GRANVILLE — The Putnam County/Hall Co-Op wrestling squad took on double trouble in their first home meet of the season in the form of Sterling Newman Central Catholic and Amboy High Schools on Dec. 5.
While the home team was stalked by veteran wrestlers not making weight, PC/Hall still pulled out a double win, beating Newman Central Catholic 66-6 and Amboy in a much closer contest 36-34. Head coach Jerry Kreiwald noted that Newman was light on wrestlers due to the team still participating in fall football.
“The numbers were low due to the school just winning the tournament in state football,” he said. “So there would have been a lot better competition. We didn’t match up well against Amboy. We sat our team captain and four of our more experienced kids. It really looked like match wise that they really out wrestled us.”
What saved PC/Hall in the Amboy meet was that the team received four forfeits at the 120, 182, 195 and 220 weight classes. Both teams forfeited at the 106 and 133 weight classes.
Of the nine remaining weight classes, only PC/Hall’s Ben Garland won, pinning his Amboy opponent Broc Sorrells in the third period of his match at the 160 weight class. Garland was a little haggard after having bronchitis for the last two weeks and appreciated the win.
“It was good, I have not felt well for a while,” he said. “I practiced all week however so it was all good tonight.”
In the Sterling Newman meet, PC/Hall sent four wrestlers up against their opponents along with an exhibition match. Winning by pinfalls were R.J. Copland at 145 pounds, Cole Elliot at 170 pounds and Trevor Case in the heavyweight class.
The team received forfeits at seven weight classes. Both teams forfeited at the 106 and 113 weight classes.
The next meet for the Panthers will be at Seneca Saturday, where they will participate in the Irish Invitational.