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Cubs finish a win short at Shadday Memorial
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, January 07, 2013 10:00 AM
PERFECT 5-0: Madison’s Mitchell Sandlin (left) squares off in his win over an opponent from Oldham County, Ky. Sandlin was among three Cubs who were unbeaten on the day. (Submitted photo)
Madison came up one dual win short of reclaiming the Nick Shadday Memorial Wrestling Invitational Championship Saturday at Connor K. Salm Gym in Madison.
The Cubs finished the day 4-1 with a 47-27 win over Lawrenceburg, a 66-9 win over Switzerland County, a 57-15 defeat of Scottsburg, and a 39-30 upset Oldham County, the sixth-ranked team in the state of Kentucky.
Madison's lone loss came in its last match, 51-24 at the hands of Connorsville.
"We wrestled strong today. To get a win over a ranked team is a big accomplishment for this team," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "We have really come together since the holiday break."
The Cubs, who have been plagued by forfeits all season, came into the holidays with a 4-9 record but have reeled off 11 wins in 17 matches since.
The win over Oldham County was definitely the team highlight of the meet. The Cubs were behind before junior Trey Geer scored a huge 4-3 upset over sixth-ranked Addison Deckard to tie the score 27-27.
Juniors Evan Young and Jordan Partee then both picked up pins to boost the Cubs ahead 39-27 and lock up the win.
Young (145 pounds), Partee (152), and Mitchell Sandlin (195), all juniors, finished a perfect 5-0 on the day.
"This win belongs to our junior class. Trey got us started with big upset and then Evan and Jordan locked it up," Skinner said. "Our junior class really stepped up today to lead this team. Without a senior on the squad, this group is the leaders and they showed it today."
Young, 11-3 on the season, got two forfeits and then pinned Switzerland County's Chase Richards in 1:35 as well as another pin and a major decision.
Partee, ranked 12th, improved to 35-1 on the season with a pair of forfeits, a 26-second pin, a major decision, and a 12-4 win over Connorsville Cody Steele. Sandlin, ranked 11th and now 32-3, got three-straight forfeits and two pins, one in 1:04 and the other in 31 seconds.
"Evan has been a missing piece of our puzzle this season as he has been out battling health issues. With him in the lineup we are a much stronger team," Skinner said. "Jordan is looking good as we head into conference tourney. His win over Steele is a good win as he was ranked ahead of Jordan earlier this season.
"Mitchell is looking to make a great run this season," Skinner added. "He is focused and looks to be on a mission."
Madison also had two grapplers, sophomores Trenton Dempler (120) and Chayce Young (126), finish the day 4-1.
"Trenton and Chayce both wrestled well today," Skinner said. "Trenton edged a little closer to beating the Lawrenceburg kid and Chayce probably lost to a top three kid in his weight this season."
Both Sandlin and Partee are closing in on season and career marks.
Sandlin now has 23 pins on the season, good for 10th on the season list, and is only six pins away from tying current assistant coach Dustin Bentz's season pin record of 29. Sandlin also sits at 67 career pins which is tied with Drew Frazier for sixth all-time.
Partee currently has 99 takedowns on the season - which puts him fifth on the all-time season list - and sits at 237 career takedowns which is fourth on the career list only four takedowns behind former Cub Jason McAfee.
The Cubs will return to action Saturday in Seymour for the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament. Wrestling will get under way at 9 a.m.
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