Raiders fall in Mount Vernon dualDecember 16, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
MOUNT VERNON - Southridge fell in a dual Wednesday night at Pocket Athletic Conference rival Mount Vernon (Posey), 55-18.
Things started well for the Raiders when sophomore Xavier Horton bested sophomore Jarret Dye of the Wildcats by a decision in the 126-pound class, and Southridge got more offense in when junior Cayden Andrews pinned fellow junior Nolan Fischer in the 132-pound class.
"Those are a couple of my key guys, and I do have a high expectation of them, and I thought for us, in the particular situation we were in tonight, I felt like that was a good place for us to start," Southridge coach Kurt Collins said. "I expected them to win, and they expect to win themselves."
However, the pendulum began to swing when the Wildcats scored a couple of pins in subsequent matches on their Senior Night. Collins noted that the Wildcats are a tough team, and he added that it made a difference when Mount Vernon had many of its key wrestlers, while Southridge had some of its key wrestlers out.
The Raiders did get back on the winning side when junior Carson Niehaus scored a 5-2 decision victory against Mount Vernon sophomore Colton Lippe in the 152-pound class to give Southridge three wins in its first five matches.
"Just for the record, that was Carson's first match of the year," Collins said. "He's a fighter, he's a gamer and again, he's one of those guys that I expect a lot out of. I've known him his whole, entire life. I went to school with his dad (Mike). We wrestled together and he's a legacy in my mind. And again, I expect him to go out there and fight for every second and every inch."
However, the tide permanently shifted to the Wildcats after that when Mount Vernon won eight of the final nine matches, and the only win Southridge got was freshman Cameron Fogle picking up a forfeit win in the 106-pound class. Collins felt the odds were against Southridge when he pitted some of his young, inexperienced wrestlers against older, more experienced grapplers from Mount Vernon.
The Raiders and Wildcats will see each other in January during the Pocket Athletic Conference championships; and while Collins knows Mount Vernon will bring it just like it did on Wednesday, he also believes Southridge will be ready to bring it to make for a different story in January.
Southridge will go back to practice Thursday to get ready for the Evansville Harrison duals Friday and Saturday. He's hoping the Raiders will improve on their bottom positioning and start getting out from underneath. Collins said they need do a lot of moving while on the bottom because they can't move and stop because things didn't go their way.
"We got to get off the bottom, and we've got to get to our takedowns," Collins said about the Harrison duals. "We can't continue to wait on them to shoot and make a mistake, or do their takedown and make a mistake for us to capitalize. We got to be offensive."
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