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It was Senior Night for six Columbus East Olympians on the wrestling squad.
It was the underclassmen, though, that put on a strong showing that helped propel the team to a 48-18 victory against Bloomington North.
East freshman Stuart Bryan that led things off at 126 pounds with a pin near the end of the third round. Sophomore Coy Bryan was able to score an easy victory at 182 by pin in the first nine seconds of the first round.
Olympians coach Chris Cooper was pleased to see his players step up to the challenge.
“Stuart did a great job tonight,” Cooper said. “He showed major improvement this year and is the most coachable kid.”
“Coy has gotten more confidence as the season progressed,” he said. “He wrestled aggressive, and it definitely showed out there tonight.”
Bryan at 126, senior Dalton Noblitt at 132 and sophomore Ben Wilkerson at 145 won three of the first four duals by pin. Senior Logan Doyle won his match at 138 with a 4-1 decision against David Ray of North.
“My match wasn’t easy going up against a quality opponent,” Doyle said. “I went out there with an extra bit of confidence being Senior Night. I wanted to take over my match and make a statement that we are a top-notch team.”
“It was a nice win tonight for Logan,” Cooper said. “He may have to face him again in regional if he wants to have a shot at advancing to semistate.”
One of the more interesting matches of the night came in the 220-pound class, where Olympian senior Tristan Crider was on his way to a 4-2 decision until David Kleindorfer from Bloomington North was able to score two points in the last 10 seconds of the match to tie the score 4-4. In overtime, though, Crider was taken down and lost 6-4.
“He just wasn’t stubborn enough toward the end,” Cooper said. “He had a little bit of a meltdown mentally and lost some focus.”
East lost three duals by decision with Austin Wilson at 152 and Maurice Dantzler at 160 and Will Connor at 113. Senior Jimmy Fisher had a strong showing in his 170-pound match as he won by technical fall 17-1.
Quade Greiwe won an 11-1 decision at 195. Rico Lewis scored a second-round pin at 285. Landon Miles lost by fall at 120.
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