North Crawford-Seneca wrestlers Noah Brown and Jared Grimsled both received medals at the Bi-State Classic last weekend.
The Bi-State Classic is a 54-team, two-day tournament. Some familiar with the high school wrestling scene say the annual tournament is as tough or tougher than the state tournament with wrestlers competing against all three divisions in wrestling.
It is a goal for most wrestlers to make it into the second day and being among the top 16 from each weight class who make it to the second day. Brown and grimsled pushed it a bit farther and took home the 12th and 11th place medals.
Brown probably wrestled his best tournament to date. He was 4-4 in the tournament. Noah’s initial goal for the beginning of the wrestling season was to just win a match, but he has been working hard in the practice room and it is showing when he is out on the mat by placing twelfth in one of the area’s biggest tournaments.
Grimsled did not meet his goals for the tournament this year, but he also wrestled well.
“Jared had a couple of matches that he wishes he could take back, but I believe he took home some valuable lessons on what he needs to fix to make it to state,” coach Eric Hady said after the tournament.
Grimsled went 4-3 in the tournament and put together a solid eleventh place match.
Kaleb Davenport and Zach Stluka both wrestled well in the tournament. Both wrestlers showed marked improvements from the beginning of the season.
“The two matches Kaleb lost, he scrapped with the opponent but came up short,” Hady noted. “Zach was wrestling well and ended up getting caught, which ended his day.
As a whole, the team wrestled well and showed a lot of progress for a young team. Jared Grimsled 4-3, Noah Brown 4-4, Kaleb Davenport 3-2, Zach Stluka 2-2, Ian Joy 1-2;Tyler Finnell, Corey Spencer, Vitor Araujo, and Tullan Baird 0-2.
Next up for the North Crawford-Seneca wrestling team is the Lee Griffin Tournament at the Kickapoo High School, Saturday, Jan. 5, followed by a dual meet at DeSoto High School, Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.