“We had some good effort out there tonight, we’re starting to move in the right direction. We’ve still got some things we need to work on, but overall I’m pleased,” said Morris. “I thought we took the fight to them as opposed to some of our matches, where we waited around and waited around.”
Austin Gregory (132) and Joseph Munoz (138) started off for the Mustangs with pins that took a total of 82 seconds. Tyrus Hamrick earned a technical fall at 145 in front of Ryan Hager (152) and Lawrence Cotton (160) mat slappers that put the Mustangs on top 29-0.
A Walker Valley forfeit at 170 gave Alcoa its first points of the night, but Billy Raulston made up the deficit with a pin at 182 before the Mustangs leapt out front 41-6 after an Alcoa forfeit at 195. Xzayvier Beckingham (220) won a major decision for Walker Valley and Zach Miller closed out the night for the Mustangs with a pin at 285.
“There was more intensity. That’s what we’ve been stressing since the early part of the year. We’ve had some tough scheduling, but we didn’t feel we were wrestling with the intensity we needed to wrestle with. Tonight was another step in that direction. We are going to keep building on that,” said Morris.
“We had a couple of guys out of the lineup tonight with weight issues and injuries. But we are going to be fine. In the second half we’re going to have a few guys moving down a weight, and we’ll have some new faces in.”