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It really wasn’t as suspenseful as it seemed to be.

East senior wrestler Jimmy Fisher took the mat Wednesday with the result of his 170-pound match set to decide the overall showdown between the Olympians and visiting Mooresville.

The Pioneers seemed to know exactly where they stood as they held a 31-30 lead but had an inexperienced freshman in Kaleb Sander going up against Fisher, a regional champ last season for East.

It was such a mismatch that Mooresville’s wrestlers were chuckling as the two shook hands. “He’s tired,” one of the Pioneers shouted to Sander as the match was about to begin.

Fisher mauled Sander, pinning him in a minute and 13 seconds. That gave East a 36-31 lead, and a forfeit win at 182 left the Olympians with a 42-31 victory.

“I was confident,” Fisher said with a smile. “And it’s always good to be able to secure a win for the team.”

Fisher, who was one victory from qualifying for the state tournament a year ago, deserved a break since he is coming off a last-second 5-3 loss to Floyd Central’s Chase Herron for the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament title at 170. East coach Chris Cooper said Fisher, who had the flu Wednesday, has wrestled a really tough schedule, perhaps tougher than anyone else on his team.

“He will be fine,” Cooper said of Fisher as he heads toward

sectional.

“I feel like I’m improving every day,” Fisher said. “I’ve had some really good matches, but I’m getting better.”

Although East won the dual meet, some of their wrestlers let close matches slip away.

East 132-pounder Dalton Noblitt, the area’s only representative in the state meet a season ago, dropped a 3-1 decision to Mooresville’s Mitch Anderson.

Noblitt forced a headlock with about 30 seconds remaining in the match, and Anderson managed to fight his way out of it, squirming behind Noblitt for the takedown.

Although Noblitt looked like the more aggressive wrestler, often coming close to securing takedowns on double leg shots, he couldn’t close the deal.

“We had three tough matches in a row, at 132, 138 and 145,” Cooper said. “We thought those matches would be tight, but I don’t think we wrestled to our abilities.

“Dalton is a kid who is so explosive, he has got to attack the legs right away. He has to grind matches out. He should not have forced a headlock.”

Noblitt defeated Anderson last season 4-3.

East senior Logan Doyle dropped a 4-3 decision at 138 to Christian Warren, and the Olympians’ Ben Wilkerson lost 5-2 to Draven McIntyre at 145.

“Those are the kind of kids that we need to be able to beat to get to the next level,” Cooper said. “We still have a few weeks left to work on things.”

Cooper was pleased with the effort of Jacob Martindale, who pinned Jake Hawkins at 120 pounds. Hawkins had beaten Martindale a year ago.

“Until last week, he had struggled,” Cooper said of Martindale. “That win against Columbus North seemed to be the turning point.”

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