By Will Willems
The Western Boone wrestling team was a little short-handed Thursday night when they face Crawfordsville — but that didn’t phase them.
The Stars won seven matches by pinfall and topped the Athenians 54-24.
“We had a couple guys out so it wasn’t our normal varsity lineup,” Western Boone head coach Kyler Kearby said. “We had some fill-ins step up huge and some guys who had gotten off to slow starts came out and really stepped it up. It was a good team victory.”
The Stars won the opening two matches via pinfall — with Jonathan Morales and Dakota Pike getting wins at 182 and 195 respectively.
After the Athenians got back-to-back pinfall wins at 220 and 285 to tie the match at 12, Western Boone responded with three-straight pins from Zane Britton (106), Steven Parsley (112) and Brett Kyle (120) to build the lead to 30-12.
“This whole week we talked about getting pins, and at the same time we wanted to give up less pins,” Kearby said. “I think all of their wins came from pins, so we have to do better at that in terms of that. But we really did a good job of going out and getting pins ourselves.”
The momentum continued at the 126-pound weight class, when Austin Kyle by technical foul. After a win by Crawfordsville at 132, Ulric Mitchell got Western Boone back on track with a pin at 138.
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.