On Tuesday, December 4th, Elkhorn South made the trek east to Millard South High School. Before the dual started, the Millard South Wrestling Club was able to have a dual against the Elkhorn Wrestling Club. With that dual and the JV dual all going before the Varsity dual, the stands were packed! A new feature for all of the home duals is allowing the wrestlers to choose a song that will play as they go from the bench area, up to the table, and then out onto the mat. It’s was just something that allowed the kids to have their own wrinkle in the dual.
The dual started off at 285 pounds with Chris Wortmann leading off for the Patriots against the bigger Chase Emsick of the Storm. Chris was able to earn an escape in the 3rd period and held off some offensive attacks to earn the win 1-0. After a forfeit for Caleb Coyle, Blake Jackson earned the first PIN of the night and was the first person in the Coach Olson era to earn the PIN CHAIN! At 120 pounds, Garrett Carbullido received a forfeit to put the Patriots up 21-0. Conor Knopick followed up in the next match with a 21-6 TECH FALL over the Storm’s Daniel Schuman.
In the next three matches, the Patriots earned three straight PINS! Getting the pin parade started was freshman, Antrell Taylor. He earned a pin in the second period. Also earning a second period PIN was fellow freshman, Tyler Antoniak. Blake Smith earned the third straight pin with only two seconds left on the clock. Going into the halftime break, the Patriots were leading 44-0.
The first match up after the break was one of the most hotly contested matches of the night. Alex Vacha earned a tough, hard fought victory over Ayden Welch by fending off a last second flurry as time expired. Next up for the Patriots were two wrestlers who had to square off against returning State Qualifiers for the Storm. After a pair of pins against Isaiah Jackson and Krew Tran, the Patriots lead was 47-12.
The last three matches of the dual took a total of just over two and a half minutes! Isaac Trumble earned a :51 pin; Josh Trumble came away with a :38 pin; and, Gavin Peitzmeier earned a 1:10 pin. The final score at the end of the dual was 65-12 for the Patriots, giving them their first dual win of the year.