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Seymour’s wrestlers scored decisions in the top four classes but couldn’t get any points on the mat in the lower and middle weight classes and fell to Columbus East 47-18 on Thursday night in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

Alejandra Sanchez got the Owls started on the right foot with a 9-5 win against Noah White at 182.

Kevin Corrales scored a 5-2 win against Lane Goode at 195, Dorian Borom got an escape in the second period for a 1-0 win against Brycen Copeland at 220, and Gabe Ramirez topped Erik Cardoro 4-2 at 285.

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Sanchez was the only Seymour wrestler to record the first takedown.

Corrales, Borom and Ramirez were all scoreless at the end of their first periods.

Owls Coach Todd Weaver said his team lost to a talented team, as East has several veterans back that won the Hoosier Hills Conference and Jennings County Sectionals last season.

“They have a lot of kids that have a lot of experience under their belt, and they’re good wrestlers; they’re legit wrestlers,” he said.

“I thought we went out and battled them. I was really happy with our guys the way they battled tonight. That’s one thing we were talking with our team just a second ago. Its one thing to get beat, but if you’re not going to compete when it happens that’s when you really lose.

“We’ve got some kids that just aren’t at that level yet, and they can be and they will be. If you’re not going to go compete it will never happen for you.”

Seymour’s Owen Chandler lost 4-2 to Joey Gordon at 120, Jacob Kriete lost 6-2 to Corbin Pollitt at 152, and Jake Rotert fell 17-2 at 170.

Nate Banister (132), Colton Hensley (138), Brandon Penegar (145) and Zack Newton (160) lost by pin. Isiah Pichardo won by forfeit, and East won the other two matches by forfeit.

“Tonight we had kids compete, and I’m so happy because that’s stuff you can build off of,” Weaver said. ‘You’re in a 3-2 match and you find a way to win it, like Gabe Ramirez. He gets tripped to his hip and he battles up and finishes on top. That’s the difference in the match.

“Dorian is still trying to get his wrestling legs underneath him. This is his first year of wrestling. He does a good job of staying in good position so he doesn’t give up a lot of scores.

The Owls will wrestle tonight and Saturday at Scottsburg. They will have four matches tonight and five Saturday.

Seymour was 1-4 last week at Edgewood. Seymour defeated West Washington and fell to New Albany, Floyd Central, Edgewood and Bloomington North.

Penegar led the Owls by posting a record of 4-1 at the duals.

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