By Rob Kiser
DAYTON — The positives far outweighed the negatives Wednesday night for the Piqua wrestling team.
Senior Andrew Bolin (145 pounds) reached a career milestone with wins 100 and 101, both by pin.
Brennan Hicks (160) made quick work of two opponents.
Sam Herndon (120) picked up two more wins.
And Nick Baker (132), Carlos Grabeman (170) and Brett Craft (220) both picked up pins.
And while forfeits prevented Piqua from winning either match in a double-dual at Stebbins, the Indians outpointed Tecumseh and Stebbins on the mat.
“We didn’t have one of our better wrestlers,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “So, we went out looking to get some quality wins.”
Piqua outpointed Tecumseh 24-9 in matches wrestled in a 45-36 loss and outpointed Stebbins 27-23 in matches wrestled in a 41-27 loss.
The highlight of the night was Bolin picking up his 100th win against Tecumseh, with a pin in 3:38.
He followed that with a pin in 3:53 against Stebbins.
“I had a chance for it (his 100th win) in the finals at Fairfield (Saturday),” Bolin said. “I tried to rush things and I made one bad move. Tonight, I just wanted to come out and dominate. I have been thinking about it (100 wins) since last summer. But, really tonight I wasn’t thinking much about it. It was nice to get a pin — it took longer than I thought it would, but that is OK.”
Kaye was happy to see Bolin put the milestone behind him.
“Now, he can focus on the big matches ahead and what he needs to do the rest of the season,” Kaye said. “It is always nice to see someone get 100 wins.”
Brennan Hicks spent just a little over two minutes on the mat, winning by pins against Tecumseh in 30 seconds and Stebbins in 1:46.
“Brennan (Hicks) was really dominant out there tonight,” Kaye said. “That was great to see.”
Herndon picked up a pin in 2:54 against Tecumseh and an 8-5 decision against Stebbins.
“Sam (Herndon) continues to wrestle well,” Kaye said.
Craft had a pin in 47 seconds against Tecumseh, while Grabeman had a pin in 2:21 against Stebbins. Baker recorded a pin in 30 seconds against Stebbins in the final match of the night.
“Those two guys (Brett Craft, Carlos Grabeman) have been working hard and are coming on,” Kaye said. “Brett has had a few wins here and there and that is Carlos’ first win. Nick (Baker) has been working on putting on weight to give him a better chance to compete at the weight he is at. It was good way to finish things.”
Grabeman and Matt Blankenship added forfeit wins against Tecumseh.
Piqua has a little break now before wrestling in the Willard Invitational Jan. 21 — where they will look for plenty more positives.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.