MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets wrestlers scored three falls as they went on to pummel the visiting Ohio Capital Conference rival Delaware Pacers, 63-6, on Thursday evening.
“It was a great win,” said Mount Vernon coach John Brown. “We didn’t wrestle well last Thursday. I wasn’t real happy with our performance so we worked hard this week on coming out and try to do what we do in practice and see practice transfer to the mat. It was nice that we saw a lot of that. We saw people moving on the whistle. We saw people taking the first shot — deeper penetration shots. Like I told the guys, ‘Even better than the win was how we wrestled.’ It was a nice step in the right direction.”
Alex Gamble (145 pounds) gave the Jackets their highlight of the night, scoring a nail-biting 7-6 win against a very good Michael Kalista — one of the Pacers team captains. He had never wrestled Kalista before.
“I was trying my best,” said Gamble. “The first time (Kalista) got a takedown, I thought, ‘Oh man, here we go,’ but I eventually got a couple of takedowns and some good shots and then, I got that escape at the end.”
“Even before he went out there, I said, ‘Alex, we’ve won every match by shooting,’” said Brown. “That was the key to him winning the match. That and gutting it out at the end.”
Josiah Burney of the Jackets was a 8-7 winner at 152 pounds against Dillon Harris.
“Once again, Josiah came back by shooting,” said Brown.
Mount Vernon’s Josh Wright (189 pounds) won by a fall, defeating Delaware’s Tyler Daugherty.
“It was tough,” said Wright. “(Daugherty) was very strong. He had great moves on him. I know that for a fact because I wrestled him before. I was planning on taking more shots and beating him up top.”
“Josh Wright did a great job,” said Brown. “He wrestled well on his feet. He shot well. He took the guy down. On top, he did a nice job. There was a time when (Daugherty) was riding him and he went out of bounds. I said, ‘Hey Josh, you’ve got to move on the whistle.’ He moved right on whistle. It’s just one of those things we’ve been working on in practice.”
Brandon Ruhl got a fall for the Jackets against Skylar Helmeci in the 119 pound class.
Jackets’ heavyweight Dane Cullen scored a fall against Delaware’s Colton Christner.
“With Dane, we’ve been working hard on trying to sweep,” said Brown. “He went out there and got three really nice sweeps.”
Ceth Miller looked like a winner in the 189-pound class, until Delaware’s Ben Williams turned the tables and scored the Pacers’ only fall of the evening.
“That’s going to happen,” said Brown. “That’s one of those things you’ve got to learn. You never win a match until it’s over. He got caught on his back and couldn’t get off.”
Also, Karsten Hauger, Mount Vernon’s 103-pounder, scored a 3-0 victory over Wyatt Davis and Dylan Pauley took the 112-pound bout over Delaware’s Seth McCurdy, 8-3.