The Warsaw Tiger Wrestling team hosted Tippecanoe Valley on Wednesday night in their final home event of the season. Warsaw won 9 of the 12 head-to-head matches to secure a 49-24 victory.
Valley opened the team score with a hard-fought decision in the 138 pound class to take a 3-0 lead.
Warsaw responded right away as Jacob Bass earned a late second-period pin to put the Tigers ahead 6-3.
In the 152 pound matchup, Valley got huge points as a late takedown to tie the match became a pin for the visitors and potentially opened the door for a flurry of team points.
Warsaw again responded though as Brandon Estepp shook off an early 2-0 deficit to win by pin and put Warsaw back in front by a score of 12-9.
Jayton Brock found early success in the 170 pound match and finished the deal with a pin in the first period. The match was a huge turning point as the point margin ran to 9 – the closest it would get for the rest of the night.
Riding the momentum of the prior match, Angel Mendez picked up a big first win at 182 by a score of 7-0.
At 195, Brock Hueber was a winner by disqualification after his opponent was hit for stalling 5 times in the match and running the lead out to 27-9 for the Tigers.
Valley picked up a forfeit and 220 and at 106, but between those – Griffin Reed snatched a second-period pin at 285.
Warsaw lost a scrappy battle at 113 pounds as Valley closed the gap to 33-24, but Warsaw would go on to win the last three matches of the night.
At 120, Andrew Ross made quick work of his opponent by earning a 52-second pin.
Isaiah Owens got back in the win column with a hard-fought, but well controlled match at 126 pounds. Owens was a 14-6 winner by major decision to put Warsaw ahead 43-24.
Brock Hogenson was impressive as he took control of his 132 pound opponent before he closed out the night for Warsaw with another pin.
Four Junior Varsity matches took place prior to the start of the contest.
Dominic Albano was the lone victor for the Tigers – winning by pin.
Warsaw’s record now stands at 12-7 with just two dual contests left in the season.
The Tigers will now turn their attention to the prestigious Al Smith Invitational in Mishawaka at the end of the month.