By Rob Kiser
The Lehman wrestling team had a winning performance on the mat — even if it wasn’t necessarily reflected on the scoreboard.
While it is nearly impossible for the Cavaliers to get a dual win with six wrestlers out of 14 weight classes— they almost pulled that off Wednesday as well in a quad meet at Arcanum.
While losing to Tri-County North 45-12 and Arcanum 30-28, the Cavaliers won six of 11 matches on the mat.
“With our situation, one of the things I look at it is winning more matches than we lose,” Lehman coach Cameron Haller said.
And while the Cavaliers started with a strong Tri-County North team, they came up just two points short of a win against Arcanum, winning four of the five matches wrestled.
“There are so many little things that you can look at,” Haller said. “What if our 182 (Jace Chamberlain) had been able to wrestle. What if a few things had gone different in the matches.”
Ethan Knapke (160) and Brandon Simmons (170) both went 2-0.
Knapke had a pin in 1:35 against Tri-County North and a 13-4 major decision against Arcanum, while Brandon Simmons had two pins — in 3:27 against Tri-County North and in 3:25 against Arcanum.
“Ethan (Knapke) had a great night tonight,” Haller said. “Brandon (Simmons) really wrestled well. And both of them were wrestling up a weight class from where they are going to wrestle the rest of the year.”
Wyatt Long went 1-1 on the night.
He lost a 195-pound match to Tri-County North 5-2. He was leading 2-0 and gave up a five-point move in the second period.
Long bounced back with a win by pin in 1:35 in a 220-pound match against Arcanum.
“That (one mistake) was all it took (against Tri-County North),” Haller said. “He just wasn’t able to score on the kid. He came back with a strong match to finish the night.”
Alvaro Barrera (132) and Ethan Derryberry (106) both went 1-1.
Barrera lost by pin in 5:19 to Tri-County North, before winning by pin in 44 seconds against Arcanum.
Derryberry lost by pin in 1:05 against Tri-County North, before winning by forfeit.
“Alvaro (Barrera) came back strong,” Haller said. “He wrestled a good match against Arcanum. Ethan (Derryberry) was sick before Christmas and is battling a knee injury.”
Noah Young (145) showed some promise.
After losing by pin in 3:09 against Tri-County North, he was leading Arcanum 9-4 before getting pinned in 5:17.
“He is a young wrestler,” Haller said. “He got a half-year’s experience out there last year and he is still learning.”
Lehman’s two junior high wrestlers had some success as well.
Dominic Casto (110) lost 6-3 against Tri-County North, lost an exhibition match to Milton-Union by pin and finished by winning a 6-4 overtime thriller against Arcanum.
John Edwards won a 128-pound match by tech fall against Tri-County North, lost by pin to Milton-Union in an exhibition match and won by pin in 48 seconds against Arcanum.
The high school team will be back in action Saturday at the Plymouth Invitational — looking for more victories on the mat.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.