CLAYTON — Wayne’s wrestling team was not up to full strength Friday when the team participated in the Northmont Wrestling Premier. Whenever a high school’s football team qualifies for the state playoffs, it usually affects the wrestling program with athletes normally on the mat still competing on the gridiron.
The Warriors were down eight wrestlers Friday, and as a result won three matches and earned one draw out of 15 matches against the Thunderbolts.
As a result of its decimated lineup five Wayne wrestlers were pressed into action for more than one match. Keyan Jumper, Kyle Lockard, Alex Serry, Mason King and Cole Clyne each wrestled in a pair of matches to help the team compete.
Jumper had to go up against up and coming Northmont standout Gabe Newburg, a wrestler that out-weighed him by at least 20 pounds. Newburg had to fight hard to earn a 3-0 decision over Jumper.
Eleven matches later Jumper came back to score a solid 9-5 decision over Solomon Miller.
Lockard didn’t fare as well losing by a pin (14 seconds) to Dylan Moran and by another pin (13 seconds) to Tim Sexton. Ditto for Serry who also lost by pins in his two matches to Fouad Saleh (24 seconds) and Kyle Roberts (20 seconds) while King lost by pins to Chad Craft (1:25) and Bailey Smith (1:45).
Jordan Hardrick scored Wayne’s first victory of the evening with an 8-5 decision over Northmont’s Solomon Miller.
Tyler Wilcox scored a draw against Northmont’s Chuck Saul.
Cole Clyne earned the Warriors second win with a pin against Ryan Cisco.
Jumper came back to earn a 9-5 decision against Miller for Wayne’s final win of the night.
“We had a lot of positives tonight,” said Wayne Coach Randy Bitsko. “The freshmen football players that were allowed to compete tonight, there stamina was in question. It kind of came down to the end of the matches where we lost points. The new guys that I had come out showed a lot of promise. I knew Northmont had a good team. That’s why we wanted to do a premier with them. Unfortunately and fortunately at the same time, we’ve got a football team that is going to state and that impacts our program. But I am telling you, I saw a lot of good things tonight against some quality wrestlers and from here it is nowhere but up.”
Wayne will compete in the Edgewood Invitational on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12 (times to be announced).
Keyan Jumper gains the upper hand against Gabe Newburg but eventually lost by a 3-0 decision.
Tyler Wilcox (right) battled Northmont’s Chuck Saul to a draw Friday at the Northmont Wrestling Premier.
Cole Clyne (top) pinned Northmont’s Ryan Cisco (time of pin not available).
Jordan Hardrick (left) scored an 8-5 decision over Solomon Miller.
Keyan Jumper scored a 9-5 decision against the Bolts’ Solomon Miller.
Ron Nunnari can be reached at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind