Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Senior Joe Fahl waves to the crowd seconds before pinning his DeKalb opponent.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s senior wrestlers competed in the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium for the last time of their high school careers Wednesday night. The Eagles hosted DeKalb and lost, 46-27.
â€śIâ€™m really proud of how well the guys competed tonight,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp said. â€śWe were questioning if we were even going to win a match tonight.â€ť
Recently, the Eagles lost 60-10 to East Noble. DeKalb beat East Noble, leaving coaches, players and fans with expectations of a blow-out. The Barons opened the meet with a pin over Columbia Cityâ€™s Damon Blackburn in the 132-pound weight class, but Kyle Burns answered with a pin in the 138 class to make the score 6-6.
Burns was one of two freshman to beat a senior opponent. He, along with Tristan Anglin beat veteran opponents.
â€śOnce they got confidence, it was lights out,â€ť Culp said. â€śYou could see it in their face.â€ť
DeKalbâ€™s Connor Brummett won the 145 class by an 8-6 decision over Alan Trabert in overtime, followed by two more decision wins over Landon Hodges and Eric Shepperd to extend its lead to 22-6 with six of the 12 matches over.
Eagle Russell Hazelet won by a 5-4 decision to spark a 15-6 rally late in the meet, but it wasnâ€™t enough for the win, as Michael Wright and Kyle Egolf were pinned after a forfiet in the 106 class to mount an 18-0 run for the Barons.
Bryce Forester finished the last match of the night and his last match at Columbia City with a pin over DeKalbâ€™s Logan Williams with 54.5 left in the first period.
â€śOur seniors did well. Shepperd didnâ€™t have the match he wanted, but he was against a tough kid. Ricky came out and wrestled hard. Alex Hart got a 30-second pin-fall in the JV match and I think he surprised everyone with that,â€ť Culp said. â€śJoe Fahl has been on a hot streak lately.â€ť
Fahl won with a second-period pin in the heavyweight class. The Eagles are back in action this weekend at the Goshen Invitational.
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