NORTH VERNON — Jennings County won 10 of the 14 matches against Columbus North on its way to beating the Bull Dogs 56-17 on Tuesday.
Tyler Williams of North won the first match 20-4 against Dathan Malone at 113 pounds to score the first four points, but the Panthers won the next eight matches to go up 44-4. The Bull Dogs forfeited five total matches in the loss.
“But the guys that did wrestle wrestled really good tonight,” North coach Justin Cooper said.
Jennings’ Victor Antunez beat Ashton Clark 10-1 at 120, followed by three North forfeits at 126, 132 and 138 to put the Panthers up 24-4. Jennings’ Rusty Vaughn (145) pinned Dallin Anderson in the third period before another forfeit by the Bull Dogs at 152. They also forfeited 106.
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The Panthers’ Cameron Woodard defeated Dylan England 11-4 at 160, then Jennings’ Zane Beineke beat Tom Hancock 19-5 at 170. The other win for the Panthers came from Brady Shepherd, who pinned Bradley Guttierez in the first period at 285.
“Overall, I’m proud of what they did, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Jennings coach Howard Jones said. “I don’t want to take anything from Columbus North because they put up a good fight. We had a couple of weight classes that we should have done better, but we’ll take what we’ve got and try to build on it.”
Brigham Kleinhenz earned six points for the Bull Dogs at 182 by pinning Jaylan Kirchner in the second period. North’s Tay Wells followed that up by beating Sam Bennett 23-13 at 195. Ethan Rogers won a close match at 220 for the Bull Dogs, beating Jake Coffman 8-6.
“Tay’s match was great. He got about 10 takedowns, but we’ve got a lot of work to do on the mat with him,” Cooper said. “Ethan Rogers had a great match — came down to the last 10-15 seconds, also.”