Pike Central 42 North Knox 34
Pike Central 30 Madison 51
Pike Central 63 Wood Memorial 12
Pike Central 66 Bosse 9
I couldn’t be prouder of how we showed up to wrestle this weekend. We had four undefeated wrestlers. Lane Miller 126, Jaydon Gordon 132, Blake Henson 138 and Ian Allen 182.
Gordon wrestled a total of 39 seconds saturday, with 2 forfeits, a 29 second pin and a 9 second pin.
We started out against North Knox, They have some really good kids. I was concerned going into this match. We are a very young team, I told these guys going into saturday to trust their conditioning, trust their hard work, they paid their dues and it was time to take what was ours. That’s exactly what we did, we opened up right out of the gate with six straight pins. I was blown away, the three years prior to this we always started off slow and a little off our game against NK, but today we were primed and ready to go. I was very impressed with Jon Cannons first match. He wrestled a good kid that had Jon in serious trouble the first round. But Jon kept his composure and fought hard. He stayed int he match, and finally wore the kid down in the third and got a big pin.Its good to see a freshman get tested like that, and battle for a hard win. Wyatt Frasure had real tough kid from NK who was a semi state qualifier, and I talked with their coaches, he wrestled for team Indiana at the Freestyle Nationals in Fargo ND. I did this 21 years ago, so i know what kind of wrestler it takes to do this. Wyatt came up short against him, but Wyatt did not give up a pin, he stayed in the match and battled. That type of grit and determination can mean the difference between a win and loss for the team, i tell these guys everyday to try their best to not give up pins, stay in a match and see what happens, win or lose, anything is possible, guys make mistakes, guys get sloppy, they can be caught, I cant wait to watch that tape with the team to show them first hand what I’m talking about. Tyler Kirby had a good, day, he was close to being undefeated, he was beating the NK kid pretty handily but got in a bad position and got caught, Hes got some work to do as far as positioning, but once he gets things worked out I feel hes gonna have a break through year. Ian Allen looked really sharp and focused at 182, as well as Lane Miller at 126, they both were really aggressive. Cody Davis had a tough first round at 220, NK bumped their 195 up to wrestle Cody, and this kid was one match from going to the state finals last year, and Cody went right after him, which is great to see from a first year wrestler. He came up short, but showed some real toughness our there, Once we get some technique and experience under his belt, hes gonna be a handful for anybody he faces. Isaiah Greer Looked really tough as well at 120. He came up short against some good kids, but he was in the match the whole time and really pressured and pushed those guys. we get him a little more experience and hes gonna be a real standout for us.
This win will always stick with me because its my first match as a head coach, and my first win. The first thing I did after we won was huddle the guys up and thank them for what they had done, they made that first win special, and ill never forget it.
My biggest take away from this weekend was how well our conditioning looked for our first week. We opened the wrestling room and weight room three days a week all summer long. and We did an 8 week preseason to get ready. This is the most structured pre season we’ve ever had and it really showed. We looked strong, we were aggressive, when our opponents were dead tired, our guys were barely breathing hard and were wearing guys out mentally and physically. That will only get better as the season progresses.
That’s the kind of program I’m trying to build, that’s the kind of culture im trying to create in our room. Ive got nineteen kids in that room right now that are buying in to this mindset and this work ethic. If we can keep building on that year to year, we will take this program to the next level. That’s my goal.