Underdog Owls wrangle 4 individual victories, but Bull Dogs claim meet


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The Seymour wrestling team needed all the close matches to go its way on Thursday in order to upset host Columbus North.

But while the Owls got wins from David Shuffitt (132), Matthew Ruddick (145) and Tyler Bicknell (195) and a forfeit victory by 106-pounder Alex Berry, they were unable to put any other wins on the board, losing 54-19.

“We just didn’t have the right mindset going into this meet,” Seymour coach Todd Weaver said. “We are sending some young kids out there, but that’s not an excuse for what the score was in the end.”

Bicknell trailed 2-1 in the final period of his match against Columbus North’s Cameron Corbin, but he hit a headlock with 39 seconds remaining to get the 3-2 decision.

Shuffitt won by major decision against Patrick Shehan 10-1 with a beautiful display of double leg shots.

Finishing the meet for the Owls was Ruddick, who caught Columbus North’s Jacob Lashley in a front headlock and put him straight to his shoulders for a fall in 2:39.

“I wanted to control him in every way possible,” Ruddick said. “I like to wrestle straightforward and try to attack and score first. I was able to catch him in one of his shots he was trying to do and put him on his back.”

“He has been looking really good,” Weaver said of Ruddick’s performance. “He just comes out fast and gets quick takedowns and is always in the right place at the right time.”

What ultimately hurt the Owls was giving up five pins and three forfeits.

The Bull Dogs secured falls from Mason Day (160), Luke Teague (182), Will Speaker (120), Cody Speaker (126) and Braden Hinckley (138).

Ruddick said the team’s focus needs to be better going into meets.

“We need to work on our team confidence more than anything,” Ruddick said. “We need to act like we are bigger and tougher than everyone.”

Weaver said the team needs to be better prepared.

“I want to forget about this meet as much as possible,” Weaver said. “We have a lot of young guys that need to step up and be leaders for our team. We need to have a focus going into a match thinking we are going to win.”

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