Wrestling Edges out Trinity 36-35
Last night’s match was a thriller. The Tigers originally trailed 18-0 to start the dual. With just two matches remaining, they were down 11 points. Nathan Haddad and Dominic Lampe both earned pins to win a combined 12 points–the maximum amount possible for two matches.
Haddad’s match was especially thrilling, as it was expected to be much closer than Lampe’s. He was dominating his opponent but unable pin him. With under 30 seconds to go, he finally got the pin and sent the Rage Cage wild.
Over fifty students attended the game. They were very loud and brought a lot of energy to the close meet.
The Tigers knew coming into the dual that they would need to make a comeback to win: the Shamrocks have a strong heavyweight squad this year. (Heavyweights are the first to wrestle.) Cobe Calhoun, Chris Beets and Joe Green struggled against Trinity’s first three wrestlers.
St. X’s strength lies in some of their lighter wrestlers, so they were able to chip away at the lead.
Daniel Sheridan was the first Tiger to put points on the board. His win earned him three points. Konner Kraeszig (spelled “Connor” in an earlier tweet–I’m sorry) added four points to the Tigers’ tally.
Austin Cook was St. X’s first pin. The following match, Michael Beets recorded the team’s second pin. Their pins brought the Tigers within two.
After Kaden Darbro and Chase Patton took losses, Dallas Miles contributed five points with a tech fall. At that point, the Tigers had dropped to seven behind Trinity.
Calieb Ray battled his man fiercely, leading for part of the match, yet he couldn’t finish the job.
The rest is history. Haddad and Lampe finished strong, and the Tigers won by just a point.