Not many times does a team lose decisively and still see the best in the situation. That is what happened as the South Putnam Eagles wrestling team was defeated by Plainfield, 71-4, Wednesday night.
"I thought we wrestled very well tonight," coach Scott Miller said after the meet. "We faced them early in the season and lost 84-0. We had matches that were decisions and could have gone either way, so this is an improvement."
South only managed one victory on the night, with Josh Sanders winning by decision, 8-0 at 171.
Sanders handled his opponent from the start and continued to methodically work his way into position to get the win.
"I thought Josh wrested very well tonight. He started slow and strong early in the season, but he's really come on since the Super 6." Smith said.
At 215, Chrish Hurst went toe-to-toe with Plainfield's Joe Angle in a match that went down to the last seconds of the third period. Hurst gained the lead in the second period when he scored a takedown and grabbed the lead at 7-5. He almost had his opponent pinned in the closing seconds of the second period but the buzzer sounded. In the third, Hurst held the lead until 32 seconds remaining in the match, when Angle scored a reverse and took the match by decision 8-7.
Even though the score was well in favor of the other team, South continued to wrestle strong and never gave up.
At the start, South showed its grit as Jacob Parrish worked his opponent hard and ended up causing an injury timeout, when Trevor Morgan seemed to injure his right side. With his ribs hurting, Morgan of Plainfield, watched the clock and kept Parrish in a position away from his ribs and away from the victory.
On notable absence on the Eagles squad was Jon Parker, who was sidelined with an ear ailment and other small injuries.
"We decided to have him sit out and have him ready for the meet this weekend," Miller said.
Miller noted how he and the team were looking forward to the championships Saturday but also pointed our his squad needed to maintain its focus.
"We need to work on our intensity and improving our technique," he said.
South Putnam will next be competing in the WCC championship this Saturday at 9 a.m.
At South Putnam
103 - Brandon Vaughn lost by fall 18.5 (1)
112 - Forfeit
119 - Forfeit
125 - Eric Hunter lost by fall 35.3
130 - Antonio Hernandez lost by fall 37.5 (2)
135 - Logan Kinney lost by decision 15-4
140 - B.J. Adam lost by fall 1:25 (2)
145 - Forfeit
152 - Jeremiah Parrish lost by fall 1:05 (2)
160 - Jacob Parrish lost by decision 10-0
171 - Josh Sanders won by decision 8-0
189 - Hunter Edwards lost by fall 56.6 (1)
215 - Chrish Hurst lost by decision 8-7
Heavyweight - Andy Peyton lost by fall 1:49 (1)
Next meet - South Putnam will be competing in the WCC championship this Saturday at 9 a.m.