By Steven Kochersperger
After enjoying a few weeks break as a team the Mount Vernon Wildcat wrestling team was back in action Saturday traveling to Paoli to compete in the Paoli Invitational.
The Paoli invitational places teams into “pools” in which the teams wrestle each other. After pool play teams then enter brackets based on record. This format gives the wrestlers plenty of wrestling time and each team has the opportunity to shine.
Mount Vernon wrestled well in pool play beating Paoli High School and Mitchell before losing a matchup with New Castle High. The matchup with New Castle was a nailbiter that came down to the final few wrestling matches, but in the end New Castle was victorious over the Wildcats 39-30.
And after going 2-1 in pool play Saturday Mount Vernon was set to go in the upper bracket of teams that had fared well. The Wildcats wrestled their hearts out but just came up a bit short falling to Southridge and Jennings County in that bracket. “Overall we are ok with how things turned out over the weekend, “Wildcat coach Tim Alcorn said. ”We are coming off a break which was well needed. We have had sickness going around our team and have been battling injury and other things that made us to go to Paoli with a lineup that was not at full strength. I think we did well for the factors we were facing.”
Three wrestlers stood out on Saturday for the Wildcats going undefeated for the day. Julian Suar, Payton Whoberry, and Michael Rynkiewich all went 5-0 individually at Paoli.
“These three guys are really competing at a high level and are peaking at the right time of the year,” coach Alcorn said. “We have some other guys who are almost there as well, but these three really stand out right now.” Overall the Cats went 2-3 at the Paoli Invitational. And with just a few weeks until the Big Eight Conference Championships and Sectionals the Wildcats look to be getting ready at the right time of year.
This week the Wildcats wrestle in three different meets. The team will host North High School Tuesday at 6 p.m., then travel to Union County Kentucky on Thursday, and finish the week with traveling to Tell City to compete in a six team duel.
By Steven Kochersperger
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