Seymour wrestling Coach Todd Weaver says he likes to see his team be the aggressor from the opening whistle of a match.
Weaver had a lot to be pleased with during Tuesday’s match against Madison as the Owls won the first period takedown battle 8-2 and rolled to a 57-12 win against their Hoosier Hills Conference and Jennings County Sectional rival.
“Tonight I thought is what we’ve been looking for for a long time,” he said. “We’ve had some success and we’ve been winning, but how you wrestle is really what we look for because at the end of the year that’s how we’ve got to be wrestling, and I thought we were definitely aggressive and ready to wrestle.
“A few more guys found what we call it chain-wrestling where they’re going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing and don’t let that kid rest.
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“A few of our guys did that tonight and it was a difference-maker. When everybody does that we’ll be a little more happy.”
Owls David Shuffitt at 132-pounds, Brandon Penegar at 138, Cheaney Reichenbacker at 145, and Zack Newton at 152 recorded takedowns in the first period and ended their matches with pins.
Shuffitt was leading Eli McGillan 4-0 before gaining the fall in 3:05, Penegar dominated Julian Sample from the start as he had three takedowns and two near falls before getting his pin in 3:39.
Reichenbacker had the quickest pin of the night for the Owls as he took Dax Trueblood down early in the match and gained the pin in :53, and Newton pinned Raul Delgado in 1:25.
Seymour’s next win came from Kevin Corralas with a 6-1 decision over Cogan Kent at 195. Corrales had a near fall in the second period, and an escape and takedown in the third period.
Dalton Miller also had a takedown against Eric Leach in the first period and put the Cub on his back at 2:54 in their 220-pound match.
The Owls also dominated in the lower weights as Isaiah Pichardo (106) pinned Jacob Skirvin at 1:12, Owen Chandler (113) broke a 2-2 tie with Camden Spears with two takedowns in the second period and won 6-1, and for Justin Ruddick (120) a first period takedown was the difference in a 2-0 win over Daunte O’Bannon.
Owls John Shuffitt at 126 and Braden Thomasma at 170 won forfeits.
Weaver said Pichardo boosted his record to 22-0, while Chandler improved to 22-1.
The Owls are 18-1 in dual meets and are off until they compete in the Mooresville Classic Dec. 27-28.
Weaver said, “Overall we’re doing all right. I wouldn’t say we’re dominating anybody. There are matches where we go out where our kid maybe a little better than the other kid, so maybe it looks like they’re dominating but when you watch wrestling a long time you’re kind of looking for specific things.
“I think if I had to pick one thing I really want to get better on is wrestling on top. It might sound silly, last weekend and even tonight we picked up some pins, but I think some of it is their guy on the bottom maybe he’s not working hard enough to get away and it’s letting us get away with not being as sharp on top as we could be.
“I would love to get better on the top by the time we get to Mooresville.”