Despite dropping its final two matches in Saturday’s Bull Dog Wrestling Invitational, Columbus North made a big improvement from last year’s event.
The Bull Dogs, who went 1-4 a year ago, went 3-2 Saturday to finish fourth out of 10 teams.
“We wrestled better than we have in the past,” North coach Nick Skinner said. “We’re still making progress.”
The Bull Dogs began the day by beating Brown County 56-13, Madison 58-19 and Edgewood 36-33 before falling to New Palestine 59-15 in a match that decided the Pool A champion. North then fell to Triton Central 40-28 in the third-place match.
Zeke Gomez, who normally wrestles 132 pounds, bumped up to 138 for the final two matches and went 5-0 to improve to 14-2 for the season.
“I didn’t think much of (bumping up a weight class),” Gomez said. “I just go out there and wrestle and treat it like a normal match. There’s nothing special. It’s just having fun and doing what you love to do, and you work hard for it, so you might as well go out there and win.”
Brandon Woods (220) also went 5-0 to improve to 16-9.
“I was doing moves that one of my old coaches taught me and basic moves that Skinner taught me at the same time and combining those to help me,” Woods said.
Kenny King split time at 285 and went 3-0 with two forfeits. Cody Speaker (120) and Andrew Jones (152) went 3-2.
“I was very impressed with (Woods) today,” Skinner said. “Cody Speaker wrestled well, but he had some very tough opponents. Will Speaker is putting a lot more heart into it than he did last year.”
The Bull Dogs have only five seniors among the 14 weight classes.
“Our juniors and sophomores this year are wrestling well, and if they put a good summer in, we will look very good for next year,” Skinner said. “We’re going to be tough next year, and I think this year toward the end of the season, we’re going to be ready to wrestle come sectional time.”
Brown County went 0-4 in Pool A before downing Southport 40-26 in the ninth-place match. After beginning with the loss to North, the Eagles fell to Edgewood 48-30, New Palestine 80-0 and Madison 42-39.
New Palestine beat Class 2A No. 1 Yorktown 66-15 in the championship match.