By Anthony Jones
TROY — Two duals last week resulted in two starkly different results for Triad wrestling.
The first came on Dec. 20, when the Knights hosted Cahokia. Triad would win 10 of 14 matches to grab a 52-23 victory.
Competing at 126, Colby Crouch scored the team’s quickest victory of the affair with a pin in just 39 seconds. Bobby Patterson nabbed another quick Knight win, as he pinned his 190 division foe in 43 seconds.
Adding on another first round pin was Michael Baumgartner, who pinned his Comanche opponent in 110 seconds. Will Kelly, Shane Seip and Glen Henry supplied further pins to the winning effort.
A pair of Knights, Braden Rowe and Brody Smith, earned technical fall wins in the home affair. The duo won their matches with respective scores of 15-0 and 18-2.
Grappling at 157, Pearce Goodfield earned one of Triad’s two decisions with a 7-5 tally. Landon Busch recorded the other in a 1-0 verdict at 285.
At Edwardsville on Dec. 22, the team found less success. The Tigers would finish the dual with a 66-9 win over the Knights.
Kelly was one of two Triad wrestlers to win, pinning his opponent in 83 seconds. Rowe contributed the rest of their points with a 7-4 decision.
Coach Russ Witzig said of his team’s varying success over the week, “I felt like we wrestled well on Wednesday against Cahokia. We actually looked like we were improving and doing some good things. Against Edwardsville, we just looked terrible. When you wrestle a high-quality team who does the basics extremely well, they can make a team look really bad.”
But the Triad coach also sees the setback as an opportunity for growth, “We need to learn something from this loss and realize what makes teams like Edwardsville the best in the area in a year out basis. No one likes to lose, but if we can learn something from this, that will make us better at the end of the year.”