By Jeff Robison Flyer Correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — CLAYTON — Showing some lineup strength in various weight classes, Cascade’s wrestling team recorded five match wins by pin and secured 46-21 dual meet victory over the visiting West Vigo Vikings on Tuesday night..
Cascade coach Travis Hutchison was pleased with the outcome and the way the Cadets battled on the mat.
“Overall, we looked fresh tonight,” Hutchison said. “We looked better than we did last week, and wrestled at our pace, which makes a big difference on the mat.”
Though just nine individual bouts were contested, Cascade captured six weight classes with only one of those wins going the full six-minute match allotment.
The night opened with Cascade’s Mike Browning (182) subduing West Vigo’s Nick Parker by fall in 1:48 of the opening round.
Teammates Sean Fox (113), Hunter Fox (120), Zach Batts (145), and Casey Fox (152) followed suit by pinning their Viking opponents. Cascade’s Chris Howard (170) ended the meet with an 11-0 decision over West Vigo’s Jack Belleu.
Freshman Sean Fox, who wrestled up a weight class, needed just 1:17 to pin West Vigo’s Brian Becker, and that gained high praise from Hutchison.
“Sean is really our 106-pound wrestler, but we have bumped him up a couple times already this season,” Hutchison said. “But, he has pulled out some solid wins for us at 113. I am really happy with the contribution he is making as a freshman.”
Hunter Fox recorded the only Cascade pin in the second period, pulling the team score out to a 30-3 advantage for the hosts.
To that point, the only loss for Cascade had been a 7-1 decision for West Vigo’s Dakota Short over Nick Evans (220).
However, West Vigo rallied with a pair of pins at 132 and 138 pounds. Cascade’s Austin Manly held an early advantage over opponent Cody Elkins, but Elkins got a reversal in the second period and earned the win at 3:45. Sam Dowden got West Vigo’s other victory with a pin against Zach Mills in 1:45.
“We have our strengths spread out a little bit,” Hutchison said. “We have some strength in the mids, some strength in the smalls, and some strength at the top. We had a good crowd and had our youth league supporting our team, and that meant a lot.”
Forfeits in five weight classes made the evening much shorter. Both teams shared forfeits in the 106 and 160 weight classes. Part of Cascade’s early lead came from forfeits gained at 195 by Sean Bayse and 285 by Lucas Stoutenour.
Cascade will return to the mat on Saturday at home. The Cadets will be host for five-way dual, with action slated to begin at 9 a.m.