WASHINGTON — One look at the program for Thursday’s Southeast Conference wrestling match between Washington and Fort Madison may have provided a good guess at the outcome of the tilt.
On the Fort Madison ledger, there were 36 names listed with at least one at all 14 weight. There were just 11 names on the Washington list with four weights listed as open.
The result was a 63-18 result for the visiting Bloodhounds.
“They got a full lineup and we don’t,” Washington head coach Brent Van Weelden said. “They got a good team but we gave up some forfeits and we only got three wins. We have a couple of kids on concussion protocol, so it is what it is. I don’t know that that would’ve made a difference in this dual. It would be nice to have them back, that’s for sure.”
The score was already 21-0 when the Demons got their first points, a pin from Dillan Sanders in 1 minute, 27 seconds.
“The Fort Madison kid was fast on his feet, which I wasn’t really expecting at first,” Sanders said. “He got in on the shot but my defense countered it. I just put a lot of pressure on him and got him to his back.”
Sanders is ranked eighth at 145 pounds in Class 2A by the Predicament.
“Being ranked seems to put a target on my back, but I try not to think of it and just go out and wrestle my match,” he said. “I think it can intimidate some people, but I don’t look at it that way. I just go out and wrestle hard. I will say it does feel good once I win and prove a point.”
Ayden Frazer is also ranked by the Predicament and he is No. 10 at 160. He provided another pin for the Demons, winning his match in 1:43.
“Sanders and Frazer are good wrestlers for us and they went out and got pins, which is what we needed,” Van Weelden said. “But we couldn’t get enough to go along with that.”
The Demons got their third win, third pin and last win of the night when freshman Colley Billingsley scored a pin in 5:18 at 195 over junior Bloodhound Levi Lowney.
“We got a great match from Billingsley,” Van Weelden said. “He battled and battled and went hard to get the win. He doesn’t know what he’s doing sometimes but overall he has a lot of heart.”
Billingsley provided the highlight of the night when he picked up Lowney and threw him down.
“He got that throw early in his match and that gave him a lot of confidence,” Van Weelden said. “I have never seen that before. I’m not sure what that was. I will have to go back and take a look at that on video.”
Billingsley has a couple of junior varsity wins and some varsity wins.
“It is been a good start for him,” Van Weelden said.
The Demons need some more wrestlers to step up. there were just two junior varsity matches.
“A couple things did not go our way,” Van Weelden said. “I thought there was a couple of matches that we could’ve won early that would’ve made the dual a little closer. That didn’t happen, so we need to go back to the drawing board and work on a few things.”
Sanders is a senior for the Demons and a leader.
“Some of our guys got too tired tonight and didn’t get some wins that we thought we would,” Sanders said. “I thought Brandon Dickel and Kleese could’ve won their matches but it didn’t turn out that way for us. Fort Madison is good and we had a couple people that were sick.”
Dickel and Kleese were both pinned in the first round.
Washington wrestles Saturday at Highland’s tournament.