For The Tribune
The Seymour wrestling team added another victory on Tuesday against a very tough Bloomington North squad.
The Owls now have six wins and no losses for this young season.
Seymour won 36-36, winning by a tiebreaker.
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The match started off at 132 pounds, where John Shuffitt lost by decision 9-2.
Next, sophomore Brandon Penegar (138-pounds) put the Owls on top 6-3 with a pin in 1:56.
The Owls then lost the next three matches to fall behind 18-6.
David Shuffitt (145) was ahead 4-1 before getting pinned, and Chaney Reichenbacker (152) was edged out 6-4. Ezra Barr (160), who replaced Zack Newton, lost by pin.
Bradan Thomasma got the Owls back to their winning ways at 170 pounds, pinning his opponent in 2:39.
The Owls’ Alejandro Sachinas (182) was pinned in the next match, as the Owls fell behind 24-12.
Fortunately, the Owls won four of the next fives matches, with Kevin Corrales winning by forfeit at 195 pounds.
Next, Dalton Miller made quick work at 220, pinning the opposition in 57 seconds. Miller’s pin was the fastest pin of the evening.
In the one of the closest matches of the evening, Gabe Ramirez (285) won 6-4 due to an unsportsmanlike-like call against North toward the end of the third period, putting the Owls up 27-24.
Isaiah Pichardo then won the 106-pound class by forfeit and freshmen Owen Chandler won another close one at 113.
Chandler held on for an 8-7 win to put the Owls up 36-24, guaranteeing at least a tie for Seymour.
The Owls lost the last two matches by pin to tie the score at 36-36.
The referee then ran to his scorers’ rule book to determine who won by tiebreaker.
He determined the Owls won, due to the unsportsmanlike call against Bloomington’s heavyweight wrestler.
“We didn’t wrestle our best but pulled out the victory,” Owls coach Todd Weaver said.
The Owls will continue to work hard in practice so good things can continue.
“Our partners in practice have been too easy,” Weaver said. “We can wrestle much better.”
The Owls next wrestle at Southwestern on Tuesday.