By Staff Reports
As Columbus North head wrestling coach Nick Skinner continues to build his program, he knows his grapplers will learn some painful lessons.
Pain was theme of the night for the Bull Dogs on Thursday as No. 6 Franklin registered a 69-6 victory in Columbus.
“We knew what it would be like,” said Skinner, who has entered his second season as head coach. “This is the kind of competition you see at the state and semi-state level. We knew we would have tough matches.”
Even so, Skinner wants to continue scheduling tough teams.
“We’ve added more tough teams that I know will hurt our record, but if we are going to build the program to where we want it to be, you have to wrestle the top 10 teams.”
Bull Dogs 145-pounder Chase Champman scored the team’s only victory, a pin with 52 seconds remaining in the third period against Franklin’s Joseph Stevenson. Even that was a hard-fought win.
Midway through the second period, the match was tied at 4, but then Champman took over from there, wearing out Stevenson with his aggression.
“Chase had a decent second and third period on top,” Skinner said. “Today he really seemed to turn the corner. He rode tough.”
North 120-pounder Cody Speaker fell behind the Grizzly Cubs’ Peyton Reese 5-1 after two periods before coming back strong in the third period. After a takedown got Speaker to within 6-5 with only about 25 seconds remaining, he got a little too tied up with Reese, who managed to score a reverse and ride him out for an 8-5 win.
Skinner said he wanted Speaker to let go Reese, giving him a one-point escape, immediately after the takedown, so he would have a chance to tie the match with another takedown. It was a strategy error that Speaker isn’t likely to commit as the season progresses.
Reese managed to stall out the final seconds with a “legs” ride, a move that almost all Franklin’s wrestlers are adept at executing.
“Against Franklin, we knew that was coming,” Skinner said of the legs ride. “I guess we have to go back to the drawing board on that one.”
North 170-pounder Armando Cordova lost a majority decision to Franklin’s Garrett Fentz, but Skinner praised his effort.
“Armando has been wrestling all of four weeks,” Skinner said. “We threw him out there, and we were thrilled he could score some points.”
One of North’s top wrestlers, 195-pounder Luis Cambron, was out with a cut over his eye suffered in last weekend’s action.
Bull Dogs 106-pounder Evan Speaker was ill, so North had to forfeit that weight class. Luke Teague, North’s 182-pounder, lost a 6-0 decision to Franklin’s Michael Petrole that was much closer than the score would indicate.
“Last year we were very strong at the end of the season, and I think that is the way it is going to be again,” Skinner said.
Hauser pulls away from Saints
HOPE — Hauser and Indianapolis Lutheran were tied at halftime, but the Jets pulled away in the second half for a 62-55 win.
“We challenged them to come out and impact the game right away with our defense and just kind of jump on them in the third quarter,” Hauser coach Scott Seiple said.
“We really wanted to start the second half well.”
Paige Miller led the Jets (2-4) with 14 points. Leslie Sims scored 12, and Abbey Ashbrook added 10.
Columbus Christian advances
GREENWOOD — Columbus Christian downed Fountain Square Academy 47-7 to advance to tonight’s championship game of the Southside Christian Tournament.
Tori Robinson scored 12 points, and Kassie Alden added 10 for the Crusaders (2-2), who led 39-1 after three quarters. Columbus Christian plays at 7 p.m. today against the winner of the Southside Christian-Lighthouse Christian game.
Cougars rout Crothersville
GREENSBURG — South Decatur jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in rolling to a 70-30 win against Crothersville.
Julia Miller led the Cougars (2-5) with 27 points.
Ashley Johannigman scored 13, and Samantha Miller added 12.
Trinity Lutheran nips Medora
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran jumped out to an early 16-point lead and held on for a 42-41 victory against Medora.
Allison Posey led the Cougars (2-3) with 13 points, while Mariah Nolan added 11. Hannah Barker grabbed 12 rebounds.