BEAVERCREEK — Last Thursday Northmont suffered a 37-25 defeat at Beavercreek with a lineup lacking some key personnel.
One wrestler has been lost for the season with a concussion, another was out sick and a third was ineligible. That was a recipe for disaster. The last time the two teams met on January 25 the Thunderbolts scored a hard-fought 38-33 victory over the Beavers, so having three key competitors out of the lineup pretty much guaranteed a Beavercreek victory.
“We were a little out-manned. It was a close match the first time we wrestled them and this time the outcome was in their favor,” said Northmont Coach Scott Newburg. “Hunter Terrill (145 pounds) is out for the season with a real bad concussion and we had another boy out sick and one sidelined due to a grade situation. We won seven of the twelve matches that we wrestled and lost five, but with two forfeits at 106 and 113 and with the other guys out it was just kind of hard to do well.”
Freshman Andrew Knick (33-5 overall) won by a fall in 1:15 against Jacob Pfander in the 120 pound match. At 126 Chad Craft (32-3) scored a 20-10 major decision over Colin Neuner. At 132 Chase Craft (34-1) scored a 6-2 decision over Gavin Bell and Ezra Smith (138) scored a 13-10 decision against Kody Konicki.
Other Northmont victories came at 170 where Josh Winston scored a 9-3 decision over Alex Canida. Gabe Newburg (182) scored a 6-1 decision over Reece Blackmore. At 195 Dylan Moran scored an 8-1 decision over Aaron Weiser.
Beavercreek won contested matches at 145 where Ian Heiland pinned Logan Jacobs in 2:22. At 152 Keaton Keller pinned Mason Sigler in 1:14. In the 160 pound match Jordan Dillon pinned Weston Hoening in 4:23. At 220 Bradley Smith scored a 13-3 major decision over Tim Sexton and in the heavyweight match Josh Walls scored a 9-2 decision over Andrew West.
“The kids wrestled hard like they have all season long, but we just didn’t have the manpower to beat them,” Newburg added. “We got some good performances but Beavercreek has some tough kids. We beat them down low and defeated a couple of state caliber kids and we kept it close. It was a 12 point match. You put one or two of our guys back in and the outcome could have been different, but it just wasn’t in the cards that day.”