Cubs go 2-5; Partee 152 pound champ at HHC duels
Monday, December 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Madison's wrestling team scored two wins and junior Jordan Partee went undefeated over the two-day Hoosier Hills Conference duals at Floyd Central and Jeffersonville on Friday and Saturday.
Partee (Courier file photo)
The Cubs defeated Bedford North Lawrence 40-27 and Seymour 42-36. They lost 43-35 to New Albany, 57-18 to Jeffersonville, 63-9 to Floyd Central, 51-20 to Columbus East and 51-16 to Jennings County.
Madison forfeited three weight classes all weekend and did not have a single senior. Despite that handicap, the Cubs performed well.
"I honestly didn't see how we could win a single dual given our situation," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "It is a tall order to spot teams 24 points due to forfeits and expect to win. These guys didn't back down and showed a lot of heart today."
Partee, wrestling at 152 pounds, won all seven of his matches. One of the wins was an impressive victory over Jennings County when he wrestled up one class to 160 pounds.
"We told our wrestlers coming in that sometimes we would bump them up to get them a tougher match to get the guys ready for the state tourney," Skinner said. "Jordan looked very sharp today. He was quick on his feet and very aggressive."
Junior Mitchell Sandlin, ranked 14th in the state at 195 pounds, finished 6-1 with his only loss coming in overtime to Floyd Central's Nick Ottersback, the eighth-ranked wrestler at 220 pounds.
"Mitchell told me on Friday night that he wanted to bump up and challenge himself against the state-ranked kid," Skinner said. "I love that fear-no-one attitude. He dominated early and I thought he was going to cruise but the 30 extra pounds started to wear him down as he gassed in the third period."
Sophomore Tanner Young went 6-1 at 160 pounds for Madison and sophomore Chayce Young was 5-2 at 126 pounds.
"I am proud of each and every kid on our roster," Skinner said. "It's a shame that forfeits have taken several wins away from this talented group of kids. Wrestling is a sport that requires a lot of dedication and sacrifice."
Madison returns to action Saturday to visit Columbus North.