For The Tribune

The Seymour wrestling team went undefeated Saturday at the Bedford North Lawrence duals, earning five team victories without a loss.

The Owls won big in their first match, routing Tell City 66-3.

Seymour went on to defeat Forest Park 72-6, Salem 60-9, Brebeuf 71-3, and then finished off a determined Bedford team 61-18.

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This year, the Owls have a very special group of young veterans.

A total of 24 of their 32 athletes are freshmen or sophomores.

Going undefeated at Bedford were Isaiah Pichardo (106), Owen Chandler (113), Justin Ruddick (120), David Shuffitt (138), Brandon Penegar (145), Cheaney Reichenbacker (152) and Zack Newton (160).

Having four wins and one loss for the day: Colton Hensley (126), John Shuffitt (132), Bradan Thomasma (170), Alejandro Sachinas (182), and Kevin Corrales (195).

Gabe Ramirez finished the day with three wins and two losses at 285 pounds.

Owls head coach Todd Weaver was especially proud of his team in the last match against Bedford.

“Bedford came out fired up,” Weaver said. “They wanted to challenge us, and we responded. Someone didn’t just punch us in the face and make us back down.”

Weaver wants his team to work more on conditioning moving forward.

“We haven’t worked too hard on conditioning,” he said, “We are practicing well. We are young but we work hard.”

The Owls have had more “intense” practices than in the past, with each practice this young season being an intense one due to a motivated group of focused athletes.

“We’ve had 17 practices and they’ve all been intense practices,” Weaver said. “Even though we had a good day (today), we’re going to wrestle better and better as the season goes.”

This could be a very special season for the Owls wrestling team as it wrestles next at home on Tuesday against Bloomington North.