By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — The Piqua wrestling team almost pulled off the impossible against Sidney.
Despite forfeiting five weight class, the Indians lost just 42-36 to the Jackets in the GWOC North team’s annual dual.
Piqua won six of the eight matches wrestled.
“We have a good group of boys,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “All we can do is go out and win the matches we wrestle.”
Piqua rallied from a 30-0 deficit to take a 36-30 lead before forfeiting the final two matches of the night.
Mario Macon (182) made his varsity debut and lost by pin to Seth Vonderhuevel and Jake Hetzler (285) lost by pin to Jac Beatty.
That, combined with forfeits to Javon Purk (195), Jake Clark (220) and Jace Taylor (106) put Sidney up 30-0.
Piqua then won the next seven matches to take the lead.
Sam Herndon (113), Nick Baker (120), Tristan Hostetter (126), Andrew Bolin (138) and Hunter Bryant (152) all improved to 3-0.
Herndon won by pin over Phillip Bertsch in 5:05, Bryant had a forfeit, Baker recorded a 21-6 technical fall over Spencer Hoaglin, Hostetter had an 18-4 major decision over Jonathan Perrin and Bolin added a decision 12-6 over Allen Tangeman.
“We want to keep those guys rolling,” Kaye said. “We still have some work to do though. We need some work on our conditioning in the third period.”
Jesse Ceyler (132) pinned Dean Eppley in 1:15 and Brennan Hicks (145) pinned Damian Clason in 3:12.
“Those guys have been working hard,” Kaye said. “It was nice to see them bounced back after a tough week last week.”
Sidney closed the match with forfeit wins by Will Wallace (160) and Caleb Straman (170).
The Indians have now won 16 of 21 matches wrestled in three duals this season.
Piqua will be back in action Dec. 29 and 30 at the West Jefferson Invitational.
“The kids have put in a lot of hard work in,” Kaye said. “It will be good to see how we do in a tournament and see where we are at.”
Continuing to focus on what they control — all the matches they wrestle on the mat.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.