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Madison goes 2-3 on first day of Classic
Courier Sports Staff
Saturday, December 29, 2012 3:55 AM
Madison's wrestlers finished the first day of the Cub Classic with a 2-3 record with close losses to several top teams.
The Cubs opened the day with a 61-0 shutout of Oldenburg then defeated Evansville Harrison 48-27. Madison then lost a close match to South Dearborn, 39-30, lost to Heritage Hills 52-28, then pulled off several upset wins to keep it close with Westfield before falling 42-30.
"We finished strong today. We still aren't to 100 percent yet but we are getting close," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "Giving up 18 points in forfeits really hurts us. If we fielded all the weights I feel we had a good shot a 5-0 today."
Sophomore Chayce Young (126 pounds) and 13th-ranked Jordan Partee (152) both finished day 5-0.
The highlight of Young's day was a 3-0 upset over Westfield's A.J. Belden, the 12th-ranked wrestler in his weight class.
"Chayce wrestled strong today and really controlled the tempo in his Westfield match," Skinner said. "He is starting to be a real threat in this area at 126 pounds."
Partee moved up to 160 pounds and scored a big 5-3 win over formerly ranked Jimmy Shaw of South Dearborn.
"Jordan bumped up for a better match and looked good on his feet," Skinner said.
Madison had five wrestlers finish with one loss on the day. No. 12 Mitchell Sandlin (195, 220) along with sophomores Trenton Dempler (120), Hunter Stivers (138, 145) and Tanner Young (160, 170), each went 4-1 while sophomore Tanner Geer (220) went 3-1.
Dempler lost to No. 11 Matthew Mattison of Evansville Harrison but also pulled of a upset win over by pin over 14th-ranked Dillon Eldred of Westfield.
Sandlin's lone loss on the day came to Jared Boehm of Heritage Hills, the No. 2 wrestler at 220 pounds. Boehm, who finished eighth in the state last year, outweighed Sandlin by 20 pounds.
"Sandlin has such a tremendous will to challenge himself," Skinner said. "He never backs down and could of taken the easy win in his weight but wanted to get pushed."
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