Cubs go 8-2, place 3rd at own Classic
Monday, December 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Madison's wrestling team continued its tremendous year by going 4-1 on the final day of the Cub Classic Saturday at home to place third in the tournament.
Madison’s Chris Tingle locks up Jeffersonville’s Joseph Deleon (above) during their bout at 132 pounds and the Cubs’ Mitchell Sandlin controls Jeff’s Chase Thompson (below) at 220 pounds. Both Cub wrestlers were winners with Sandlin joining Madison’s Chayce Young (126) and Jordan Partee (160) with perfect 10-0 weekends. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
A day after winning four of their five matche on Friday, the Cubs won their first four on Saturday with a 52-12 win over Lawrenceburg, a 65-12 whipping of Paoli, a 38-25 victory over Evansville Reitz and a 33-27 win over Jeffersonville before falling to Oldham County (Ky.) 51-28.
"We came out today like gangbusters and wrestled well and then probably had the match of our young season against Reitz," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "Then in the last two rounds we came out flat and did not look like the same team from earlier in the day."
The 8-2 mark for the Cubs moves Madison to 14-5 on the season despite still not fielding a full squad.
On top of the third place finish, the Cubs had three individual weight class champions: Chayce Young at 126 pounds, Jordan Partee at 160 and Mitchell Sandlin at 195. Each finished 10-0 for the weekend.
"Our third place finish was a total team effort but these three really took it to another level," Skinner said. "For Chayce and Jordan it marks the second year they have earned this honor."
Other standout performances for the Cubs were: Tanner Young, 8-1, 170; Alex Moore, 8-2, 182; Marcus Schoonover, 7-2, 220; Chris Tingle, 7-3, 132; Hunter Stivers, 7-3, 138; and Tanner Geer, 6-4, 285.
"Everyone stepped up and contributed this past two days," Skinner said. "We just need to work on how we finish days off."
Madison will look to continue with its early season success Friday and Saturday at Jeffersonville where the Cubs will be making up the Hoosier Hills Conference duals postponed earlier in the season because of snow.
"When I planned out our schedule I try to give the guys some extra time before and after the Cub Classic because of the way this event can beat you up," Skinner said. "But we will be right back into it with another two-day event this weekend because of the snow make-up so it will be a tough test."
Rebs 3-6 at Warrior Classic
Southwestern wrestling competed in the Warrior Classic on Friday and Saturday at Scottsburg, going 3-6 over the two-day event.
On Friday, Southwestern opened the classic with a 36-35 win over Washington and then defeated Mitchell 42-24 before falling to Bishop Chatard 57-24, Scottsburg 39-24 and Southport 72-12.
Southwestern went 1-3 on Saturday. The Rebels lost to Southridge 72-9, Fort Wayne Concordia 60-9 and Greencastle 39-15 before picking up a victory over Providence, 39-36.
"Our most impressive match of the weekend was against Providence," Southwestern head coach Brandon Brawner said. "We won seven of the eight contested matches. Our guys wrestled great and did everything perfect and it showed in the results."
Cody Holman posted the Rebels' best individual record of the weekend, going 7-2 in the 113 pound class. Heavyweight Zach Liter and 138-pounder Harlan Mikesell were the only other wrestlers withwinning records, going 3-1 and 5-4, respectively.
"Harlan had some good quality wins against some good kids," Brawner added.
Logan Williams at 120, Alex Marion at 145 and Matt Hedges at 195 each went 4-5. Zach McIntosh was 2-3 in heavyweight matches while Zach Abbott was 3-6 in the 170 class and Noah Schuster was 2-7 in the 182 class.
"Logan Williams had the toughest weight class by far," Brawner said. "He ran into some good competition this weekend and I hope he takes this weekend and uses it as motivation to get better.
"The weekend's best performance came from an unusual source. Zach McIntosh won his first contested match of the season and I was very pleased with the way Zach wrestled not just during that match but the entire weekend," Brawner added. "The kid has a ton of heart and a ton of fight. I would love to have a room full of Zachs."
Southwestern competes in the Fugate Memorial Tournament at Scottsburg on Friday.