NORTH VERNON — Even though Jennings County won 58-20 in Tuesday’s wrestling match against Columbus North, the match was a little bit closer than what the final score indicated.
North coach Nick Skinner was shorthanded in the match and had to switch some guys around. Regardless of the changes, he says there were a lot of missed opportunities in key spots.
“Across the board, we put up more points than I thought we would, so I am happy with that,” he said. “Other than that, we made a lot of mistakes that we should not have made. We have been trying to fix those mistakes for over a week now, so we will have to keep working on that.”
The Bull Dogs were able to score to two falls. Andrew Chapman defeated the Panthers’ Sam Woolf just over one minute into the first period at 170 pounds, and Nick Tungett downed Dakotah Pearson in the second period at 220.
The Bull Dogs also scored at 132 when Curtis Collins defeated the Panthers’ Jagur Marshal by a 13-2 major decision. The Bull Dogs scored another major at 182, with Josh Larson defeating Jaylan Kirchner 15-4.
“Nick did what he had to do to close out the match,” Skinner said. “Larson had a great performance tonight and Chapman did just fine.”
The rest of the matches, though, belonged to Jennings County. They scored 12 easy points when Victor Antunez (113) and Zane Beinke (145) won their respective matches via forfeit.
The Panthers also tallied six falls.
At 106, Dennis Allman won against the Bull Dogs’ Morgan Smith in the second period. Dalton Craig also scored a fall for the Panthers in the second period at 120 against Isaiah Peetz, and Nick South pinned Dallin Anderson at 132 in the first period.
Cole Chandler won against Brigham Kleinhenz at 160 by fall in the third period. The Panthers Christian Redmond, who was a state finalist last year, pinned Daniel Garcia in the first round at 195.
Brendan Sutton, another state finalist a year ago, registered a fall in the heavyweight division against the Bull Dogs’ Edgar Bonilla in the second round.
The Panthers also got a couple of major decisions at 152 when Andrew Herrin, who was a state finalist at 145 last year, defeated Jacob Broaddus 19-4, and at 138 when Brooks Wathen defeated Will Russell 18-3.
“The good thing about it being in the middle of the season is that there is still room for improvement,” Jennings County coach Howard Jones said. “The score is not an indicator of how close it was. (Columbus North) was in it in several of the matches that we won and we were in several of the matches that they won. We are gradually progressing.”