By Will Willems
Sometimes in the sport of wrestling the aggressor isn’t always rewarded.
Such was the case Saturday night in the 160-pound state championship match between Western Boone’s Austin McCloskey and Perry Meridian’s Riley McClurg.
McCloskey was the clear aggressor, but ultimately fell 2-1 in double overtime.
“Not a lot to say,” Western Boone head coach Kyler Kearby said. “He went out there and fought and battled, just finished on an outcome you don’t want to finish on.”
McClurg took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the second period, which was matched by McCloskey in the third period.
After a scoreless minute of sudden death overtime, McClurg got an escape in the first 30-second period of second overtime.
McCloskey started in the down position in the second 30-second stanza and attempted to get a two-point reversal to take the lead. But he could never fully complete the move and ran out of time trying to escape.
“Austin gets out on bottom by being patient, working hand control and finding a way out,” Kearby said. “Tonight just didn’t happen. He is not an explosive guy on bottom in terms of blasting straight up to his feet. That is his gameplan down there — patience. Unfortunate that it didn’t work tonight, but not going to tell him to change that. He knows what he is doing.”
At least twice in the match, McCloskey had apparent takedowns of McClurg — once in the first period and once in overtime — but the referees didn’t award any points (much to the chagrin of the Bankers’ Life Fieldhouse crowd which booed heavily both times).
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.