On Thursday, January 4th, the 8th ranked Columbus Discoverers traveled to Millard South in what proved to be an exciting dual! Not only was this a dual between two ranked teams in Class A, it was also Senior night – a night dedicated to the senior wrestlers and managers who have been with the program since their freshman year. Among those honored were senior wrestler, Garett Svoboda. He, along with this parents Pam and Greg, were honored before the dual started with flowers and a plaque.
The dual started out with the lights turning off and Lunatic Fringe blasting through the speakers. As the wrestlers did their signature entrance through the cheerleaders and around the mat, the crowd went wild, and the lights came back on.
The dual started at 132 pounds, and Alex Vacha took a forfeit from Columbus. In a projected “toss-up” match at 138 pounds, Blake Smith lost a close match to Camdyn Iwan by a score of 11-5. With that loss, the Patriots were up in the team score 6-3. Senior, Garett Svoboda, picked up a HUGE win for the team at 145 pounds by beating Cade Fullner by a score of 5-1. After a set-back at 152 pounds, Isaac Trumble picked up a key victory against a ranked Carson Zwingman at 160 pounds by winning 6-2. Josh Trumble followed that match up by pinning Paxton Myers in the second period at 170 pounds.
Krew Tran and Chris Wortman both lost by decisions against ranked wrestlers from Columbus at 182 and 195 respectively. After those losses, the Patriots strung together five straight wins to put the dual out of reach of Columbus. Gavin Peitzmeier got the winning party started off by a first period pin over Eddie Lorado at 220 pounds. Jake Mayville used a last second takedown to win against Tristan Colford at 285 pounds. Caleb Coyle and Blake Jackson each scored major decisions (wins of 8 or more points) against Clay Cerny and Tanner Kobza respectively. After those matches, Conor Knopick used a first period pin to win against Thad Baldwin at 120 pounds. Garrett Carbullido fell to Alex Korte in the final match of the night, but the damage was already done.
The Patriots defeated Columbus by a final score of 41-22.