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Kapaun wrestlers beat shorthanded West

Published Jan. 16 at 10:39 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 16 at 10:40 p.m.

Kapaun’s defensive wrestling Thursday might have resulted in a poor performance, according to coach Tim Dryden. But with three open weight classes for West, it was enough for Kapaun to win the dual 47-22.

“We just didn’t look good, didn’t look good at all from the first match to the last match,” Dryden said. “Even the matches we won we didn’t look good. I thought we wrestled as bad as I’ve seen us wrestle all year.”

Dryden said Kapaun wrestled too defensively.

“We didn’t get any offense going, any flow going, and part of that is credit to West, they made us wrestle more defensive than I’ve seen us wrestle,” Dryden said. “They’ve got to believe that no matter who they wrestle, if they do it right, it’s effective. We did enough to win, but we got help because West is missing some guys.”

West’s Idris Elias set the tone for the Pioneers early, pinning Kapaun’s James Nichols in 55 seconds, followed by a third-round pin by Jonathan Fonseca at 113 to put West up 12-0. Then Kapaun’s Parker Howell won his match by a technical fall at 120, the first of six consecutive Kapaun wins, including Patrick Burrus’ overtime decision over Marcus Phillips at 132.

Kapaun’s Jacob Mills, Luke Wilson and Branden Williams each got pins at their weight classes.

The last three weight classes were open for West, which kept a victory out of reach for the Pioneers. But West’s wrestlers made adjustments for the sake of the team. Kalin Collins and Jesse Oliver each wrestled up one weight class, and Daniel Kelly moved up from junior varsity to wrestle at 160.

“We had to make some adjustments in our lineup due to some guys being out for the dual,” West coach Kenny Taylor said.

Kelly finished with a major decision over Kapaun’s Brandon Le, while Collins defeated Nick Nece 9-4 at 170. Oliver earned a point for an escape in the last seconds of his match against Tom Hand to win 8-7.

“That shows a lot of team unity. Those guys made sacrifices,” Taylor said. “It shows a lot of dedication from those guys, because they could have wrestled their weight class and still could have won, but they did that for the team.”

106 — Elias, West, pinned Nichols 0:55. 113 — Fonseca, West, pinned O’Donnell 4:36. 120 — Howell, Kapaun, def. Stevens 18-2. 126 — J. Le, Kapaun, def. Johnson 7-1. 132 — Burrus, Kapaun, def. Phillips 2-1 (OT). 138 — Mills, Kapaun, pinned Pena 1:06. 145 — Wilson, Kapaun, pinned Hamilton 1:31. 152 — Wiliams, Kapaun, pinned Fiedler 3:55. 160 — Kelly, West, def. B. Le 18-10. 170 — Collins, West, def. Nece 9-4. 182 — Oliver, West, def. Hand 8-7. 195 — Bryant, Kapaun, by forfeit. 220 — Poore, Kapaun, by forfeit. 285 — Powers, Kapaun, by forfeit.