PLYMOUTH — They’ve had decent turnouts before, Plymouth’s wrestling team has. But this season, there’s a new twist.
“Our young kids are really coming through for us,” says Plymouth coach Bob Read. “We had a real good incoming freshman class and we had some kids who committed to the off-season, so it has made a difference.”
More than just a difference. If early results are any indication — like a second-place finish at Saturday’s Plymouth Classic Super Dual — the Rockies could be one of the better teams in northern Indiana.
They aren’t going to knock off a powerhouse like No. 12-ranked Mishawaka, which won Saturday’s eight-team tournament at Plymouth’s gym with a 5-0 record.
But with over 50 guys on the roster and a new commitment to winning, Plymouth will be a handful for just about everybody else.
Fresh from a huge victory over arch-rival Goshen last Thursday, the Rockies picked up four more wins, improving their season record to 9-2.
They beat Peru, Munster, South Bend Riley and outlasted Northern Lakes Conference foe Northridge, 39-34.
Though they lost to Region power Lowell, 36-30, in a match which easily could have gone the other way, all in all it was a pretty successful day.
“The thing I really like is the way our kids are competing,” said Read. “They scramble. They aren’t going to give up.”
Three Rockies rolled through the tourney with 5-0 records – John Mills in the 106-pound weight class, Cody Allmon at 113, and DeAndre Pickford, who alternated between 220 and 285.
And all of Mills’ victories came by fall.
It may not be remembered as a signature victory, but Plymouth showed its character against Riley. Trailing 23-12 midway through the match, the Rockies battled back, winning six straight individual bouts to pull out a 38-23 decision. Allmon pinned Riley’s Jared Baney in 47 seconds to close it out.
“We have some pretty vocal leaders,” said Read. “(Michael) Garrity at 152, Aaron Houin (182) get things going. DeAndre Pickford, he’s a senior, he leads.
“I don’t think we’ve even come close to hitting our stride yet,” added Read. “We’ve got some kids who wrestle with an exciting style. You think you’ve got ‘em, and then they are scrambling and get out. That sort of lights the fuse and things get rolling.”
Read says he is still tinkering with the Rockies’ lineup. But once everybody’s is place, it could be a fun winter season.
“We’re improving every week,” he said.
• PLYMOUTH CLASSIC
TEAM RESULTS: Mishawaka 5-0, Lowell 4-1, Plymouth 4-1, Harrison (Lafayette) 3-2, Peru 2-3, Northridge 1-4, South Bend Riley 1-4, Munster 0-5.
Plymouth 39, Northridge 34; Mishawaka 48, Peru 18; Lowell 69, Munster 9; Harrison (Lafayette) 42, SB Riley 30
Mishawaka 46, Lowell 21; SB Riley 42, Northridge 31; Plymouth 63, Munster 13; Peru 61, Harrison (Lafayette) 12
Lowell 36, Plymouth 30; Peru 39, SB Riley 31; Mishawaka 55, Northridge 15; Harrison (Lafayette) 72, Munster 6
Northridge 69, Munster 6; Mishawaka 47, Harrison (Lafayette) 24; Lowell 49, SB Riley 25; Plymouth 51, Peru 21
Mishawaka 77, Munster 12; Plymouth 38, SB Riley 23; Harrison (Lafayette) 46, Northridge 36; Lowell 31, Peru 30
(Each 5-0 during the tournament)
106: John Mills (Plymouth); Jake Sinkovics (Mishawaka)
113: Cody Allmon (Plymouth); Jake Chadick (Mishawaka)
120: Drew Hughes (Lowell)
132: Scott Warner (Riley)
138: Tommy Forte (Mishawaka)
145: Tristan Macri (Mishawaka)
152: Alex Mavros (Lowell)
160: Kenny Hughes (Lowell)
170: Tanner Bradley (Mishawaka); James Malone (Riley)
182: Clint Proctor (Mishawaka)
195: Dominique Avila (Riley)
220: DeAndre Pickford (Plymouth)
285: Michael Kern (Harrison)
103: John Mills (P) pinned Brody Erb, 0:52. 113: Allmon Cody (P) pinned Kyle Miller, 4:47. 120: Todd Santiago (N) dec. Solis Osman, 8-6 126: Devin Puckett (N) dec. Triston Rodriguez, 10-5. 132: Kam Markovich (P) pinned Tan Yoder, 5:49. 138: Ryan Baxter (N) maj. dec. Austin Mahoney, 9-1. 145: Nick Maher (N) pinned Nolan Wright, 2:47. 152: Tim Deters (N) pinned Michael Garrity, 3:08. 160: John Stillson (P) dec. Levi Benton, 5-1. 170: Jacob Pearson (P) pinned Dylan Swank, 0:45. 182: Aaron Houin (P) pinned Brenten Hobson, 1:08. 195: Chris Connell (N) pinned Vasquez Vicinte, 3:48. 220: Lucas Wickey (N) pinned Lee Scott, 4:08. 285: DeAndre Pickford (P) pinned Dylan Loney, 2:55.
SOUTH BEND RILEY 23
103: John Mills (P) pinned Jaloni Strong, 3:56. 113: Allmon Cody (P) pinned Jared Baney, 0:47. 120: Solis Osman (P) won by forfeit. 126: Triston Rodriquez (P) tech. fall Cris McCormick, 21-6. 132: Scott Warner (R) dec. Steven Abair, 8-3. 138: Austin Mahoney (P) dec. Evan Leyba, 2-0. 145: RZ Teague (R) pinned Bodie Niedig, 4:19. 152: Michael Garrity (P) dec. Exer Alonso, 8-3. 160: Chase Hack (R) tech. fall John Stillson, 15-0. 170: James Malone (R) pinned Jacob Pearson, 1:10. 182: Aaron Houin (P) dec. Gambino Perez, 1-0. 195: Dominique Avila (R) dec. Vicinte Vasquez, 14-7. 220: DeAndre Pickford (P) dec. Jacob Hays, 9-7. 285: Drew Dodson (P) dec. Brian Shaw, 7-2.