Special to the Courier


Madison's wrestling squad completed Friday's first day of the annual Cub Classic with a 4-1 record - including a 46-30 win over South Dearborn - with the only loss coming 42-27 to Heritage Hills.

The Cubs opened the day with a 72-0 win over Shawe Memorial - of course the Hilltopper team consists of only one wrestler and that is first-year grappler Garrett Grimes - and then defeated Evansville Harrison 51-21, blew by Charlestown 53-9 before beating South Dearborn and losing to Heritage Hills to close the day.

The win over South Dearborn marks the first time in 10 years that Madison has been on the winning side in that matchup.

"I was really pleased with our effort today," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "We shifted our lineup for this meet and guys really rose to the occasion. (Going) 4-1 is a good accomplishment for a team that gives up 12 points in forfeits every match."

Six Cubs went undefeated on the opening day of the Cub Classic including Chayce Young, who was 5-0 at 126 pounds; Jordan Partee, 5-0 at 160; and Mitchell Sandlin, 5-0 splitting time at 195 and 220. Marcus Schoonover was 4-0 splitting time at 220 and heavyweight, Trey Geer was 1-0 at 170 and Corbin Hughes was 1-0 at 182.

"We really stepped up today as a team," Skinner noted. "These guys moved around to go where was best suited for the team."

Partee, ranked sixth in the state, continues to have a tremendous season while looking to add a Cub Classic title to the Jeff Classic title he claimed earlier this month when Madison placed third in that event in Jeffersonville.

Sandlin and Young also continued to build on the momentum from their runner-up finishes earlier at the Jeff Classic.

The 4-1 first day upped the Cubs' record to 10-4 on the season.

Madison will return to the mat this morning for day two of the event beginning at 9 a.m. The final round is scheduled to start around 2 p.m.

"Our goal coming in was to see if we could finish in the upper half of the meet," Skinner said. "We know we are a pretty good tourney team after Jeff but we have to be on point to compete in dual meets giving up those two weights."