By Will Willems firstname.lastname@example.org – Jan 14th 2020
DOVER – He didn’t get a chance to wrestle on his home mats one final time on his senior night, but Tuesday’s nights dual with Tri-West was all about honoring Stars’ senior Jacob Parsons.
The lone senior on the team, Parsons stuck with the program during some tough seasons throughout his first few years, and has become a valuable leader for a young Stars’ team this year.
“He has been great for us,” Western Boone head coach Wesley Mikesell said. “He has always been a solid wrestler and has a great attitude. He has been our team captain the past two years and has done an incredible job of leading us. He and his entire family will be missed in our program.”
Parsons was a second-team all-conference honoree last year and a two-time regional qualifier.
Mikesell said he has set a perfect example for all the younger kids in the program.
“These younger kids coming up, the freshmen and sophomores, they really look up to him,” Mikesell said. “He sets the bar of where they need to be in order to be successful for themselves and the program.
On the mats, there were only four matches contested and six double forfeits.
Western Boone won the match 27-15 and wrestled well in the matches that were contested.
“They all wrestled really well today,” Mikesell said. “Especially having conference on Saturday and this being a conference opponent, it set the bar of what we need to do come Saturday.”
Mikesell said the team talked about trying to gain some momentum in the match to take into Saturday.
“We needed to know where we were at heading into the next three days,” Mikesell said. “This was a good gauge to see where we are at right now, and now we can get ready for Saturday.”
Evan Trent won by forfeit at 113 pounds for the Stars. Chase Richwine lost by pin at 120 to tie the score, but after a couple of double forfeits, Ethan Bayles won by forfeit to put the Stars up 12-6.
Jaden Bailey won by decision at 145 to put the Stars up 15-6, and two weight classes later Trevor Weakley needed just 22 seconds to pin his opponent to put the Stars up 21-6 and secure the win.
The Stars’ Dylan Small lost by decision at 170, and Tri-West won via forfeit at 195 pounds. Western Boone’s final points came at 285, where Perrin Emberton won by forfeit.
The Stars will head to North Montgomery on Saturday to compete in the Sagamore Conference Tournament.
“We just want to go out there and wrestle tough and aggressive,” Mikesell said. “We have to make sure we are ready to go every time we step on the mat. The guys we do have are seeded pretty high, so I have high expectations for what those guys can do.”
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter