The Pleasant Ridge High School wrestling team won all nine of its matches Thursday against the Hiawatha/Horton team and went 4-1 against host Immaculata, including an exhibition-match victory.
Immaculata got two individual wins, a 7-2 decision against Horton for 138-pound Connor Sloan and an 8-5 decision for Max Campbell in the 170-pound match against Pleasant Ridge wrestler Dustin Graham.
Campbell is usually in the 160-pound weight class, but was bumped up a class so Immaculata can have more matchups.
Anthony Brigg and Sloan also jumped up a weight class against Pleasant Ridge.
“None of them were too upset about it,” Immaculata head coach Bobby Hancock said. “It’s just go out there and work your moves and try to get something done. It doesn’t feel like 10 pounds is a lot, but 10 pounds is a lot. It’s a lot to overcome.”
The Rams got three pins against the Raiders from Nick Hyde, Robert McManigle and Nic Bridges.
Bridges also won an exhibition match by pin against Immaculata’s Cole Humble.
Six of the Rams’ nine wins against Hiawatha/Horton were by pin.
The other three were major decisions for 113-pound Jacob Gum and 132-pound Cal James, and a win by technical fall for 126-pound Blake Graham.
“It was a good night,” Pleasant Ridge head coach Daren Weber said. “It was our first meet back, so we were kind of trying to knock some of the rust off from over the break.”
Reid Herken at 106 pounds, Brandon Broddle at 120 pounds, Colton Doty at 195 pounds, Bailey Culbertson at 195 pounds, Logan McKinney at 220 pounds and McManigle all got pins for Pleasant Ridge against Hiawatha/Horton.
“We were pretty aggressive,” Weber said. “You can see our focus is on our feet and wrestling for the takedowns.”
Blake was one of the more aggressive wrestlers during his win by technical fall against Hiawatha, which puts him at 10-0 this season.
“He’s an exciting kid,” Weber said. “He’s coming off an injury and got healthy over the holiday break, so he’s going to be fun to watch down the stretch.”
Immaculata and Pleasant Ridge will compete Saturday in the Rossville Tournament, and Weber said his team could still improve getting to their feet before then.
“We didn’t do a very good job down on the mat,” he said. “Getting from the mat to our feet. It seemed like we were content wrestling down on the mat and our philosophy is to get to our feet. We will go back to work on that.”
Page 2 of 2 - Hancock said he liked the way his team was able to get to their feet, but there are still areas to work on once they get to that position.
“I think from the bottom position we were doing a good job,” he said. “We were getting to our feet. I’d like to do better from our neutral position. We need to work on getting more takedowns and being aggressive.”