Wrapping up their road portion of the schedule at LN and with 6 starters sidelined with injury and illness, things didn’t look good when the Wildcat Senior night began. The tide quickly turned however as at 120, where injured Senior Jake Simone was out, the Wildcat opponent missed weight handing Sophomore Ryan Hartig a win and the Royals a 6-0 lead.
The Wildcats regained control with a quick tech fall over fill in Sophomore Cam Thomson and a Fall over another back-up Jake Mundell. Both Thomson and Mundell wrestled tough but we’re simply outmatched putting LN up 11-6. Then the Royals got rolling.
Junior 138 pounder Jake Lemieux, a tough durable kid, kept on his grind winning his 22nd match of the season by fall before Senior Cam Roberts, filling in for Reece Luhmann, won by fall as well. Junior Trevon Ternoir earned another fall at 152 for his 4th win in 6 tries on Varsity this year. After that fall fest, the Royals took a big lead, 24-11.
The best match of the night pitted Senior Ethan Butterfield of LN against Super Soph, Ryan Cast. After a scoreless first, Cast got a nifty reversal in the second and dominated in the top position for 3 full minutes to win 2-0 and completely deflate the Wildcats. Charlie Irish put the nail in coffin by picking up his 5th fall of the season in spot starts for Ronan Hiner (Irish is an admirable 6-2 on the season in addition to 12-0 on JV). Max Broom added to the damage with his team high 19th fall.
With HSE leading 39-11, LN made a small run by winning at 195 and 220 before 285 pounder Andrew Irick recorded his school record breaking 61st fall of his career. (Congrats Big And)!
Sophomore Mat Benson won by forfeit before LN Senior Logan Carrender won at 113 to bring the final score to 51-29.
Couldn’t be more proud of the way this young team responded when many starters were out! The future is definitely bright for the Royal wrestling program!