A scheduling mix-up resulted in half of Madison’s wrestling team getting left behind, but the remaining Cubs still had more than enough to pull out a 70-0 sweep at Batesville on Tuesday to remain unbeaten on the season.
Madison coach Tyson Skinner was one of those left behind and was forced to direct the action from afar. But the Cub mentor was pleased with how the night turned out.
“I’m proud of how the team stayed focused tonight. Half the team was forced to stay behind due to bus issues but the guys that made the trip were focused,” Skinner said.
Batesville surrendered forfeits in seven weight classes and there were double-forfeits in two others, leaving only five contested bouts on the night.
Curtis Jacobs started the night out with a quick pin of Brandon Manning in 21 seconds at 220 pounds and Justice Stone (285 pounds), Kelsey Bilz (113) and Jace Walls (126) followed with forfeit wins.
Noah Burkhardt (132) picked up a 14-3 major decision over Alex Murphy and Brayden Richards (138) pinned Mason Neeley in 2:32 followed by forfeit wins by Emmett Wilhite (145), Tazman Shipley (152), Luke McCarty (160) and Aiden Binzer (170).
Madison then closed out the sweep with two more pins, by Drake Youngblood (182) in 2:56 over Jacob Weigel and by Dalton Berry (195) in 3:28 over Chase Hamilton.
“Curtis stepped in at 220 and got us a quick pin and Noah bumped up a weight and persevered for the closest match of the night,” Skinner said. “Brayden made his debut at 138 and Double D (Dalton and Drake) finished off the night for us.”
Madison, now 9-0 on the season, is off this weekend after the Fugate Invitational at Scottsburg was forced to pare down the number of teams involved. The Cubs return to action on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Columbus North.