The Warsaw Wrestling team hosted the Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers on Tuesday night in the Tiger Den. The rematch from the season’s opening weekend, saw the Tigers win on tie-breaker criteria of most matches won by a narrow 7-6 margin.
Brandon Estepp picked up big team points to start the night with a third-period pin in the 160 pound class.
Memorial quickly closed the gap with a pin of their own at 170.
At 182, Brock Hueber controlled the action for most of the match before a late flurry of scrambles opened the scoring and he took home an 8-6 decision.
Warsaw and Memorial traded forfeits at 195 and 220 to put the score at 15-12 for the Tigers.
At 285, Memorial picked up another pinfall to take their first lead.
A double forfeit at 106 and a Memorial forfeit to Jose Martinez at 113 put the Tigers back on top at 21-18.
At 120 pounds, Andrew Ross applied punishing pressure to his opponent to pick up a tough 4-1 win and 3 more team points.
The 126 matchup started to swing the momentum towards Memorial as they picked up another pin to tie the team score.
Brock Hogenson collected a forfeit at 132 for the Tigers, but the Chargers came back with a pin at 138 to even the score again.
At 145 pounds, Warsaw picked up their last team points of the evening in a wild match. Jacob Bass found himself in a back-and-forth matchup before catching a huge pin for the Tigers late in the second period. The win put Warsaw in the lead at 36-30.
Elkhart Memorial found the pin they needed to even the score in the final match of the night at 152 pounds, but Warsaw was awarded the bonus point on final tie-breaker criteria.
The win pushes Warsaw’s record to 6-5 and 1-1 in the NLC. The varsity team will be back in action next Thursday as they host Plymouth in another NLC dual. Warsaw had four wrestlers compete in JV action prior to the varsity action. Kyler Denney at 285 was the lone victor for the JV – picking up an impressive win by pin. Warsaw’s JV will travel to Concord on Saturday to compete in their annual JV tournament.