At 8:30 a.m. the Stars will host Southmont, Greenfield Central, Danville, Tri-West, Frankfort and Crawfordsville in our annual Webo Duals.
. Dover — It was a tough season opener for the Western Boone wrestling team on Thursday evening when they hosted Crawfordsville in a Sagamore Conference dual.
The Athenians topped the Stars 68-6 in the match.
“We had comes come out and wrestle hard,” first-year head coach Matt Joyce said. “The score really doesn’t show the effort and potential we have. We had a couple matches where we had kids get caught, we had a couple of guys who were up and got caught on their back, and things like that. Once we get the hang of some the basics, there is going to be brighter spots for sure.”
The Stars don’t have any seniors on the roster and have eight freshmen or sophomores in the line-up.
With a lot of varsity inexperience, Joyce said gaining experience in match situations is the most important thing right now.
“It is all about mat time right now,” Joyce said. “We want to get the kids out there and in front of people. This is the first time they have really seen live speed. We had a intra-dual meet early on, but seeing someone else coming out there from a different team is just different. I think they are going to respond well to that.”
The match started at 145, where Crawfordsville’s Anthony Cook pinned Western Boone’s Hunter Martin in the second period.
The Stars nearly got the win at 152 when Mason West took on the Athenians’ Steven Latre. Latre led 3-0 after two periods, but West got an escape and Latre was hit with a stalling call to make it 3-2.
West nearly got a takedown in the final seconds, but was unable to complete it as the buzzer sounded.
“The brightest spot for me is how hard our kids worked,” Joyce said. “We didn’t have any stalling calls against us. We kept moving and went at them. That was good to see.”
Gage Gerdes defeated Western Boone’s Dakota Halford 6-1 at 160 pounds, then Western Boone got its lone points of the match at 170, when Jacob Fennell won via forfeit to make it 12-6.
The Stars forfeited 182 to make it 18-6. Crawfordsville’s Dakota Spielberger got a 10-3 win over Stephen Blad at 195 and the Athenians’ Branson Spear pinned Josh Fennell at 220 in the second period.
Western Boone forfeited 285 and Crawfordsville finished the match off with pins at 106 (Clayton Owens over Jacob Parsons), 120 (Doug Ramsey over Tyler Roys), 126 (Jonah Shillings over Seth Westmoreland) and 138 (Broderick Snyder over Dillon Brown). The Stars forfeited at 113 and at 132, Evan Smith fell to Mitchell Rogers by technical fall.
Even through the lower weights didn’t produce any results for WeBo, Joyce said some of the team’s most inexperienced wrestlers competed there and he saw a lot of things that the team could build on.
“Our first-year guys really impressed me,” Joyce said. “Some of these guys came out just a couple of weeks ago. They wrestled hard the entire time. They were down put didn’t care and kept going. For me that was encouraging. Evan Smith, Sam Westmoreland, Jacob Parsons, really all of them wrestled hard today. There were definitely bright spots with all of them that the score didn’t show.”
The Stars will host the WeBo Duals on Saturday.
Joyce said one of the things that he will be working on with the team is their work on the feet.
“We can’t hang in ties like we did tonight,” Joyce said. “We have to get a little better on our feet. We have to clean some of that up moving forward.”
The WeBo Duals start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.