Within the first 15 seconds of the first match Thursday night, Seymour wrestler Alejandro Sachinas inadvertently bloodied the nose of his Columbus North opponent.
Although the match would resume a short time later, it was a foreshadow of how the night would go for each team, as the bleeding continued, figuratively speaking, for the Bull Dogs for the remainder of the night.
The Owls turned in a dominating performance at North on the mat, defeating the Bull Dogs 42-28.
Seymour won the first two matches of the night, with Sachinas winning by pin in a mere 34 seconds. That was followed by a victory for the Owls’ Kevin Corrales against North’s Tay Wells by a 9-6 decision.
The Bull Dogs’ Bradley Guttierez stopped the bleeding momentarily with a quick pin of Seymour’s Landon Coffey, but the Owls would win the next three matches to take a commanding 24-6 lead. Dallin Anderson followed with another victory for North, but wins by Seymour’s Jake Kriete, Zech Newton and Jacob Rotert put the match out of reach.
The Bull Dogs’ Brigham Kleinhenz did continue his winning ways, however, making quick work of Sam Linville, pinning him in 51 seconds to round out the team scoring.
The closest match of the night was at 160 pounds and featured Rotert against North’s Tom Hancock. Neither wrestler could get anything going for the first two periods, and the match remained scoreless. A reversal by Rotert 20 seconds into the third period gave him the only two points of the match, and he was able to ride Hancock out for the remainder of the time and score the 2-0 victory for the Owls.
Seymour coach Todd Weaver was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Two weeks ago we were not battling through situations,” Weaver said. “We have worked on battling through difficult situations for two weeks now. Tonight, I thought we had a great attitude and battled through those situations.”
Weaver was especially happy with Isaiah Pichardo’s effort at 106 pounds.
“Last year, we got pinned twice by the (Morgan) Smith kid from North. Tonight, he battled and was able to get the win. I’m pleased with that,” Weaver added.