Even with the 30 free points, Mustangs head coach Al Morris was happy to see the intensity Walker Valley coaches have been looking for from his grapplers.
“I was much pleased with our intensity. That is something we have been talking about all year,” said Morris said after the 63-9 victory. “Ooltewah, I know they are young right now, fought us. They fought us in all the matches. What I like about our team is they responded and fought back.”
The Mustangs walked away with pins from Arrie Bramley at 126 pounds, Joseph Munoz at 132, Caleb Langford at 138, Lawrence Cotton at 145, Ryan Hager at 152 and Billy Raulston at 195.
The Owls earned their points total with a decision at 160 pounds and a pin at 182.
“We did a good job on top as far as breaking our opponents down and turning them. We’ve still got to get better at pinning people. We had so many opportunities to end matches a lot earlier. We need to learn to take advantage of that,” said Morris.
The Mustangs were also tantalizingly close to a couple of major decisions and technical falls. The battles eventually paid off with even better results, with the Mustangs earning pins in the two bouts.
“They (Ooltewah) knew what the score was and did a good job of staying in position and keeping us working,” Morris said of the near misses that turned out for the best. “We will improve in that area as well.”
Sam Dworak picked up the only decision for Walker Valley, in a 7-0 battle with Ooltewah’s Jacob Keitch.
“Overall the intensity was there. We did have a couple of guys show we may need a little more conditioning. But, some of that could be due to the fact we’ve had some illness going through the team,” said Morris. “I’m sure that factors in, but it was a really great effort, a total team effort. We wrestled hard with the intensity we were expecting.”
MUSTANGS 69, OWLS 9
(Match started at 152 pounds)
106 — Drake Haney (WV) win by forfeit; 113 – Logan Smith (WV) win by forfeit; 120 — Jacob Stiles (WV) win by forfeit; 126 — Arrie Bramlett (WV) pinned Ethan Jenzen (O), 0:45; 132 — Jozeph Muzon (WV) pinned Josh Brooks (O), 3:16; 138 — Caleb Langford (WV) pinned Matt Lemlons (O), 5:22; 145 — Lawrence Cotton (WV), pinned Tyler Reed (O), 3:30; 152 — Ryan Hager (WV) pinned Colby Frazier (O), 1:38; 160 — Jordan Russell (O), dec. Qy’Re Brown (WV), 10-9; 170 — Chase Gregory (WV) win by forfeit; 182 — Jordan Zink (O) pinned Chaz Fulford (WV), 1:53; 195 — Billy Raulston (WV) pinned Mack Fariley (O), 4:30; 220 — Zach Miller (WV) win by forfeit; 285 — Sam Dworak (WV) dec. Jacob Keitch (O), 7-0.