Tyrone grapplers fall to Central 57-13

After two tough losses and four forfeits the Tyrone varsity wrestling team fell to Central 57-13.

“We wrestled better but came up short,” said head coach Mike Cherry, “It’s tough to be able to come up with a winning strategy when we have to forfeit four weights giving them 24 points.”

At 132 senior Aaron Lewis pinned his opponent at 1:28 in the first period.

At 285 junior Stevie Colyer won his match against Brice Brumbaugh 3-0.

Junior Mike Cherry at 106 won his match against Brandon Holsinger 4-0.

“I felt I wrestled more my style,” said Cherry, “I opened up more. I just need to improve on the small things.”

At 170 Phoenix Farias lost a tough and debatable match against Centrals Jordan Quarello 0-3.

“I wrestled pretty well for having strained muscles in my back,” said Farias, “at first I was cautious but after I started to lose I realized I had to start wrestling hard. I just wish a few calls would have went my way.”

“A couple of matches didn’t go the way I thought they would. I thought we had points at the end of the 170 pound match but the ref didn’t see it that way,” said coach Cherry.

Seniors Erick Ixtepan and Lance Loose both took the fall at 2:32 and 1:22. Sophomore Derrick Harris took the fall at :55.

Junior Sage Dixon at 145 lost a 7-1 decision to Centrals Ethan Kennedy.

At 126 Jamal Hicks took the fall at 5:19 against Braeden Swab.

At 120 Devon Brown lost a 12-6 decision over Nathan Earnest.

“We have a month to prepare and improve for districts. We have lots of practice time as well as more dual meets and a tournament to test ourselves,” said coach Cherry, “how much can we improve? That is going to be determined by how much the kids come together in the practice room and raise the level of intensity, focus, determination, and commitment. There is no doubt in my mind, the kids can wrestle better. I have to work on getting their confidence up.”