Tiger Wrestling splits triangular
The East Butler wrestling team competed in a triangular on Dec. 18 against Cross County/Osceola and High Plains in which the Tigers split results.
In the first dual of the evening, East Butler squared off against Cross County/Osceola.
Each team gave up multiple forfeits due to open weight classes, but the Tigers enjoyed an extra 18 points more than the Bulldogs because of three more forfeit wins.
Only four actual matches were wrestled. East Butler lost three of the four by pinfall.
The lone victory came when Breckin Ratkovec pinned Channer Marsden in the first period at 145 pounds.
The Tigers lost the dual 37-36 due to tiebreaker criteria. Cross County/Osceola earned the extra point because of a 3-1 edge in head-to-head matches.
“Overall I thought it was going to come down to a few matches,” said head coach Doug Glasshoff. “I knew we were pretty even with Cross County as far as counting forfeits and stuff.”
In the second dual, East Butler wrestled High Plains. This time around, High Plains earned a free 18 points due to forfeits.
There were seven matches contested on the mat, and the Tigers went 5-2 in those seven matches picking up all five victories by pin.
“High Plains was the same idea,” Glasshoff said. “We knew it was going to come down to the matches. We had a kid (Josh Spatz) against a quality kid. He was able to not get stuck and that ended up winning the dual for us. Sometimes effort like that can make a big difference.
“If he would have just given up and given up the pin we would have tied the dual, and it would have been a different story. It just an up and down thing.”
One of the key victories was Colby Jelinek defeating Javier Marino in the second period.
“Colby Jelinek wrestled 120,” said Glasshoff. “He had a good match. That probably ended up winning the dual. That was one of those matches with two new guys against each other and he was able to get a pin, so I was happy with the way he wrestled.”
Colten Ratkovec beat Jason Whitt in just 19 seconds, Kyle Heise pinned Jacob Wachtel in the first period, Trevin Brecka defeated Allie Burke in 15 seconds and Breckin Ratkovec recorded the pin over Jarrett Parsons in 53 seconds.
However, Spatz avoiding a pin against Clay Church, and instead losing by major decision, gave up four team points instead of six.
The final score ended up 42-40 in favor of East Butler.
“Overall I think we’re happy with the effort. They’ve been working hard,” Glasshoff said. “In practice, they’re pushing each other. We’re getting better at that. We’re young. We have a lot of freshman and sophomores. It’s just getting used to that high school mentality.
“You have to push it every day to get there because everyone else is working hard too. It’s just that idea of you have to win in the practice room. You don’t win them here in the dual, you win them in the practice room.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net