Piqua wrestlers finish night strong


Drop matches to Stebbins, Tecumseh

Andrew Bolin looks for a reversal against his 138 pound opponent from Stebbins.


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Piqua senior Jake Hetzler fights for control of his man in 285 pound wrestling competition.


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Piqua 132 pound wrestler Jimmy Perry controls his Stebbins opponent.


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Piqua’s Nick Baker gets a reversal in his 120 pound weight class match against Stebbins.


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Sam Herndon looks for back points in 113 pound action for the Indians.


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Tristin Hostetter scores back points against Stebbins in 126 pound weight class.


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By Rob Kiser

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The finish was much better than the start.

The Piqua wrestling team ran into two strong opponents last night at Garbry Gymnasium, losing to Stebbins 39-18 and Tecumseh 44-30.

But, after the loss to Stebbins — Piqua outpointed Tecumseh 30-8, with the Arrows scoring 36 points on forfeits.

“I think we reacted to some of the mistakes we made against Stebbins,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “I think we tightened things up, wrestled much stronger and were able to catch them in some mistakes.”

Nick Baker (120), Andrew Bolin (138) and Jake Hetzler all won by pins in the first period and Sam Herndon (113) had a second period pin.

But, the highlight of the night was Brennan Hicks (152) win by pin.

Hicks was trailing 7-2 going to the third period.

Choosing neutral he had a takedown and three-point nearfall to tie the match, before finishing it with a pin at 5:08.

“That just shows you, you never give up,” Kaye said. “Brennan (Hicks) caught the kid in a mistake and was able to take advantage of it.”

Tristan Hostetter (126) had lost 9-1 decision, while Jimmy Perry lost by tech. fall 18-2.

In the opening match against Stebbins, it was Hostetter and Perry who recorded Piqua’s only wins on the mat, while Hicks picked up a forfeit.

“Stebbins came out and wrestled strong all the way through the matches,” Kaye said. “There were some close matches, where we made mistakes and couldn’t recover.”

Hostetter had a pin in 1:39, while Perry recorded a pin in 1:15.

“Tristan (Hostetter) went out there and caught his guy in mistake,” Kaye said. “Jimmy (Perry) just wrestled a strong match.”

Bolin lost a 13-6 decision, while Herndon, Baker, and Hetzler all lost by pin.

Piqua was without Hunter Bryant (152), who is recovering from an injury.

“Hopefully, he will be back next week, but we are not sure,” Kaye said. “He has been bothered by it all year, so we want to make sure he is healthy before he comes back.”

Piqua will be back in action Saturday at the Caldwell Duals.

Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.

Andrew Bolin looks for a reversal against his 138 pound opponent from Stebbins.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_012116mju_wrestling_phs_andrewbolin.jpgAndrew Bolin looks for a reversal against his 138 pound opponent from Stebbins. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

Piqua senior Jake Hetzler fights for control of his man in 285 pound wrestling competition.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_012116mju_wrestling_phs_jakehetzler.jpgPiqua senior Jake Hetzler fights for control of his man in 285 pound wrestling competition. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

Piqua 132 pound wrestler Jimmy Perry controls his Stebbins opponent.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_012116mju_wrestling_phs_jimmyperry.jpgPiqua 132 pound wrestler Jimmy Perry controls his Stebbins opponent. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

Piqua’s Nick Baker gets a reversal in his 120 pound weight class match against Stebbins.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_012116mju_wrestling_phs_nickbaker.jpgPiqua’s Nick Baker gets a reversal in his 120 pound weight class match against Stebbins. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

Sam Herndon looks for back points in 113 pound action for the Indians.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_012116mju_wrestling_phs_samherndon.jpgSam Herndon looks for back points in 113 pound action for the Indians. Mike Ullery | Daily Call

Tristin Hostetter scores back points against Stebbins in 126 pound weight class.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_012116mju_wrestling_phs_tristanhostetter.jpgTristin Hostetter scores back points against Stebbins in 126 pound weight class. Mike Ullery | Daily Call
Drop matches to Stebbins, Tecumseh
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