Madison's Partee, Sandlin go unbeaten at Columbus Invite
Monday, December 10, 2012 10:00 AM
Madison's wrestling team secured two wins despite forfeiting four to five weight classes all day at the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday.
The Cubs opened the day with a 54-13 loss to ninth-ranked New Palestine, a 58-19 loss to host Columbus North and a 54-18 loss to Edgewood. Madison then rebounded to defeat Brown County 42-39 and Shelbyville 48-30.
"When you spot teams 24-30 points in forfeits its hard to win duals," Madison coach Tyson Skinner noted. "Individually we had some good results on the day. Before forfeits we were pretty even with New Pal."
Madison had two wrestlers finish the day undefeated. Junior Jordan Partee went 5-0 at 152 pounds while classmate Mitchell Sandlin was 4-0 at 195.
"Both these guys are leaders on the mat. Once they become leaders off the mat we will be much better for it," Skinner said. "Partee was in complete control all day. Today he made it look effortless. He has some strong competition coming up at Jeff Classic next so he needs to be on top of his game.
"Mitchell was suffering a little from a nagging injury so we sat him for one match but he didn't lose a beat when he came back," Skinner added. "He has 12 pins in his 16 wins."
Sophomore Chayce Young also had a strong performance by going 4-1. His lone loss came to the 11th-ranked wrestler in the state.
"Chayce has really been stepping into a more dominant role for us over the past couple weeks," Skinner said. "He has shown glimpses of what he can be if he brings the right attitude to the table"
The Cubs return to action this Friday and Saturday when they travel to Jeffersonville for the Jeff Classic. Partee has been seeded number one at 152 pounds for the tournament and Sandlin is the No. 2 seed at 195 pounds. Madison has nine wrestlers who earned top eight seeds in the 16-team field.
"We have already shown that our team right now is a good tourney team. This tourney is a strong one and has several top flight wrestlers," Skinner said. "We need to come ready to battle."