored 94 points, had one champion and two runners-up at Saturday’s tournament.
Junior Fletcher Green, who is ranked fifth in Class 2A, won the 113-pound bracket. After a first-round bye, he won a major decision over Mid-Prairie’s Josh Murphy and then pinned Wapello’s Jack Walker in 34 seconds in the finals.
“He wrestled pretty well to get a major decision and a pin on the day,” Van Weelden said of Green.
Senior Mitchell Hora and junior Tanner Knupp both lost to a ranked opponent in the finals of their respective weight classes.
Hora, a 138-pounder, pinned his first two opponents, but lost a 7-4 decision to seventh-ranked Logan Loftus of Iowa Valley in the finals.
“That was a really close match,” Van Weelden said. “It was 5-4, and then Mitchell tried to get a takedown at the end and got taken down.”
Knupp, a 152-pounder, also pinned his first two opponents. But he got pinned in the finals by seventh-ranked Tyler Donovan of West Branch.
“That’s who beat him at the Highland tournament as well,” Van Weelden said.
Washington sophomore Michael Witt took third place at 106 pounds, and senior Matt Grote took fourth at 145 pounds. Senior Brandon Rhinhart finished sixth at 160 pounds.
“Overall, we didn’t wrestle that bad,” Van Weelden said. “We just didn’t have very many kids there.”