Rockies dominate Concord, 68-6
PLYMOUTH — Two weeks ago, Plymouth’s wrestling team just missed out on a Rochester Invitational championship due to a little trouble finishing.
No such trouble at Thursday night’s Northern Lakes Conference dual meet closer with Concord.
The Rockies looked strong at the finish. Of course they weren’t too shabby at the start, or anywhere in between for that matter.
Plymouth flat out dominated the Minutemen from Nolan Wright’s opening major decision at 132 to Collin Meister’s second period pinfall victory at 126 in the final match of the evening, with seven other wins by fall in the intervening matches. The result was a 68-6 rout of Concord at home at The Rock.
“The kids have worked hard since the Rochester tournament,” said Plymouth head wrestling coach Bob Read. “We know that if we don’t get better, then we’re out of the hunt for the sectional tournament. We want to be conference champions, we want to win the sectional tournament, and in order to do that we have to continue to get better.”
With the win, the Rockies run the table with a 7-0 finish in the dual meet portion of NLC competition. Of course the real prize is still up for grabs at the tournament two weeks hence, where the team hopes to win back-to-back conference crowns after ending a 30-year drought last season.
“We have kids that are not really good athletes that have worked themselves into being darned good wrestlers,” said Read. “They could be average wrestlers at best but because they’ve worked like crazy — they’ve worked in the offseason, they’ve worked during the season — they’ve worked themselves into being pretty good wrestlers. So I’m really proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
“We’re 7-0 now, and what we have to do is win the conference tournament. Everybody in the conference has some kids. It’s been good to get a win out of everybody from those conference meets. We’re going to go at it at the tournament.”
If Thursday’s NLC round robin closer was any indication, the Rockies should be just fine.
Meister, Drew Dodson, Corey Wallace, Aaron Houin, John Stillson, Jeremy Splix, Nolan Wright and Eric Humphrey all recorded pinfall victories — Houin and Dodson both moved to 26-1 in the process — and Wright and Vicente Vasquez both earned major decision wins.
Even in Plymouth’s two losses by Cody Allmon at 120 and Michael Garrity at 152, Read saw positives.
“The Allmon kid at 120, that was by far their best kid that they have; we knew that going in. We didn’t close the gap quick enough, we’re working on that, but we’re getting better. I think earlier in the season the kid would have beaten us by a major probably, so to keep it that close… Cody’s coming; he’s had a tough season, he’s wrestled some tough kids.
“Michael is working on his offense. It’s coming; it’s not quite there, but within the next week, I don’t know, as much as he’s been working on it, I think he’s going to look different at the conference tournament.”
The Rockies move to 23-1 overall with a 7-0 NLC mark after Thursday’s lopsided win, while Concord slips to 1-5 in the conference. Plymouth’s next big test comes in a dual meet with Northern State Conference frontrunner New Prairie next Tuesday.
“Next Tuesday is going to be probably one of the toughest meets that we’ve wrestled all year long with New Prairie. They had a chance to wrestle in the team state tournament this year, and last night I think they were 26-1, so they’re pretty darned good.”
• PLYMOUTH 68, CONCORD 6
106: Eric Humphrey (P) pin Daniel Lyons :43; 113: Osman Solis (P) by FF; 120: Delawerence Gayfield © dec Cody Allmon 7-0; 126: Collin Meister (P) pin Erick Castro 2:55; 132: Triston Rodriguez (P) by FF; 138: Nolan Wright (P) maj. dec. Seth Shroyer 13-3; 145: Bodie Neidig (P) pin Micah Dudley 1:50; 152: Leandro Rodriguez © dec. Michael Garrity 8-6; 160: Jeremy Splix (P) pin Josh Stover 5:59; 170: John Stillson (P) pin Derek Chapa 2:22; 182: Aaron Houin (P) pin Brandon Alley 2:16; 195: Vicente Vasquez (P) maj. dec. Carlos Jiminez 17-5; 220: Corey Wallace (P) pin Hector Billegas 3:51; 285: Drew Dodson (P) pin Christian Diaz 2:43.
Records: Plymouth 23-1 (7-0 NLC), Concord (1-5 NLC).