By Jeff Robison Flyer Correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — PLAINFIELD — For its number of match wins, Plainfield’s wrestling team was just one point shy of its best possible team score in Wednesday evening’s dual meet with the Center Grove Trojans. However, that efficiency was not enough to overcome the Trojans’ team strength as Plainfield lost 50-29 in a contest that also celebrated Senior Night for the Quakers.
Plainfield won just five of the 13 contested matches, with four of those wins coming off pins and the fifth by technical fall. On the other side, Center Grove was also winning most of its matches convincingly. The Trojans recorded six pins and two decisions, plus benefitted from a Plainfield forfeit at 106 pounds.
Plainfield coach Paul Nicodemus said injuries played a factor in lineups for both teams.
“We are a little dinged up, and they are a little dinged up, and that is why I think there were eleven pins,” Nicodemus said. “We had some bright spots. For the most part, our guys that are experienced came through for us. Some of our young guys took their lumps, but hopefully they learned things they can work on.”
Nicodemus was proud to see two of his senior grapplers pull out victories in the meet, as both Corin McKee (138) and Triston Pantone(152) won by fall.
“I was really happy for Corin and Triston,” Nicodemus said. “They are both four-year starters who have been through so many practices and so many meets. It is nice that they were able to go out and take care of business.”
McKee stopped Nick Summers in 2:54, while Pantone was just a little quicker in dispatching Zach Davis.
Both wrestlers were happy to take wins in their final home matches.
“I have been a four-year varsity letterman, so this was bittersweet,” McKee said. “I wanted to go out with bang, and I was glad that I got the pin and six points for our team.”
Pantone said, “To go out like that (with a pin) for Senior Night was a fantastic way to end home meets this season. I have definitely improved a lot over the season. Sectional will have some tough opponents, but toughness and practice will win out in the end.”
Team win leader Dayton Clements (160) followed Pantone’s win with an 18-1 technical fall. Samir Tawfeek (182) gave the Quakers their only team score lead in the team score after pinning his opponent one minute into the match. Freshman Bryce Biddle (285) delivered Plainfield’s final match win with a 17 second pin over Center Grove’s Seth Ferrando.
“Samir is in his first year of varsity, and has been a huge surprise for us,” Nicodemus said. “And, I was thrilled with Bryce — that is what he does — he just gets after it.”
Three other seniors — Kyle Fisher (132), Drew Thomas (195), and Cameron Lusk (220) — were in the lineup for the Quakers, all losing their matches by pins.