OTTAWA — The Central Christian College men's wrestling team travelled to Ottawa for a dual against the Ottawa University Braves on Wednesday.
The Tigers dropped the dual 42-11, but 18 of Ottawa's 42 points came because the Tigers didn't have a wrestler in three different weight classes and thus received a forfeit. Take those points out and the score was actually 24-11.
Central started the night in a 0-6 hole because they had to forfeit the 125 lb match, so the first actual match of the night was at 133 lbs. Central sent Terrell Banuelos to the mat against OU's Trevor Compton. Banuelos got the Tigers started off on the right foot, scoring four points in a major decision by defeating Compton 14-4.
The Tigers again had to forfeit at 141, but earned three points at 149 when Devontae Fitzgerald defeated Michael Aldrich by decision 10-4.
OU scored 12 more points with a forfeit win at 157 and a win by fall at 165. At 165, Central's JP Krussick was pinned by Ottawa's Micah Miller. David Taylor, wrestling at 174, stopped the bleeding by putting up four points by earning a 13-2 major decision over Bayley Porreca. The win was also the first of Taylor's collegiate career, which was made even more memorable because it happened on his birthday.
The Tigers lost the final three matches of the dual by a fall, Mason McCarty at 184, Reggie Thomas at 197, and Josh Snook at heavy weight.
Despite the loss, Central head coach Tom Carr was pleased with the way the guys competed.
"We wrestled well across the board even in the matches that didn't go our way,” Carr said. “We did a good job of being aware of what was going on in our matches and controlling the situations. It shows a lot of improvement from our last matches."
The Tigers will get back at it this weekend when they travel down to Dallas to compete in the Southwest Open. The Invitational gets underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday.