Kapaun wrestlers beat shorthanded West
Kapauns 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 didnt look good, didnt look good at all from the first match to the last match, Dryden said. Even the matches we won we didnt look good. I thought we wrestled as bad as Ive seen us wrestle all year.
Dryden said Kapaun wrestled too defensively.
We didnt get any offense going, any flow going, and part of that is credit to West, they made us wrestle more defensive than Ive seen us wrestle, Dryden said. Theyve got to believe that no matter who they wrestle, if they do it right, its effective. We did enough to win, but we got help because West is missing some guys.
Wests Idris Elias set the tone for the Pioneers early, pinning Kapauns James Nichols in 55 seconds, followed by a third-round pin by Jonathan Fonseca at 113 to put West up 12-0. Then Kapauns 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.
Kapauns 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 Wests 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 Kapauns 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 ODonnell 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.