Madison hosted New Washington in its final wrestling match of the regular season on Thursday. Madison’s Jordan Partee (above) locks down New Washington’s Dalton Bingham, Madison coach Tyson Skinner (below) gets into the action. The Cubs wore special camouflaged singlets to honor the military and won the match 48-21. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison hosted New Washington in its final wrestling match of the regular season on Thursday. Madison’s Jordan Partee (above) locks down New Washington’s Dalton Bingham, Madison coach Tyson Skinner (below) gets into the action. The Cubs wore special camouflaged singlets to honor the military and won the match 48-21. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison won five of the eight contested matches by pin and picked up three forfeits to beat New Washington 48-21 in wrestling Thursday at Salm Gymnasium.

The dual meet served as both senior night and military appreciation night and as a result, the Cubs wore special digitized camouflage singlets.

Combined with the win, it was a perfect way for Madison to end the regular season, especially for coach Tyson Skinner, a former Marine and an Iraqi War Veteran.

"(New Washington's) 138-pounder and 160-pounder are pretty good and they'll both probably make long runs in the tournament," said Skinner, whose father, Staff Sgt. Darrell Skinner served as the honorary team captain. "We knew coming in that those two would be pretty tough. It was a good win."

As it has done all season, Madison forfeited the smaller weight classes and leaned on its middleweights to carry the victory.

Jordan Partee, one of the top wrestlers in the state, dominated his 152-pound weight class match with Dalton Bingham and picked up a pin/fall in just 40 seconds.

The Cubs' other top wrestler, 195-pounder Mitchell Sandlin, never got a chance to work up a sweat winning by forfeit.

Skinner said he initially thought about moving Partee up to 160 pounds to take on New Washington's Jacob Franklin for what would have been the marquee match of the night but decided against it after illness forced him to him to alter the lineup.

"I wanted to move Jordan up there but with the illness I just didn't want to risk it," Skinner said. "We told Jordan not to mess around, that we needed a pin. And he got it."

If not for the forfeits and a few timely pins, Madison could have found itself on the wrong end of an upset.

The match started at 285 pounds where Madison's Shannon Gatke picked up a forfeit. New Washington's Matt Mosley then got a forfeit at 106 pounds.

Both teams forfeited the 113 and 120 pound classes before wrestling finally got under way. The Cubs' Trenton Dempler (126 pounds) and Chayce Young (132) each picked up wins by pin before the Mustangs' Brady Meenach ended the run with a pin of Madison's Chris Tingle at 138.

"I was proud of Trenton, Chayce and Chris. All three of those guys were wrestling up a class," Skinner said. "They all did well."

New Washington's Vancey Crase scored a 7-0 win over the Cubs' Cameron Napier at 145 pounds before Partee picked up his pin. Franklin then pinned Madison's Tanner Young in 3:23 at 160 pounds.

At that point of the match Madison led only 24-21 but the Cubs got a big pin in just 14 seconds by Hunter Sego at 170 pounds then two-straight forfeits to clinch the win. Tanner Geer closed out the victory with a pin at 220 pounds.

The victory sends Madison into the sectional on a roll and Skinner has high hopes for his team in the tournament. While he doesn't expect a team sectional title, he does expect several of his wrestlers to have nice showings.

"Jordan and Mitchell obviously are expected to have a good tournament but we have several other guys that are really wrestling well," Skinner said. "The way Trenton Dempler is coming on here late and Chayce Young, those two especially could have good tournaments."

The sectional kicks off Saturday, Jan. 26 at Jennings County. The seed meeting will be held on Monday.