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SIDNEY — The Piqua wrestling team came within a few matches of surprising Sidney in a dual wrestled Wednesday at Sidney High School.
And in the end, Piqua coach Scott Kaye couldn’t have been happier with his team’s effort in a 42-29.
With three weights to go, Piqua led 29-27, before Sidney finished the match with a decision and two forfeits..
“Sidney is a good team and we have to come up here and wrestle them,” Kaye said. “A few matches go differently, we could have come out of here with a big win. But, to be right in there the whole match, I think it was good for the boys.”
With the matches opening at 195, Darien Tipp-Clemons moved up from his normal 182 weight class and recorded a pin in 2:28.
“That was out strategy going in,” Kaye said. “We were waiting to see who they (Sidney) were going to send out there. We thought we could get a win there and we did.”
Piqua’s other pin came from Brandon Gist (132), who dominated his match from the outset got the pin in 1:56.
“That could wrestled into Brandon’s (Gist) strengths,” Kaye said. “He wanted to muscle Brandon and Brandon has plenty of muscle.”
Brennan Hicks (138) won by forfeit, while Nick Baker (113) picked up a 22-6 win by technical fall.
“Nick (Baker) wanted to slow the match down and we wanted him to speed up,” Kaye said. “I don’t think Nick realized how much better he was than his opponent.”
Andrew Bolin (126) recorded an impressive 8-7 decision.
Bolin went up 8-4 midway through the third period and held on for the win.
“Andrew (Bolin) has been coming on,” Kaye said. “That was good for him to win a tight match like that.”
That match between once beaten Hunter Bryant (18-4)and Sidney’s Logan Calvert (24-4) didn’t happen at 145 pounds because Piqua needed wrestlers to move up a weight class.
But, it provided two interesting matches.
Bryant (152) took control in the second period and recorded a 9-2 win, while Cavlert had his hands full with Piqua’s Caje Kindred before breaking a 2-2 tie after two periods and winning 7-2.
“That kid Hunter (Bryant) wrestled kept moving away off the mat, but Hunter never got frustrated and got the win,” Kaye said. “I thought Caje (Kindred) wrestled a great match against Sidney’s best wrestler.”
Blake Wright (160) battled the whole match before losing 9-5, while Desmond Carter (220), Jake Hetzler (285), Mike Clark (106) and Jacob North (120) all lost by pin.
Piqua will be back in action Saturday at the Triad Invitational.