Madison and Southwestern wrestling squared off for the annual “Battle for the Paddle” Wednesday at Salm Gymnasium in Madison. The Cubs’ Tanner Young (above) rides Southwestern’s Noah Schuster to the ground during his win by pin at 182 pounds. Southwestern’s Austin Spray (below) locks down the Cubs’ Matt Wilson en route to a pin at 138 pounds. Other than Spray’s win and a pair of forfeits, Madison had little trouble in posting the 58-18 win to reclaim the Paddle. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison and Southwestern wrestling squared off for the annual “Battle for the Paddle” Wednesday at Salm Gymnasium in Madison. The Cubs’ Tanner Young (above) rides Southwestern’s Noah Schuster to the ground during his win by pin at 182 pounds. Southwestern’s Austin Spray (below) locks down the Cubs’ Matt Wilson en route to a pin at 138 pounds. Other than Spray’s win and a pair of forfeits, Madison had little trouble in posting the 58-18 win to reclaim the Paddle. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison lost only one contested match and gave up only two forfeits in a dominating 58-18 win over cross-county rival Southwestern in the annual Battle for the Paddle wrestling meet Wednesday.

The Cubs won the team match but lost the contested bouts in its tussle with their rival a year ago. This year, there was no mistaking which of the two Jefferson County schools was on top.

"Our cardio is a little down with the weather and the holiday break, but other than that, I was pretty pleased," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "We had two wrestlers get their first varsity wins and I was real happy to see those guys get that notch."

Five of Madison's 11 wins on the night came via pin/fall, none faster than Mitchell Sandlin's 12-second pin of Southwestern's Matt Hedges at 220 pounds. Sandlin, the 11th-ranked wrestler in the state at 195 pounds, wrestled up a weight class to pick up the win.

Cub freshman Cameron Napier (152 pounds) pinned the Rebels' Josh Matterson in 25 seconds for his first varsity win while teammate Brandon Gatke (285) pinned Southwestern's Jackson Gray in 4:23 for his first win.

Chris Tingle (132) pinned Alex Marian in 5:46 and Tanner Young (182) pinned Noah Schuster in 5:10 for Madison's other wins by fall. Hunter Sego had the Cubs' toughest win, a 22-11 marathon over the Rebels' Zach Abbott at 170 pounds.

Trenton Dempler (120), Chayce Young (126), Evan Young (145), Jordan Partee (160) and Trey Geer (195) each picked up wins by forfeit for Madison.

"We thought Jordan was going to get a chance to wrestle but they mixed it up on us," Skinner said of Partee, the state's 12th-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds. "He got to take it easy."

Southwestern's lone win on the mat came via Austin Spray, who pinned Matt Wilson in just 36 seconds at 138 pounds.

The pin was just a continuation of a strong junior season for Spray, including nine-straight wins by fall at last weekend's Warrior Classic in Scottsburg.

"The very first weekend of the season Austin had a rough weekend but ever since then he has bounced back," Southwestern coach Brandon Brawner said. "We give him the game-plan and he sticks to it. He's one that we can count on to go out against anybody and give us at least one win."

The Rebels also picked up victories by forfeit at the two lowest weight classes with Cody Holman (106) and Jordan Hatton (113) gaining forfeit wins.

But other than Spray, Brawner wasn't pleased with his team's performance in any way.

"The dots are there if they could just connect them," Brawner said. "Part of that is missing practices. I wasn't surprised by their performance (tonight). They wrestled like they practiced."

Both teams return to action in tournaments this weekend. Southwestern competes in the Providence 6-Way while Madison hosts the annual Nick Shadday Memorial, its third home match over a span of seven days.

The Cubs will debut special "Shadday" singlets for the tournament as a tribute to their former teammate and coach.

"The Shadday is always a special tournament for us and it's one that we look forward to," Skinner said. "I know that I remember being a youngster and getting a chance to get on the mat with Nick and how big of a thrill that was for me. We just want to honor him."

MADISON 58, SOUTHWESTERN 18

Weight Result

106 Cody Holman (SW) win by forfeit.

113 Jordan Hatton (SW) win by forfeit.

120 Trenton Dempler (M) win by forfeit.

126 Chayce Young (M) win by forfeit.

132 Chris Tingle (M) d. Alex Marian (SW), pin 5:46.

138 Austin Spray (SW) d. Matt Wilson (M), pin 0:36.

145 Evan Young (M) win by forfeit.

152 Cameron Napier (M) d. Josh Matterson (SW), pin 0:25.

160 Jordan Partee (M) win by forfeit.

170 Hunter Sego (M) d. Zach Abbott (SW), 22-11.

182 Tanner Young (M) d. Noah Schuster (SW), pin 5:10.

195 Trey Geer (M) win by forfeit.

220 Mitchell Sandlin (M) d. Matt Hedges (SW), pin 0:12.

285 Brandon Gatke (M) d. Jackson Gray (SW), pin 4:23.