BIG WIN: Madison freshman Raymond Clutter throws Batesville’s Garrett Watkins to the mat (above) for the clinching two-point takedown in Clutter’s 4-2 overtime win Thursday in Madison and the pair hug (below) afterwards. The win was the capper on a strong season opener for the Cubs, who won 48-27. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
BIG WIN: Madison freshman Raymond Clutter throws Batesville’s Garrett Watkins to the mat (above) for the clinching two-point takedown in Clutter’s 4-2 overtime win Thursday in Madison and the pair hug (below) afterwards. The win was the capper on a strong season opener for the Cubs, who won 48-27. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison's wrestlers picked up five pins and took advantage of two forfeits to beat Batesville 48-27 in the Cubs' season opener Thursday at Connor K. Salm Gymnasium.

Chayce Young, Hunter Stivers, Cameron Napier, Tanner Young and Tanner Geer each won their bouts by pins, Jordan Partee and Ramond Clutter picked up victories by decision, and Trenton Dempler and Alex Moore got wins by forfeit to run away with the 21-point win.

It was the opposite result of what happened when the two teams met a year ago in their season opener, a match won by Batesville by 20 points.

"Batesville has a good program and they beat us by 20 last year and I didn't let the guys forget it," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "I really thought we should have won that match a year ago and I harped on that this week."

The Cubs won the match despite a rare loss by Mitchell Sandlin at 195 pounds. The 15th-ranked Sandlin was seemingly in control of the Bulldogs' Jarett Hooten and held a 7-1 lead when Hooten made a quick move and pinned the Cub star just before the first period ended.

It was a mistake that a senior like Sandlin rarely makes and Skinner said he probably won't make it again.

"The Batesville kid went to semistate last year and he's a good wrestler but Mitchell was in control of that match. He just got caught off-guard," Skinner said. "I told (Sandlin) that at least it happened early in the year and not in the tournament. I think a loss like that can really light a fire under a guy."

Madison's other star, senior Jordan Partee, also struggled in his match before pulling away for a 12-6 win over Neal Nobbe at 160 pounds. The No. 4 ranked wrestler in the state, Partee used two quick takedowns late in the third period to seal the win.

"Jordan has that tendency sometimes. He starts off slow then has a couple of quick takedowns like he did tonight," Skinner said.

The rest of the Cubs took care of business. Other than forfeits at 106 and 120 pounds, Madison lost only two of the other 10 bouts.

Chayce Young pinned Nicholas Schneider in just 10 seconds at 126 pounds, Stivers pinned Chris Schene in 1:11 at 145, Napier needed just 45 seconds to pin Xavier King at 152, Tanner Young needed nearly all three periods before pinning Will Amberger in 5:18 at 170 and Geer pinned Zach Strub in 1:24 at 220.

"A bunch of the guys really stepped up and wrestled well," Skinner said. "I was real happy with Cameron Napier. He earned the captain's spot then really wrestled well on the mat."

The longest match of the night was the final bount where freshman Raymond Clutter needed overtime to beat Garrett Watkins 4-2 in the heavyweight division. Clutter used a quick move early in the overtime session to take down Watkins and seize the win.

"Dustin Bentz was out there coaching like we were still wrestling," Skinner said of his assistant coach, a former standout heavyweight at Madison. "Dustin is in charge of our heavier weights and Clutter, Geer and Moore are his responsibility. He did a good job and he was proud."

Madison returns to action today when the Cubs host a quad dual meet at Salm Gymnasium starting at 6 p.m. with Greensburg and Switzerland County as well as Shawe's Garrett Grimes in the Hilltoppers' first-ever meet.

Madison will open the meet against Shawe while Switzerland faces Greensburg. Madison will then take on Greensburg and will close the night against Switzerland.