On Thursday, March 11, the Western Boone Jr. High wrestling team traveled to Northern Montgomery County to battle the Northridge Chargers for the final dual meet of the season. The meet was an exciting one with a lot of energy from the fans and wrestlers. There were six lead changes in the team score. The outcome came down to the final varsity match of the evening with Western Boone coming out on top, winning the dual meet 51-42.
At 75lbs, Kahne Reid got the Stars off on the right foot with a 44-second pin over his opponent. Northridge evened the score (6-6) in the 80lbs match-up with a pin over Jaden Latham. Zach Sprong (80) received a forfeit to put the Stars back on top (12-6). At 90lbs, Isaiah Garland wrestled well against a talented Northridge opponent, but ended up losing by decision. Jacob Anderson (95) got things back on track, though, with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over his opponent, giving Western Boone a narrow 15-9 lead.
Northridge then went on a three match winning streak defeating Isaac Moore and Braedyn Mathews by pin and Brawn Puckett by decision to take the lead, 15-24.
Chase Smith (120) brought the Stars back to within 3 points (21-24) with a first period pin over his opponent. Trey Fuston (126) was then narrowly defeated (4-5), allowing the Chargers to increase their lead to 21-27.
Western Boone then won two in a row. Kameron Mikesell (132) picked up a major decision (14-1) and Tabor Nance (138) ground out a 6-3 victory, which allowed the Stars to regain the team score lead, 28-27. Northridge took it back though at 145lbs when Eryc Schnoor suffered a heart-breaking 2-3 loss, making the team score 28-30.
Chris Hall (152) and Darnell Jones (160) came to the team’s rescue with both obtaining victories by pin, resulting in the fourth lead change of the night (40-30).
Cole Houghton (175) was defeated by pin and a Western Boone forfeit at 195lbs resulted in a fifth lead change. Northridge regained the lead 40-42.
At 220lbs, Wyatt Dickey needed to avoid being pinned by his opponent in order to ensure a team victory for the Stars. Five days earlier, Dickey’s Northridge opponent, Mikeal Kincaid, pinned him in the finals at WrestleMania. Kincaid got the first takedown, but Dickey reversed Kincaid to his back. Kincaid was able to get out of bounds. On the restart, Kincaid reversed Dickey to his back, nearly getting the pin. Dickey fought hard to avoid the pin and was able to get off his back and ultimately reverse Kincaid a second time. Again, Dickey put Kincaid on his back. This time, Kincaid was not able to escape and Dickey won the match by pin, giving the Stars a 45-42 lead.
Joshua Dickey (275) received a forfeit to seal the 51-42 victory for the Stars.
Bradley Fuston and Andrew Manthey put the icing on the cake by winning the only two exhibition matches by pin.
The junior high wrestling season will come to an end on Saturday, March 13, with the Sagamore Conference Tournament at Southmont.