SOUTH BEND — With potential conference titles on the line next weekend for wrestling teams from both John Glenn and Plymouth, you would expect to see the Falcons and Rockies at their best, all the time, during a big tournament like Saturday’s Northern Indiana Conference super dual.
Yeah. You would expect.
“We did wrestle hard most of the day. The problem is, we need to wrestle hard all of the day,” grumbled Plymouth coach Bob Read following his team’s 3-2 finish in the 12-team mat carnival at South Bend Washington.
Ditto, Glenn coach Tim White.
“We showed what we’re capable of at the end,” said White, whose squad also went 3-2. “But, we came out flat at the start. Really flat.”
Inconsistency was a problem, as both squads showed flashes of brilliance and moments of lethargy.
Glenn, for instance, opened its day getting thrashed by Plymouth, 43-18. The Falcons had beaten the Rockies earlier this season, but were no match this time, giving up three falls and two forfeits.
Before the tourney’s end, however, the Falcons bounced back to knock off a strong South Bend Clay squad, 45-32. The Colonials have been state-ranked much of the season. Big win, there.
Plymouth went the opposite direction. After gaining revenge on Glenn, the Rockies pounded South Bend Adams, 53-21, then turned around and got pounded by No. 4-ranked Penn, 57-9.
In the final round, Plymouth gave up five falls in a 42-36 loss to the same Clay squad that Glenn beat.
It’s enough to drive a coach nuts.
“We just can’t give up falls like that,” said Read. “That’s the toughness factor we’ve been dealing with all season.”
Glenn was solid in wins over South Bend St. Joseph and Adams, but then couldn’t figure out how to attack the Kingsmen, either, and dropped a 56-12 decision.
Next weekend, of course, Plymouth heads to the Northern Lakes Conference tournament, while Glenn takes on the Northern State. Each has a realistic shot to win.
So it’s understandable that coaches would be a little nit-picky in their final big tournament tune-up.
“We didn’t get off to a good start, but the fact we came together as a team and beat Clay … that’s a good sign,” said White.
Glenn stands 24-4 in dual meets, a great season no matter how you look at it. Adam Dodson remains undefeated in the 160-pound weight class, winning five matches Saturday and improving to 28-0. Andrew Frey went 4-1 to tie for the 120 pound championship.
“Our 113-pounder (Austin Coach) also had a big day,” said White. Coach beat Clay’s Jake Hartman, the Al Smith Invitational champ.
Plymouth is 20-5 in dual meets. Nolan Wright went 4-1 at 145, but no Rockies won individual titles in the super dual.
“In this sport, the mental aspect is huge,” said Read. “We’ve improved a lot, but there’s still a long way to go. Our kids will bounce back. I know they will.”
• NORTHERN INDIANA CONFERENCE
SUPER DUAL TOURNAMENT
At South Bend
Team results: Penn 5-0, John Glenn 3-2, South Bend Clay 3-2, Plymouth 3-2, South Bend Adams 1-4, South Bend St. Joseph 0-5
Penn 70, St. Joseph 6
Plymouth 43, Glenn 18
Clay 52, Adams 24
Glenn 48, St. Joseph 27
Penn 45, Clay 18
Plymouth 53, Adams 21
Penn 57, Plymouth 9
Glenn 45, Adams 31
Clay 44, St. Joseph 30
Penn 60, Adams 9
Plymouth 48, St. Joseph 27
Glenn 45, Clay 32
Clay 42, Plymouth 36
Adams 47, St. Joseph 36
Penn 56, Glenn 12
WEIGHT CLASS CHAMPIONS
106: Drew Hildebrandt (Penn) 5-0
113: Zach Davis (Penn) 5-0
120: Cameron Beam (Penn) 4-1 & Andrew Frey (Glenn) 4-1
126: Jacob Parks (Penn) 3-0
132: Mitch Hartman (Clay) 5-0
138: Alex Rinehart (Penn) 4-0
145: Joey Mammolenti (Penn) 5-0
152: Sam Ferdig (Adams) 5-0
160: Adam Dodson (Glenn) 5-0
170: Jeff Wiseman (Penn) 5-0
182: Ryan Jankowski (St. Joseph) 5-0
195: Tyler Schmitt (Clay) 5-0
220: Jaylin Allen (Clay) 5-0
285: Shakir Carr (Clay) 5-0
PLYMOUTH 43, JOHN GLENN 18
106: Cody Allmon (P) pinned Devon Becker, 1:52. 113: Austin Coach (JG) dec. Osman Solis, 8-4. 120: Triston Rodriguez (P) dec. Andrew Frey, 8-5. 126: Alex Salyer (JG) dec. Kam Markovich, 9-7. 132: Stephen Abair (P) maj. dec. James Frey, 9-1. 138: Ryan Ishmael (JG) dec. Braxton Moore, 5-0. 145: Nolan Wright (P) pinned Koda Hensley, 1:12. 152: John Stillson (P) pinned Nathan Ferch, 1:32. 160: Adam Dodson (JG) pinned Logan Wiegand, 3:28. 170: Troy Brossell (JG) dec. Jacob Pearson, 9-5. 182: Aaron Houin (P) dec. Mason Strycker, 3-1. 195: Corey Wallace (P) won by forfeit. 220: DeAndre Pickford (P) won by forfeit. 285: Drew Dodson (P) dec. Jacob Ayers, 7-5.
CLAY 42, PLYMOUTH 36
106: Cody Allmon (P) pinned Cody Shelton, 0:30. 113: Jake Hartman (C) pinned Osman Solis, 4:37. 120: Triston Rodriguez (P) pinned D. Hall, 1:29. 126: Kam Markovich (P) pinned Colton Rished, 3:16. 132: Mitch Hartman (C) tech. fall Stephen Abair, 17-2. 138: Kevin Haney (C ) dec. Braxton Moore, 8-2. 145: Nolan Wright (P) pinned Tristan Brown, 3:29. 152: John Stillson (P) pinned Andrew Taborn, 5:52. 160: Sydney Mainer (C ) pinned Camdon Hisey, 5:27. 170: Mason Cao (C) pinned Jacob Pearson, 3:44. 182: Aaron Houin (P) won by forfeit. 195: Tyler Schmitt (C) maj. dec. Corey Wallace, 9-0. 220: Jaylin Allen (C) pinned DeAndre Pickford, 4:48. 285: Shakir Carr (C) pinned Drew Dodson, 2:29.