WAYLAND — Wrestling in smaller high schools has a numbers problem. Not every team can fill every weight. That leads to strategy from coaches about what weights to forfeit and what weights to wrestle.
Early in the season, coaches weigh whether it would seem prudent to wrestle every possible chance to get experience for the postseason or move the lineup around to take advantage of forfeits.
“You answer that and you’d be a millionaire,” New London coach Mark Chiri said. “The goal is to win the meet. That is the bottom line for me.”
Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union met the bottom line Thursday with a 48-27 win over WACO and a 54-22 win over New London. WACO defeated New London in the first dual of the night on the eighth tiebreaker.
The match was tied at 42-42 after nine forfeits among the 14 weights. A lengthy discussion, a reading and rereading of the rule book and an Internet verification produced the decision that WACO had the total first-points-scored edge.
“We want to get the kids matches, but if you are playing a football game against an all-state tackle, you don’t run at him to prove you are not scared,” Chiri said. “You run away from him to try to win the game.”
New London has Marcel Lopez wrestling at 106 pounds and he is ranked nationally. He didn’t get to wrestle.
“You wish everybody had 14 wrestlers,” WACO coach Seth Pugh said. “We are getting our numbers up, so we are going in the right direction.”
CWMU has Jarod Kadel ranked fourth at in Class 2A at 138. He won by fall in 3 minutes, 8 seconds against Jaden Williams of WACO, but wrestled at 145. He won in 47 seconds against New London’s Jardin Mufaume, again at 145.
“Sometimes we have to keep him honest,” CWMU coach Andy Milder said. “But he is what everyone wants to be. He is a good leader in the room and the kids are starting to follow. He works hard.”
Chance Colby got to wrestle once for CWMU and scored an 8-3 decision.
“He is a natural,” Milder said. “I wish we had had him all four years. He will win a lot of matches for us.”
Jose Cerezo got two wins for CWMU as well.
The match of the evening was at 126 between Anthony Robledo of WACO and Chase Wheeler of CWMU. Wheeler seemed to be in control, but as the first period wound down, Robledo was able to get a headlock and recorded a pin in 1:53.
“Robledo is just a freshman in his first year of wrestling,” said. “I was happy to see him win that.”
The next match was all action between CWMU’s Tucker Bright and WACO’s Jalen Collins with a Bright win by fall in 1:13.
“We didn’t get a whole lot of matches against New London, but Collins was solid,” said. “Our heavyweight wrestled well.”
Collins got a pin in just 16 seconds. Jaden Williams moved up to 145 and won by fall in 48 seconds.
“I liked the dual against Columbus because we actually got to wrestle matches,” Pugh said.
Landon Provino impressed Pugh with a first-round pin at 220.
“I was hoping a few guys would do better but it is just the second week of the season,” Pugh said. “We will get the sense of urgency and wrestle better by the end of January.”
WACO 43, New London 42
285 Kade McKinney (WACO) over Dylan Fisher (NL) (Fall 2:43) 106 Marcel Lopez (NL) (For.) 113 Larz Smith (WACO) (For.) 120 Jonah Clark (WACO) (For.) 126 Anthony Robledo (WACO) (For.) 132 Jalen Collins (WACO) over Branson Dewitt (NL) (Fall 0:16)
138 Ben Schlatter (WACO) (For.) 145 Jaden Williams (WACO) over Jardin Mufaume (NL) (Fall 0:48) 152 Currey Jacobs (NL) over Robert Frazer (WACO) (Fall 3:35) 160 Jordan Johnson (NL) (For.) 170 Gabe Carter (NL) (For.) 182 Gavin Holmes (NL) (For.) 195 Cameron Raines (NL) (For.) 220 Jaxon Allen (NL) over Landon Provino (WACO) (Fall 1:38)
Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union 54, New London 22
106 Marcel Lopez (NL) (For.) 113 Lane Scorpil (CWMU) (For.) 120 Garrett Palmer (CWMU) (For.) 126 Chase Wheeler (CWMU) (For.) 132 Tucker Bright (CWMU) over Branson Dewitt (NL) (Fall 0:14) 138 Cesar Neri (CWMU) (For.) 145 Jarod Kadel (CWMU) over Jardin Mufaume (NL) (Fall 0:47)
152 Jose Cerezo (CWMU) over Currey Jacobs (NL) (Dec 7-2) 160 Jordan Johnson (NL) over Noah Freeman (CWMU) (MD 11-3) 170 Gabe Carter (NL) over Robert Loveless (CWMU) (Fall 3:43) 182 Chance Colby (CWMU) over Gavin Holmes (NL) (Dec 8-3) 195 Luis Guerrero (CWMU) (For.) 220 Jaxon Allen (NL) (For.) 285 Chance Malone (CWMU) over Dylan Fisher (NL) (Fall 0:26)
C/W-MU 48, WACO 27
113 Larz Smith (WACO) over Lane Scorpil (CWMU) (Inj.) 120 Jonah Clark (WACO) over Garrett Palmer (Columbus/ Winfield-Mt. Union) (Dec 8-3) 126 Anthony Robledo (WACO) over Chase Wheeler (CWMU) (Fall 1:53) 132 Tucker Bright (CWMU) over Jalen Collins (WACO) (Fall 1:13) 138 Cesar Neri (CWMU) over Ben Schlatter (WACO) (Fall 3:57) 145 Jarod Kadel (CWMU) over Jaden Williams (WACO) (Fall 3:08)
152 Felix Solis (CWMU) over Robert Frazer (WACO) (Fall 3:16) 160 Jose Cerezo (CWMU) over Tomasso Maestrocci (WACO) (Fall 0:34) 170 Noah Freeman (CWMU) (For.) 182 Chance Colby (CWMU) (For.) 195 Luis Guerrero (CWMU) (For.) 220 Landon Provino (WACO) over Chance Malone (CWMU) (Fall 1:43) 285 Kade McKinney (WACO) (For.) 106 Double Forfeit