Domination

The Seymour varsity wrestlers came up with four pins, two decisions and six forfeits to whip Southwestern (Hanover) 66-9 Tuesday night in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

Southwest only had nine wrestlers, and one of them wrestled junior varsity.

Despite the easy victory, Owls coach Todd Weaver said felt his team could have wrestled better, especially at the start of the matches.

Of the eight matches contested, the Owls were only able to get the first takedown in two matches.

“The frustrating part right now is we’re not seeing stuff that we know how to do,” Weaver said. “It’s not that we’re making stuff up, but we’re not doing things right. We’ve got to make that transition to the mat.

“If we were aggressive, we would have been dominating the ties and beating the guys up. We only got two first takedowns and we want to get every single first takedown. We moved guys up tonight. Most of our guys were not in their weight classes. It’s senior night and we wanted to get as many seniors on the varsity a match as we could.”

One of the wrestlers Weaver said he was most pleased with was 145-pounder Garrett Johnson.

Johnson dominated Zack Lambert from the start as he gained a fall in 1:50. Johnson had a quick takedown and near fall for a 5-0 lead.

After Lambert got an escape, Johnson scored another takedown and near fall for a 10-1 lead before recording the pin with 10 seconds left in the first period.

“Garrett Johnson is looking sharp right now,” Weaver said. “If there is a guy up in practice and in a match it is Johnson. He is one of our senior captains. He leads well on and off the mat. When you have a match at home you want to show everyone what you know, and he went out and did that.

“Cheaney Reichenbacker has wrestled well all year. He’s willing to hand fight, he’s willing to hit fakes, and he’s willing to do the things we do in practice, but he’s not moving his guy. He’s got to move him more so it takes the guy out of position so he can get that shot. He’s kind of leaving that guy still and try to shoot through his arms. He’s got to fix that a little bit, which should be an easy fix for him because he’s pretty good on his feet. I like the way Cheaneys’ wrestling well.”

Reichenbacher was taken down by Harland Mikesell before the SHS junior got an escape and takedown and went on to pin the Rebel in 1:59.

Seymour’s John Shuffitt and Southwestern’s Cody Williams battled to a 0-0 tie after one period at 126 before Shuffitt scored a takedown early in the second period and controlled the match from there on and gained a pin in 4:55.

The other Seymour pin was by John Newton against Jacob Pearson in 49 seconds at 182.

Brandan Penegar scored a 12-6 decision over Cody Collman at 120, and Dalton Miller defeated Noah Schuster by a 5-2 score at 220.

Picking up Seymour’s forfeits were Nick Carpenter, Griffin Wayt, David Shuffitt, Zach Newton, Braden Thomasma and Tyler Bicknell.

Weaver said he is looking for more consistency from his squad.

“At times I really kind of like the ways they’re all wrestling. But there are times I don’t like it.”

Johnson, Reichenbacher, John Shuffitt, Bicknell and Miller are 7-0 for the season, and John Newton is 6-0.

The Owls (6-1) will wrestle at Scottsburg this weekend and four times on Friday starting at 6 p.m. and five times Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

The junior varsity will compete at North Knox on Saturday.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.