MIAMISBURG — Northmont’s wrestling team came out flat Wednesday night during a Super Dual match featuring the Thunderbolts, Beavercreek, Edgewood, and Miamisburg.
Flat was the operative word during the Thunderbolts’ first match against Edgewood. The match ended in a 42-42 tie but the Cougars were awarded the match on a tie breaker (most pins). Edgewood had six pins to Northmont’s four, which gave the Cougars a 43-42 win and handed the Thunderbolts their first loss of the season.
Northmont recorded pin the lower three weight classes. Luke Holloway (106 pounds) won by a fall in 1:05 vs Josh Miller. Chad Craft (113) won by a fall in 1:59 vs Camron Palmer and Chase Craft (120) won by a fall in 2:15 vs Dylan Grey.
Edgewood won the next three weight classes. Justin Boyle (126) won by a fall in 38 seconds vs Bailey Smith. Austin Harbaum (132) won by a fall in 33 seconds vs Ezra Smith. Boyle and Harbaum were each district qualifiers last season. D.J. Whiles won by a fall in 1:59 vs Hunter Terrill.
After a Northmont forfeit at 145 pounds Edgewood recorded two more pins. Andrew Tevis (152) won by a fall in 3:30 vs Weston Hoening. Alex Couch (160), a district qualifier last season, won by fall in 2:51 vs Solomon Miller.
Northmont’s Bryan Heyward (170) and Gabe Newburg (182) won by forfeit.
Dylan Moran (195) won by a fall in 11 seconds vs Jacob Sousa to add six points to the Thunderbolts column and Chuck Saul (220) won by forfeit with no Edgewood competitor available.
The Cougars won the heavyweight match with Ova Venters winning by a fall in 1:40 vs David Henson.
“We just really came out flat,” said Northmont Coach Scott Newburg. “I was really disappointed with that first match. We weren’t fighting, that’s what bothers me the most. We weren’t fighting in all of our matches. It was like we were in kind of a fog, which was really disappointing because it is the first time this year that we have wrestled like that. We can have all the technique in the world but if you don’t come out there and go after people you are not going to get the wins and that’s what happened to us. Sometimes that’s good to have happen in the middle of the season because now we know that we are not as good as we think we are.”
Northmont bounced back with a 51-21 win over Miamisburg in the next match. Holloway, Chad and Chase Craft, Heyward, Newburg, Moran and Saul each won their second matches of the night against the Vikings.
Holloway (106) won by a fall in 2:27 vs Cole McGuire. Chad Craft won by a fall in 53 seconds vs Nathan Shatto. Chase Craft (120) won by forfeit. Heyward (170) won by forfeit. Newburg (182) won a fall in 4:21 vs Seth Campbell. Moran (195) won by forfeit and Saul (220) scored a 7-0 decision vs Dock Lainhart.
In other matches Smith (126) won by a fall in 24 seconds over Cole Golembiewski. Terrill (132) lost by major decision 15-3 to Elijah Perkins, who was a district qualifier last season. Smith (138) lost a 7-2 decision to Sebastian Beachler. Hoening lost by a fall in 3:11 to Ryley Regan, who was a state placer last season.
Solomon Miller (160) won by a fall in 1:17 vs Will Perciful. Miamisburg won the heavyweight match when Mark Gillespie won by a fall in 2:27 vs Henson.
“We came back in the second dual and wrestled a lot better,” Newburg added. “If we had wrestled like that in the first dual it wouldn’t have been close either. Sometimes you need a kick in the seat of your pants and I think we got that tonight. Hopefully now we will continue to go forward and won’t have any backwards steps the rest of the season.”
The Thunderbolts will next take the mat on Thursday, Jan. 21 at Wayne at 6 p.m. then return home on Saturday, Jan. 23 to face Lakota East at 6:30 p.m.