For coaches and wrestlers, the toughest thing about an all-day wrestling tournament has less to do with the matches themselves than the mental and physical toughness that comes with trying to remain focused all day long.
As he and his team hosted the Eagle Super-Six tournament Friday, South Putnam coach Todd Crosby was pleased with his team on both fronts.
"All day long, I thought our attitudes were real good," Crosby said. "Win or lose, the other team knew they'd been in a battle. I noticed that a lot of the other kids coming off, even if they'd beat us, they were more tired than our guys. That's something you want at this time of the season."
The Eagles were 3-2 on the day, defeating Cloverdale, Blue River Valley and Turkey Run and falling to Fountain Central and Charlestown.
"Seth Green was our individual champion. He went 5-0 on the day and just had an excellent day," Crosby said. "We had a lot of guys who had a very good day wrestling."
Another point of emphasis for any team in a long tourney is to stay loose between matches while focusing for the matches themselves. Crosby was happy with his team's approach to this problem.
"I don't get on them real hard because they know there's five matches their going to have throughout the day," Crosby said. "They joke around and keep each other light, and when the match starts, that's when you get serious and wrestle. They did a good job of that.
"I think they kept everything in perspective and knew what they had to do for the day," Crosby concluded.
Cloverdale was 2-3 on the day, with wins over Turkey Run and Blue River Valley. Lee Secrest was the Clovers' lone champion.
Further results were not available for Cloverdale at press time Friday.
The Clovers return to the mats when they visit South Vermillion at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. The Eagles travel to the Monrovia Invitational at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.
At South Putnam
Eagle Super Six
Team records -- Fountain Central 5-0, Charlestown 4-1, South Putnam 3-2, Cloverdale 3-2, Turkey Run 1-4, Blue River Valley 0-5
103 -- Dillon Scott, FC
112 -- Derek Jackson, FC
119 -- Daniel Foxworthy, TR
125 -- Jeff Stutridge, Cha
130 -- Brandon Balmer, Cha
135 -- Seth Green, SP
140 -- Aaron May, Cha
145 -- Tyler Newcomb, Cha
152 -- Mark Daugherty, Cha
160 -- Lee Secrest, Cl
171 -- Jared Payne, FC
189 -- Trent Spear, FC
215 -- Dakota Rice, FC
275 -- Derick Minick, FC
Individual Record (South Putnam only)*
South Putnam -- Brandon Vaughn (119) 2-3, Scott Daniels (119 JV) 2-0, Josh Olczak (125) 1-4, Antonio Hernandez (130) 4-1, Seth Green (135) 5-0, Jorge Cavell (135 JV) 1-1, D.J. Adams (140) 3-2, Devan Buis (140 JV) 1-0, Kolton Nelson (140 JV) 0-1, Brett Warren (140 JV) 0-1, Logan Kinney (145) 4-1, Tom Migliano (152) 2-3, Jon Spencer (160) 2-3, Josh Sanders (189) 4-1, Michael Migliano (215) 4-1, Ben Parker (215 JV) 2-0, Chris Hurst (285) 4-1, Andy Peyton (285 JV) 0-0
*Records were not available from Cloverdale at press time Friday.
Next match -- The Clovers return to the mats when they visit South Vermillion at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. The Eagles travel to the Monrovia Invitational at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.