The McClain High School varsity wrestling team recently competed in their first dual-meet competition of the season, taking their record to 3-2 for the season at the 10-team Jimmy Mac Duals in Bellefontaine.
Canal Winchester won by a hair in the first round after a 39-39 tie with the Tigers. CW won by the eighth criteria, which is the highest number of first points scored in the matches wrestled.
Round two gave MHS their first win of the season when they doubled up on Dayton Northridge with a final score of 48-24.
The MHS boys wrestled Mechanicsburg and St. Paris Graham Black in the third and fourth rounds of the tournament. In round three, the Tigers jumped out to a 47-0 lead on Mechanicsburg and held on strong with a dominant 47-12 victory.
Round four saw the Tigers face St. Paris Graham Black. It was a close match all the way to the end, with Graham holding on for a 34-33 victory. Keegan Rawlins (145) gained a victory match with a dominant double-boot power half-pin over Stickley of Graham.
MHS entered the final round of the tournament with a 2-2 record for the season, squaring off against Springfield High School. McClain again doubled up on their opponent with an identical score as they had in the second round. The Tigers defeated the Wildcats 48-24, bringing them to a 3-2 record for the season.
Individually, five Tigers went 5-0 on the day: Quinton Smith (113), Dawson Immel (126), Conner Morarity (132), Keegan Rawlins (145) and Phil Waters (160). Ethan Taylor (182) was 4-1. Matthew Milnes (120) and Kyler Trefz (170) both went 3-2. Kai Borrelli (220/285) went 2-3, and Milnes got his first varsity victory.
“This is a very young team, with seven of our nine weight classes being filled by underclassmen, and only one senior,” said McClain wrestling coach Shane Paul. “There are going to be large learning curves for most of these guys. There are going to be some victories, and hopefully lots of learning throughout the season. This day was a good day for them as they looked very good on the mat. We took the invitation to this tournament for the chance to wrestle both Mechanicsbug and St. Paris Graham Black. We were fortunate enough to get both of these schools in the matchups today. We won one of those matchups and took Graham down to the wire and lost by one point, so it was good to get to wrestle them and compete. Forfeits was our downfall today. We are used to that, though. It takes tough young men to step onto the mat, not everyone has that. You are what your record says you are, so right now we are 3-2 and a winning team. It will take a lot more learning and hard work to keep it that way.”
The SCOL tri-matches start Thursday, Dec. 15 when the defending champion Miami Trace Panthers and the East Clinton Astros both come to Greenfield McClain High School. The junior high teams will be competing simultaneously on side by side mats. The matches start at 6 p.m.