Falcons finish Judson, 64-15
WALKERTON — With little more than three weeks remaining until state tournament time, John Glenn head coach Tim White believes his wrestlers are “starting to put things together.”
On Thursday, they put together a total of nine pinfall victories to hand visiting North Judson-San Pierre a dominant 64-15 loss at home at The Aerie.
“Overall, as far as the team we’re 16-6. We lost a couple that maybe we shouldn’t have lost, but we probably won a couple we shouldn’t have won, too,” said White. “It’s a good season so far. We’re starting to put things together. That’s when we want to start peaking is this part of the season.”
The meet opened with the 152-pound class, and after five bouts Judson trailed by just three points at 18-15, but Glenn recorded six straight pins and a forfeit from 220 to 132 to quickly put the team match out of reach. All total, the Falcons finished with nine pins, a decision at 138 and a forfeit at 106 to claim victories in 11 out of 14 weight classes in the dual meet victory.
“Our lighter weights are younger. We’re just trying to build a better program,” said Judson head coach Danny McGowen. “We haven’t had much numbers in years past. A lot of my middle weight classes and lighter weight classes are eighth graders coming up and now they’re freshmen so they’re really green on mat time. With the more mat time they get, the more they’ll improve. Time will tell with that group.”
Austin Coach, Myles White, Ryan Ishmael, James Frey, Derek Hiler, Troy Brassel, Cole Jacobson, Jacob Ayers and Dylan Lehiy all recorded pins for Glenn, while Judson notched a pair of pinfall wins at 182 and 195 by Steven Wajda and Bayland Brown, respectively, to put up 12 of the visitors’ 15 team points.
“Steven and Bayland are wrestling partners,” said McGowen. “They work real hard. They’re physical kids; there’s constant movement, we reiterate to them. Bayland works with his strength. He really out-muscles and moves people around the mat. We stress pushing people around, making them move, getting them out of their element. He got into better positioning and scored the fall.”
The Bluejays led briefly after the opening match at 152, their only lead of the night, as Glenn freshman Adam Dodson was penalized a point for his third false start with less than half a minute to go, breaking a 4-4 tie and giving Brenner Cruce the 5-4 win in the closest match of the night.
“One kid I’m real happy with is Adam Dodson at 152. He makes a freshman mistake. That’s probably their toughest wrestler; he’s a solid kid,” said White. “Adam’s just a freshman, he’s putting things together, he gets three cautions, and his third one he gives away a point and that’s the deciding factor in the match. That’s youth, that’s something we can work with. He’s got nothing but good things to look forward to.”
Judson will try to bounce back as it travels to the Pioneer Invitational this weekend, while Glenn heads to the Knox tourney Saturday.
“I’m very pleased with how the season’s progressed. I have a better group of kids than I have in years past — better mentality, better work ethic — and I’m really looking forward to where we finish this season and the seasons to come,” said McGowen.
“I’m pleased. We’re bringing things together, and how can we complain when we’re 16-6? Having only two seniors, basically, on the team, it’s something to look forward to next year, and hopefully we keep building,” White said.
• JOHN GLENN 64, NORTH JUDSON 15
106: Andrew Frey (JG) by FF; 113: Austin Coach (JG) pin Austin Aucoin :31; 120: Myles White (JG) pin Mason Balsley 1:52; 126: Ryan Ishmael (JG) pin Triston Thomas 1:06; 132: James Frey (JG) pin Dan Hoffer :47; 138: Dakota Rudyinski (JG) decision Noah Hoffer 14-3; 145: Derek Hiler (JG) pin Andrew Hughes :36; 152: Brenner Cruce (NJ) decision Adam Dodson 5-4; 160: Troy Brassel (JG) pin Keaton Leszek 2:30; 170: Cole Jacobson (JG) pin Kenneth Reed 2:25; 182: Steven Wajda (NJ) pin Jordan Hardesty 1:12; 195: Bayland Brown (NJ) pin Mason Strycker 3:07; 220: Jacob Ayers (JG) pin Trey Berger :52; Heavy: Dylan Lehiy (JG) pin Nolan Dietrich :40.
Record: Glenn 16-6
JV score: Glenn 12, Judson 0