Lebanon Reporter

December 12, 2013

Mounties slam Tigers in wrestling

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Lebanon Reporter

---- — Not much went right for the Lebanon Tigers wrestling team Wednesday night when they hosted Southmont in a Sagamore Conference dual meet.

The Mounties raced to a 30-5 lead and held on to defeat the Tigers 42-26.

"The difference was pretty simple," Lebanon's Derek Bocock said. "I made a couple of really bad coaching decisions. I should of put Cody Bauer in at heavyweight, I made a mistake there and I should have wrestled Michael Smith at 220. We also had some rebellion in the program, kids not doing what they are supposed to do. Those things add up at the end of the evening. I don't think our kids wrestled well tonight — not close to as well as they can. That showed tonight. But I don't want to take anything away from Southmont, they completely wanted it more than we did."

Without singling anyone out, the coach said there were some things at different spots on the team that he wanted corrected.

"I'm looking at not getting flagrant calls, I'm looking for good sportsmanship and I'm looking at when we ask kids to do things, to go line up at a certain time, that they do that," Bocock said. "It is a tough game in making the correct decisions as a coach already. And I made a couple mistakes tonight, I really did, it cost us some points tonight. I take full responsibility for that."

Lebanon came into the match after a fairly successful tournament at Westfield, where they went 3-2 in duals, losing only to two larger schools by small margins.

Bocock said that his kids just didn't match the intensity they had Saturday.

For more of this story, read Thursday's Lebanon Reporter.