HOWARD — The Utica Redskins showed that they are, once again, among the best wrestling programs in the Mid-Buckeye Conference.
The Redskins fared best among area teams at Wednesday’s MBC quad event at East Knox High School, defeating the tough Centerburg Trojans, 48-27.
“We wrestled Centerburg two weeks ago in the Granville tournament and beat them by 10 — barely,” said Utica coach Mike Garven.
“That (loss to Utica) hurt because we tried switching some guys around against Utica versus how we wrestled them at the Granville Invitational,” said Centerburg coach Mike Linkenhoker. “Obviously, it didn’t work out to our best. We had to take a forfeit or two tonight, so we got a couple of forfeits on us and we didn’t get any on (Utica). That’s 12 big points.”
Earlier, the Trojans took down the host East Knox Bulldogs, 52-15.
Centerburg had made some adjustments, which worked in their defeat of the Bulldogs.
“We moved a couple of kids up and down in weight classes this time around,” said Linkenhoker. “We moved Jimmy Alexander down a weight class to 140. We switched he and Sean Gibson around. That worked out pretty decent. They both ended up getting wins for us (against East Knox).”
Northridge also defeated East Knox, 39-18.
It was a tough night for the Bulldogs, who are thin in a few spots as their young team struggles to find itself.
“We’re kind of young and inexperienced this year,” said East Knox coach Keith Kaufmann. “We’re low in numbers. I’m not making any excuses, that’s just the way it is. My young guys are just inexperienced. They make a lot of mistakes and they will overcome that with maturity.”