The Demon wrestling team held senior night last night, and went 2-0 in their home triangular.
Washington started their meet with conference opponent Fairfield, and took care of business quickly, winning 54-21. Washington saw pins at almost every weight, including Andrew Waite at 106 in 1:03, Fletcher Green at 120, Michael Ellingson at 126, Trey Van Weelden at 132, Alex Gonzalez at 152, and Brad Skubal at 195, while the Demons gave up only two pins to the Trojans on their way to their opening conference and meet win.
In the middle match it was Ottumwa running away with their dual against Fairfield 61-15, and then the Demons faced the Bulldogs who looked to be strong competitors.
Washington started at 195 with Skubal, and he did his job getting the pin in 1:25. The Demons dropped the match at 220, and were open at 285 which put Ottumwa in the lead. The Demons got back into it though when they hit 110 pounds as Kyle Anderson pulled a reverse on his opponent pinning him at 3:04 in the second period, Green followed suit by pinning his opponent at 120 in 1:44 in the first, but the Bulldogs hung around with another pin of their own at 126.
Washington got a win from Trey Van Weelden at 132, and then another pin by the Demons Tristan Pohren at 138 helped get the Demons in a bit of a clearing. Jarek Brown won his match, and Gonzalez pinned his opponent at 152. The Demons received another pin at 160 by Austin Latchem late in his match, putting the dual out of reach of the Bulldogs, but they kept trying, getting a tech fall and another pin.
Despite it being senior night, it was the freshmen and sophomores that were heavy in the lineup, and head coach Brent Van Weelden is happy with how they did.
“[We had] four or five freshmen in the lineup, so we’re fairly young, one of these years we’re going to be old, but we’re never old, it seems like we’re always young, but our freshmen, they are wrestling hard and a couple of them made a couple of mistakes tonight, but I’m proud of them, I’m proud of the team,” Van Weelden said.
Washington honored six seniors in Fletcher Green, Tristan Pohren, Austin Latchem, Logan Howard, Luke Brown and Tanner Knupp, and is now 1-0 in the conference.