Smith-Cotton got out to a quick start and had a big finish as the Tigers wrestling team scored a 43-30 West Central Conference dual meet win Tuesday night over Clinton in the S-C gym.
Kris Houk started the match with a pinfall win over the Cardinals’ Isaac Bayless at 120 pounds to get S-C out on the right foot. The Tigers later notched victories in the five heaviest weight classes, including pins by Noah Aziere (182, over Adrian Ransom), Jacob Sherrill (220, over Nick Smith) and Michael Laster (285, over Jesse Knisely).
“We started out at 120 tonight and Kris Houk got the opening win for us, which sets the tone,” said S-C Wrestling Head Coach Charlie McFail. “Then our heavyweights, from 170 up to 285, those five guys all got wins for us. … That kind of sealed it up for us.”
The teams went back and forth through the early matches before Barry Rivera (170) scored a 19-10 decision over Clinton’s Chance Huff to give the Tigers the momentum. Aziere’s pin was followed by the Tigers’ Izaiah Snyder (195) getting a 9-5 win over Tyler Grimes. Jake McFail also scored a pin for S-C at 152 pounds over Isaac Grunig.
“It was a tough dual and I thought it was going to be a tough dual,” Charlie McFail said. “Clinton’s got some very good kids and we tried to match up with them the best we could.”