Filling only seven of the fourteen weight classes, the probability of winning dual matches against teams that fill every weight class are next to nil. The best you can truly hope for in those situations are to compete. Western Brown is the number one ranked division two wrestling team in the Southwest District. The Tigers traveled to Western Brown High School to simply be battle tested.
In the first match of the night McClain lost to the host Broncos by a final score of 66-15. In head to head competition it was 4 matches for the Broncos and 3 matches going the Tigers’ way. In round two, the New Richmond Lions would fill 13 weight classes to McClain’s 7. That left the final result in little doubt from the outset. McClain fought hard and had two big comeback pins by Keegan Rawlins (132) and Tanner Tite (126). Head to head, the Lions bested the Tigers 4 matches to 2.
Individually, leading the way for McClain was Rawlins goin 2-0. Several of McClain’s finest split even on the night at 1-1, including: Shane Huff (106), Tite, Jake Badgley (160), and Ethan Taylor (170). Putting up good fights but coming up short on the night were Sid Wardlow (138) and Tommy Johnson (145).
In junior varsity action, Aaron Kovach (126) and Jon Stroud (160) both split even on the night at 1-1 with all matches coming against Western Brown.
The Tigers look to improve their 0-2 start when they square off against league opponents Washington and Chillicothe at home on 12/17 starting at 6pm in South Central Ohio League action. The junior high will also be in action that night.