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Spartan wrestlers split double dual match
In the first wrestling match for many Bainbridge wrestlers, the Spartans lost to Kingston 63-16 but defeated Forks 54-42 Tuesday.
“For us, that was our first real live action this year and I think a lot of that was kids figuring what this was really about,” coach Dan Pippinger said.
The Spartans, who forfeited the 103, 112 and 215-pound weight classes, had four freshman compete in the both matches.
Freshman Weber Coryell, wrestling at 152 pounds, scored the Spartans’ first six points against Kingston with a fall.
The Spartans took their only lead, 12-9, after Corey Touchette recorded a pin at 171 pounds.
“Corey performed really well, he had a really good match,” Pippinger said. “I was especially surprised with Weber, he had some really good success.”
Sophomore Alec Greiwe earned four points for the Spartans with a major decision at 119 pounds.
“Kingston had a lot of tough kids and a full lineup of kids that have a lot of experience and so they really took advantage of a lot of our inexperience,” Pippinger said.
Bainbridge regrouped for its second match, defeating Forks 54-42 and recording five falls.
“We matched up a lot better against Forks,” Pippinger said. “In terms of just competing with them, they’re probably a little closer to our experience levels. It’s definitely more fun to be successful as a team and to have more of your kids get the opportunity to have their hand raised.”
Even though the Spartans had to forfeit the 285-pound weight class after Logan Dieterich sprained his ankle against Kingston, Forks also forfeited at 135 pounds. Both teams recorded double forfeits for the 103 and 215 weight classes.
Touchette tallied his second pin of the night, and freshmen Ryan Henesy and Henry Wienkers recorded falls at 130 and 140 pounds, respectively.
Senior Evan Jahrman, wrestling at 160, and junior co-captain Karl Hunt, at 189, pinned their opponents in the first period.
“We had a few bright spots and when we were successful in terms of winning the match,” Pippinger said. “Those kids were doing some really good work and wrestling really well.”
With two matches under their belts, the Spartans took on Lakeside on a positive note Thursday.
“That’s more fun and it’s a good way to end the night being that we want that good taste in our mouth, and we want that to feed us and keep us going,” Pippinger said.
The Spartans will face one of their toughest tests this season when they host perennial powerhouse O’Dea Dec. 17.
“Next Thursday is going to be a good test for us,” Pippinger said. “They’ve always got good numbers and they’ve got some pretty good athletes. That’s going to be a great opportunity for us to see how we match up in our league.”