Rockies topple Tigers, 54-24

PLYMOUTH — Coming off a disappointing finish at their home wrestling tournament Saturday, the Rockies needed a pick-me-up.
A Northern Lakes Conference win over Warsaw was just what the doctor ordered.
Plymouth recorded eight pinfall victories and won 10 of 14 matches — with one of its four losses coming by forfeit at 120 — to hand the Tigers a convincing 54-24 loss at home at The Rock Thursday.
“I think we were more aggressive, and that’s what showed,” said Plymouth Head Wrestling Coach Bob Read. “We’ve been working on that. We’re still not there by any stretch of the imagination, but the kids work hard, they’re getting better. That was good for us tonight.
“The kids wrestled hard. It was a good win.”
Plymouth jumped off to an 18-0 lead as Jacob Pearson and Aaron Houin earned decision victories of 16-12 and 3-1 at 160 and 182, respectively, and Ian Horvath and Jacob Segraves claimed second-round pinfalls at 170 and 195, respectively.
DeAndre Pickford earned the Rockies their third pin of the night at 2:40 in the heavyweight division, and John Mills pinned his opponent in the first round of the 103-pound match to run up Plymouth’s lead to 30-6.
Kam Markovich and Luke Schumaker both recorded second-round pinfall wins at 126 and 132, respectively, Nolan Wright finished off his opponent with a first-round pinfall at 145, and Logan Wiegand capped off the meet with a first-round pinfall win at 152.
Schumaker filled in for an injured Stephen Abair, and his pinfall points put the meet out of reach at 42-18 with three matches to go. Ryan MacLain spotted his opponent more than 20 pounds and suffered a pinfall loss at 113, but Read was still pleased with what he saw from the freshman.
“Luke Shumacher, he had to step in at 130, the Abair kid was out, dinged in the head with a concussion so he’s out,” said Read. “Luke steps in and wrestles a whale of a match. He has the opportunity to wrestle varsity and he made it happen, so I was really proud of the way he wrestled.”
“The MacLain kid at 113, the kid weighs 92 pounds and we bumped him up to 113 because we’ve got to fill a slot,” continued the Plymouth boss. “He just goes out there and battles, and I think that’s probably one of their best kids technique-wise. Ryan battled, and that’s all we can ask.”
Plymouth moves to an even 6-6 on the season and 1-1 in the conference with Thursday’s win. The team travels to NLC foe NorthWood next Thursday for a 6:45 p.m. meet.
“We’re 1-1, we’re a long way off, but you take one at a time, but every win you get puts you a little closer to that top rung,” Read said.
“Memorial is going to be really tough. They’ve got a heck of a team; they’re beating the heck out of anybody. They’ll be the team to beat. NorthWood’s going to have a good club. Wawasee, they were a real strong showing last year so they should be really tough. It doesn’t let up.”
At Plymouth
106: John Mills (P) pin Jordan Greenberg 1:25; 112: Luis Cervantes (W) pin Ryan MacLain 0:48; 119: Luis Munoz (W) by forfeit; 125: Kam Markovich (P) pin Sabas Velencia 2:13; 130: Luke Schumacher (P) pin Shannon Taylor 2:38; 135: Ricardo Ahuatl (W) pin John Stillson 3:36; 140: Nolan Wright (P) pin Julian Bowen 3:43; 145: Logan Wiegand (P) pin Alex Fisher 1:45; 152: Jacob Pearson (P) dec Adam Becker, 16-12; 160: Ian Horvath (P) pin Kyle Duzan 2:41; 171: Aaron Houin (P) dec. Tim Perky 3-1; 189: Jacob Segraves (P) pin Skyler Kanode 3:38; 215: Ben Plummer (W) pin Wallace Corey 1:51; 285: DeAndre Pickford (P) pin Anthony Hendrickson 2:41.
Records: Plymouth 6-6 (1-1 NLC), Warsaw 4-9 (0-2 NLC)
JV score: Warsaw 24, Plymouth 11