CHURUBUSCO — They may stand as only two wrestlers on a team of 30 but Churubusco’s Braxton Siddons and Zack Armstead provide the talent and leadership of a majority.
“They really grew into their role as leaders this year,” Churubusco head coach Sam Riesen said. “They weren’t very vocal when they came up but they really have stepped up as vocal leaders and come along to lead the team emotionally.”
As the Eagles only two undefeated wrestlers remaining, Siddons and Armstead also happen to be Churubusco’s only two seniors.
Thursday night, one final home match saw the duo improve upon that unblemished record.
Five pinfall wins and four forfeits had ’Busco come away on senior night with a 66-18 victory over Westview.
“We wrestled well tonight,” Riesen noted. “We’ve seen it in the last few matches. Our sophomore guys are coming along well and getting us some wins. We have a couple spots to clean up but overall we wrestled well.”
On senior night what better way to open the match than with a senior.
Braxton Siddons took a 14-0 mark up a weight class from his regular 189 division to the 215 level.
After building up a 7-1 lead after one period, Siddons opened a lead Churubusco never relinquished pinning Westview’s Dylan Miller in the second period.
“He just naturally has the ability,” Riesen said of Siddons. “We’re really seeing the work ethic come out of him this year. He’s the hardest worker we have in the room.
“He bumped up today and wrestled a tough kid and really took it to him.”
Pinfall wins from heavyweight Gunner Barnhart and 125-pounder Austin Boggess built Churubusco’s lead up to 24-12 early on.
After Westview closed the gap to 24-18 with a pinfall win at 130 pounds, one of the Eagles biggest wins of the night came at 135 pounds.
Junior Adam Boggess picked up his 10th win of the season against Austin Lewton of Westview.
According to Riesen, Adam Boggess faced one of Westview’s toughest wrestlers pinning him with 29 seconds left in the first period.
“Adam Boggess’s win was really big,” Riesen stated. “That was probably their best wrestler and he is pretty talented.”
The other half of the ’Busco senior class didn’t see action. Armstead’s match at 140 pounds was forfeited with Westview surrendering points at 112, 140, 145 and 189.
Both seniors improved to 15-0 after the 66-18 final with big tests ahead. Armstead and Siddons lead the Eagles into the Carroll Super Duals Saturday having a strong start to the season.
“Each year our seniors have stepped up for us,” Riesen noted. “Right now they’re 30-0 and it’s pretty remarkable to have two guys remain undefeated midway through the season.
“Hopefully, they can continue it into Feb ruary and down to Conseco Fieldhouse.”