By Jeff Robison Flyer Correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — BROWNSBURG — With IHSAA sectional competition a little more than six weeks away, the Brownsburg Bulldogs wrestling team came up short on Senior Night, losing a 38-18 against a tough Carmel Greyhounds squad on Wednesday.
Though Carmel only held a 2-1 advantage in bouts decided by pin, the Greyhounds scored an overall 9-5 edge in match wins, more than doubling the Bulldogs’ team total. Brownsburg fought to decisions in most weight classes, but were unable to claim wins.
Falling shy against a very good Carmel team was a sore spot for Bulldogs coach Darrick Snyder.
“The bottom line is that we have improved our schedule,” Snyder said. “We could have lined up an easy victory on Senior Night, but to get to the highest level, we need to wrestle the best. We have beaten teams that have holes (in their lineups) or are still in the rebuilding process. But, we need to start beating the better teams in the state.”
Carmel gained its two pins in the first two individual clashes, taking a 12-0 lead in the team score. Brownsburg was never able to cut the lead out of double digits,and the outcome was decided very early in the evening.
“This was a big improvement over last week against Avon,” Snyder said. “But, the bottom line is that it still is not good enough. We still do not have enough mat awareness.”
The lone fall for the Bulldogs came at 285 pounds as senior Zachary Rumschlag built up a 22-9 lead over DeShawn Williams into the third period before pinning him.
None of the other wins came easy for the Bulldogs, as the largest decision difference in Brownsburg’s favor was by just four points.
The closest match of the night came at 113 pounds where Brownsburg moved up 106-pound varsity starter Nick Weaver to the heavier class against Carmel’s Andrew Hayes. Weaver and Hayes dueled to a scoreless tie in three periods, but Weaver got the lone takedown in overtime for the 2-0 decision.
The Bulldogs gutted out three other match wins.
Stone Neese made a takedown with 25 seconds remaining to pull out a 3-1 victory over John Theriot at 182 pounds. Brownsburg also won two of the final three matches of the night as Saevon Canto earned a 3-1 decision over Sam Bublick at 138 pounds, while C. J. Damler had a 6-2 win over Nick Fox at 152 pounds.
“Most of the guys in our lineup had only won a handful of varsity matches and struggled last year,” Snyder said. “Our guys have trained their butts off to be competitive against Carmel. I do not want to just be competitive — I want us to be elite.”
Brownsburg wrestlers stayed close, but came up shy in some other matches. At 220 pounds, Brandon Webber fell 8-4 to Carmel’s Keion Garcia, while Troy Owen lost 11-8 to Jerrod Smith at 126 pounds, and Conner Allen lost 9-4 to Morgan Pruitt at 120 pounds.
“At 120 and 126, we are better than that,” Snyder said. “Those (matches) hurt us bad. When we won at 113, we thought we were going to be on a roll. My guys are better than we wrestled tonight, and that was frustrating.”