Thompson wrestling takes down Hoover
Published 11:40 am Thursday, January 10, 2019
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor
The chase to 500 dual victories is on and nearing for the Thompson Warriors wrestling squad.
After winning three more dual matches in The Clash duals in Minnesota to start the new year, the Warriors picked up 495 wins before returning back home to take down the Hoover Buccaneers on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to pick up win number 496 to put them four away from that mark.
At The Clash, Thompson was able to take down North Scott Eldridge (Iowa) 36-28, New Hampton (Iowa) 47-21 and East Ridge (Minn.) 51-24, before coming back to Alabaster to take down Hoover by a dominant final of 60-12.
Against Hoover, the Warriors lost just three matches, and only one of which came by way of pin, while the other two were decisions.
In the 106-pound weight class, Yanni Vines was able to pick up a pin over Brody White for six points, while James Latona did the same thing in the 120-pound division making quick work of his opponent.
In the 113-pound match, Dylan Lesueur was able to put three points on the board with an easy 7-1 decision win against Nick Smith.
Chandler Akins continued an impressive season with a technical-fall win in the 126-pound division to pick up five more points for the Warriors, before Hoover got their first six points in the 132-pound weight class.
One weight class later, however, the Warriors were able to add six more points when Gabe Hixenbaugh pinned Connor Dubble in a hard-fought matchup.
Thompson then lost a close 12-9 division in the 145-pound division as Hoover’s Evan Warren edged out Benjamin Gallo.
The Warriors, however, were able to rely on another pin thanks to Josiah Campbell pinning Hoover’s Carson Frank pretty quickly, before Derek Hussey picked up a major-decision win in the 160-pound weight class.
Hoover’s final win of the night came in the 170-pound match as J.T. Foster was able to barely edge out Thompson’s Ashunti Perry in a tiebreaker by a final score of 7-6.
Thompson, however, was able to close out the final four weight classes with three pins and one forfeit to pick up 24 points and cap off the dominant effort.
Tyler Gilson (182), Alex Ward (195) and Isaac McAdams (220) all picked up pins, while Aubrey Glidewell was able to pick up six points via forfeit in the 285-pound weight class.