Crawfordsville’s wrestling team was at home in their only home dual meet of the season and celebrated Senior Night by defeating 4A Whiteland by a score of 48-22.
Athenian Coach Roger Tribbett said he was happy with a team win, but was more excited about how his team executed despite missing four wrestlers for various reasons.
“It was a pretty good night,” Tribbett said. “We got two wins from guys that stepped in. The big thing to me is we beat them 6-5 in head-to-head matches.”
Two seniors were victorious for Crawfordsville. Senior Brett Johnson (152) won a 4-1 decision over Warrior freshman Jeffry Wooten. Athenian senior Yovanni Mondragon continued his recent victory string in what might have been the most exciting match of the night.
Mondragon found himself behind 6-5 with under one minute to wrestle against Whiteland freshman Brandon Perry. However, Mondragon summoned up a boost of energy and was able to get a reversal and pinned his Warrior counterpart with just 39 seconds left in the match.
Mondragon said recently Tribbett had been preaching pins from his senior and he wanted to respond for the team on Senior Night.
“I knew I was behind and I knew I had to get a pin like Coach has been preaching to me,” Mondragon said. “It was nice to get the win for the team especially on Senior Night.”
Crawfordsville led the entire match and sophomore Nathan Bean got things started right with a pin in the 285 class in the first match of the evening. Also recording falls by the Athenians was sophomore Michael Minks in the 182 class and Dave Pan in the 120 class.
Junior Dalton Scaggs won at 106 with a 9-1 major decision putting Crawfordsville up 12-3 and the meet never got any closer.
Tribbett said the victory was sweeter because Whiteland beat the Athenians last year.
“Whiteland beat us last year so it was good to get the win,” Tribbett said. “I am proud the guys battled tonight and our seniors wanted to get the win.”
“We are 7-5 right now and last year at this time we were 4-8 at this point,” Tribbett said. “And, we have done it with a young team.”
Crawfordsville is off now until the Montgomery County Wrestling Meet on Dec. 15. Tribbett will use the time off to get his team ready for some tough competition.
“Both North and South are loaded this year,” Tribbett said. “We will work hard and get ready to battle again.”