Varsity Wrestling · Athenians top Stars in wrestling dual

Dover — The numbers aren’t yet there for the Western Boone wrestling team.

But they are doing the best with what they have. The Stars lost to Sagamore Conference foe Crawfordsville 59-18 in a dual Thursday evening, but won three of the seven matches that were contested.

“We have a young team, but they all came out here and wrestled hard,” Western Boone head coach Wesley Mikesell said. “We were able to come away with a few pins, and our senior Jacob Fennell wrestled a really strong match at the end. Overall it was a good night.”

Western Boone out-scored the Athenians 18-17 in the seven matches contested.

Crawfordsville is a team the Stars will see throughout the year, including the conference and sectional tournaments, so Thursday was a good gauge of some of that competition.

“It really lets us know what we have to go up against at the end of the year,” Miksell said. “It shows us things we have to improve on by the time sectionals comes around.”

Western Boone won the opening match of the night when Brant Pitcher was able to get a pinfall in the first period at 170.

After a string of forfeits, Western Boone also won the second match contested, when Cooper Williams was able to get a first-period win against Alex Brown at 120.

“He was a big part of team last year,” Mikesell said of Williams. “At 106 pounds, he broke the record for most wins in the season. He is a solid wrestler.”

At 126 pounds, Jacob Parsons lost a 12-2 decision to Crawfordsville’s Logan Sandlin, and at 132 pounds, Ryan Nance lost by pin to Doug Ramsey.

After a forfeit, Western Boone got its third win, when Dylan Small was able to pin Kevin Barrera at 145 pounds.

For Small and Pitcher, they are just starting to scratch the surface of what they can do.

“This was good for their confidence,” Mikesell said. “They are both tough wrestlers and young. They are both showing good things so far.”

At 152 pounds, Jacob Blad lost a 10-2 decision to Anthony Cook, and at 160 Fennell lost to Steven Latre 9-4.

It was the second time the Stars had hit the mats this season, having been in the Parke Heritage Tournament earlier in the year.

Mikesell said through the first couple of competitions, he has seen good things.

“We are aggressive and we are working hard,” Mikesell said when asked what he has liked so far. “We aren’t getting tired late in matches. We are wrestling hard for all three periods.”

The Stars host the WeBo Duals Saturday.

Mikesell said it is another good opportunity to get better.

“We are going to see a lot of tough teams Saturday,” Mikesell said. “It is going to show us what we really need to work on and where we need to improve. It will be a good tournament for us.”