The Cougars' wrestling team fell Tuesday night to the Tri-West Bruins, 61-15, at home in a contest that went beyond the numbers.
"We had some kids out sick," coach Kenny Kerns said after the meet. " But that doesn't take away from how well Tri-West wrestled."
North Putnam only managed to win three matches outright and had one forfeit. North's wins came at 130 where Kenny Quisenberry opened the night with a 9-6 decision against the Bruins' Jared Alexander. Quisenberry scored an early takedown and coupled that with a nice reverse in the second period to help build his score.
North also managed a victory in the 189 class as Jake Stigall recorded a pin against his Bruin opponent with :29 seconds remaining on the clock. Emmett Boruff received a forfeit which helped the Cougars stay relatively close early in the meet.
B.J. Brewer closed out North' scoring in the 140 as he defeated Tri-West's Ethan Flater with a 4-0 decision.
Tri-West mixed strength with technical prowess to shut the Cougars down. Winners for Tri-West were A.J. Thompson at 135, Justin Meyer at 119, and Jake Smith at 130.
A high point for Tri-West came as Ryan Kolb recorded a technical fall against North Putnam's Chris Humphries 16-0 in the 135 weight class.
"We just got our tails kicked" Kerns commented after the contest. Coach Kerns address his concern over his teams inconsistency.
"We just don't know which team will show up from night to night," he said.
Receiving forfeits for the Bruins were Andrew Mockerman at 103, Quaye Bealman at 112, Andrew Thomas at 160 and Jake Bowman in the 152.
The most exciting match of the night came in the 125 class. Mike Pryor of North Putnam and Doug Shelton of Tri-West came to the mat like a couple of pitbulls with each not giving an inch. Pryor showed such heart, grit and determination during the match, most NPHS fans forgot about the score for a while.
Pryor, who is in his first year of wrestling, refused to give in to an opponent that was very technically sound and just when you thought the match was over, Pryor found another way to contort his position and give him an advantage. Enough of an advantage that he almost pinned his Bruin opponent in the second period. In the end, Shelton walked away with the victory on the mat, but Pryor walked away winning the hearts of the Cougar fans in attendance.
"Mike (Pryor) is doing a good job. This is only his first year and he continues to improve week by week" Kerns said.
North Putnam will be traveling to Cloverdale this Thursday to compete in the Putnam County Tournament at 5:30 p.m.
At North Putnam
Tri-West 61, North Putnam 15
103 - Andrew Mocherman (T) - forfeit
112 - Quaye Bealmear (T) - forfeit
119 - Justin Meyer (T) dec. C.J. Lofton (NP)
125 - Doug Shelton (T) major dec. Pryor (NP)
130 - Jake Smith (T) pin James Mangus (NP)
130 - Kenny Quisenberry (NP) dec. Jared Alexander (T)
135 - A.J. Thompson (T) pin Bren Donaldson (NP)
135 - Ryan Kolb (T) tech. fall Chris Humphries (NP)
140 - B.J. Brewer (NP) dec. Ethan Flater (T)
145 - Kyle Whitmore (T) - forfeit
152 - Jake Bowman (T) - forfeit
160 - Andrew Thomas (T) - forfeit
189 - Jake Stigall (NP) pin Drake Dalberry (T)
285 - Emmett Boruff - forfeit
Next Meet - The Cougars will travel to Cloverdale to compete in the Putnam County Tournament this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.