HOWARD — Two years ago, it wasn’t possible.
Danville and East Knox couldn’t meet in a wrestling dual because, after all, there was no Danville wrestling program. Yet on Wednesday, there they were — two old, new rivals — squaring off on the mats at East Knox High School in a Mid-Buckeye Conference quad.
It was another chance for former East Knox wrestling coach Keith Kauffman to face his former squad as the coach of the Blue Devils, who defeated East Knox, 47-12, in their feature matchup.
“There’s still some kids on this team that were here when I was the coach,” said Kauffman. “They’re always your wrestlers — even when you leave a program — it’s good to see them out here. Some still call me, ‘Coach.’”
The Devils’ win included three pins. Andy Hammons pinned Blake Mooreland of the Bulldogs at 2:58 of their 113-pound bout. Kyle Mickley (145) pinned Rikki Myers of East Knox at 3:47. Kyle Boston (160) pinned East Knox’s Ramsey McCarthey at 1:43. Additionally, Danville’s Dan Mickley (120) scored a 15-0 technical fall on Jeremy Fletcher.
Sullivan Howe (152) scored for the Bulldogs, pinning Kyle Hawk of Danville in 21 seconds.
Danville’s young program continues to grow in numbers and skill level.
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