|Ketcham gets 100th win; Bearcats oust Wildcats in team mat tourney|
|Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:14 PM|
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, not a lot else went right as Northwest Conference archrival Spencerville eliminated them 45-21.
“I had two guys with skin issues (seniors Quinten Wessell and Colin McConnahea), one with mono (Noah Illig) and one with a broken wrist,” Wilson noted. “We ended up having to juggle the lineup and had to void more weight classes. In some of the matches we did have, we got closer to opponents than we did before: Gaige Rassman beat Derrick Smith in a tough match; Dylan Hicks went overtime against Trevor Bockey when he had lost to him three times earlier this year; and Tanner Vermule got closer when he lost to Cory Binkley 6-1 in a closer match than before. In that, I am pleased with how we wrestled.”
In the upper weight classes, it was all about being healthy — or not — at the right time.
“Quentin is our 220-pounder. Colin could have wrestled at 195 — he was cleared by the doctor today — but we figured that at that time, we could only tie if everything went right and that was not likely, so we decided to give him more time to recover from his skin issue,” Wilson added. “It was a tough choice but our goals are beyond this tournament; we have higher goals. We want to get healthy for the NWC, sectionals and so on. We had beaten Spencerville earlier 42-26, so I feel we’re better than we could show tonight. Right now, it’s about getting healthy.”
Ketcham was a bright spot when he pinned Jake Bellows in 5:08 at 285 pounds.
“I’m glad I could get my 100th tonight; Jake made me earn it. I have wrestled him a couple of other times this year and beaten him, so he knows my moves well,” Ketcham said. “That made me go to other moves I’ve been working on in practice, which should help me down the road. I have more goals for this year: to do well at the NWC, sectionals, district and hopefully state. I got hurt last year at the NWC meet and couldn’t move on, so I want to do well in my senior year. It’s nice to get more matches.”
Spencerville coach Tom Wegesin felt the evening was a mixed bag.
“This is the first year for this tournament, so they’re still working out the kinks and things should be better next year. In some ways, I am pleased; in others, I’m not,” he added. “We lost a match at 126 when Derrick had beaten Rassman earlier, so that was disappointing. Trevor’s match at 132 was closer than before and at 138 was a great match when Cory beat Vermule; he’s a good kid.”
“We were fortunate we could move wrestlers up and take advantage of their voids in the upper weight classes. Our 195 (Lucas Shumate) and 220 (Lucas Krouskop) did well and our heavyweight, Jake Bellows, made Ketcham earn his 100th,” Wegesin added. “The key for me was at 182 when our freshman, Wyatt Krouskop, went overtime to beat Hicks; he gutted it through because he was gassed.
“We have wrestled these guys in invitationals and meets five times already and we can possibly see them 3-5 times more this year.”
|Last Updated on Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:16 PM|