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Peru picks up dual win over Maconaquah

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

The first meeting of Peru and Maconaquah during Rivalry Week occurred on the mats Tuesday evening as the wrestling squads met for the first time this season.

The Tigers’ strength in depth told as the night went along, overcoming an early 9-0 deficit and pulled away from the host Braves over the final three bouts in a 49-27 win.

Peru head coach Andy Hobbs said the team was focused on taking each match to Maconaquah.

“We’re starting to think offensively,” Hobbs said. “They’re starting to wrestle on their toes, on the feet and have a better attitude.

“They’re willing to get in a scrap.”

Maconaquah head coach Bob Freije said the team missed out on and conceded too many additional points to catch up to Peru.

“There are a lot of things that were going into this week,” Freije said. “This was the first meeting between Peru and Maconaquah this week.

“One of the big factors tonight was bonus points. Those hurt us tonight and kept us from getting over the top.”

The dual started off at 195 pounds where Maconaquah’s Aaron Sedwick won a hard fought 4-1 decision over Peru’s Devin Reagle while Collin Silvers kept things rolling at 220 pounds for the hosts with a first period fall over Zion Ryan.

A high-profile meeting took place in the heavyweight ranks as Avery Jones and Adam Bowman were locked in a very tight contest through two periods.

Jones was able to turn Bowman at the start of the third period, securing a fall and the first team points of the night for the Tigers.

While the result was not in his team’s favor, Freije said the bout was one of the best of the night.

“That was a good match between the heavyweights,” Freije said. “It was one of the more intense matches of the whole night.”

The visitors got on a strong roll from there as Alex Legg won a 9-2 decision over Blake Kenney at 106 pounds, followed by first period falls for David Schulte at 113 pounds over Michael Tate and Seth Anderson at 120 pounds over Brady Floyd.

Ethan Robinette largely controlled the match at 126 pounds against Fletcher Williams but it wasn’t until the final second that the Peru senior scored a pin, moving the visitors ahead 27-9.

Maconaquah finally got a win back at 132 pounds where Jonah Hollars scored a pin over Kayden Gee after being on his own back just seconds before.

Tori Forrest scored a major decision for Peru over Zack Bullock at 138 pounds, winning 13-4, before Aaron McKinley and Trent Burns grabbed pins for the Braves at 145 and 152 pounds respectively over Mason Sommers and Sam Makowski.

With the score now 31-27 in favor of the Tigers, the hosts sent out Carter Little at 160 pounds to face Zian Constable in a swing bout that likely would determine which way the dual would go.

Little was penalized for not having his laces secured and penalized further when Constable scored a fall in the first period.

Hobbs said many of the young wrestlers were in positions to step up and did so Tuesday.

“The guys in the lineup are not green any more, they’re experienced varsity wrestlers,” Hobbs said. “It’s time for them to start doing that.

“We’re over 30 matches into the season and it’s good to see their growth. Now it’s about pulling the trigger on shots and finishing hard.

Zach Ashley grabbed a first period fall over Lane Wagoner at 170 pounds and Jordan Rader capped the meet with a second period fall over Braxton Dewey.

Peru was scheduled to face Lewis Cass Wednesday but the match was postponed due to weather.

Maconaquah will travel to Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran Saturday for the Wild Bill Invitational, featuring the host Saints, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Homestead, Fort Wayne Snider, Wabash, Huntington North and Northwood.

Freije said the meet was a chance to see where the wrestlers stand against teams that will head to the New Haven Semi-State.


“This gives us an idea of what kind of competition we’ll see from the Carroll regional,” Freije said. “It also provides some very good competition for the guys before the state tournament beings.”