Taylor earns lone SCC win
Taylor, Neville earn lone SCC wins
Scotus Central Catholic wrestling wasn’t quite shut out, but the Shamrocks no doubt left Omaha on Friday frustrated with a 1-12 overall performance.
From another perspective however, qualifying six to the state tournament was probably ahead of schedule in the first place.
Junior Nick Tayloy and senior Jackson Neville both won first round consolations, lost later, then joined five teammates including Daniel Tworek, Landyn Maschmeier, Evan Sliva and Evan Hand on their way back to Columbus.
For three, it was the end of the line in terms of a varsity career. For three others, it was an experience that may pay dividends down the road.
“We probably overachieved for this season. I’m just happy qualified six. It’s good moving forward for the program,” coach DJ Brandenburg said. “It’s good having three returning state qualifiers for next year, unlike this last year when we had none.”
Taylor and Hand are both juniors. Maschmeier is a freshman.
All six members of the Scotus contingent lost by pin in Thursday’s opening session. It appeared that futile streak was headed for more mediocrity on Friday afternoon until Taylor stepped onto the mat and earned a 9-6 decision then Neville put his opponent on his back.
Taylor then owned the final 45 seconds scoring two takedowns while trailing 5-2. Neville scored a takedown with 23 seconds remaining in the first period and turned it into a pin.
Both were pinned in the next round, as were their four teammates earlier in the session.
“I thought it was a good experience for the boys to know what it’s like to come down to state,” Brandenburg said. “We had fun as a team and as coaches with the boys although the outcome wasn’t what we wanted it to be.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com