Despite the 66-4 loss to Versailles last week on Senior Night, the Tippecanoe wrestling team is focused on one thing as the postseason has arrived. They want to rebuild and continue with the success of the Red Devils wrestling teams of the past.
“We are in the stages of rebuilding,” said Tippecanoe wrestling coach Nick Petro. “We are developing the young men, and reinforcing technique is very important and attitude is important.”
“We are developing a dynasty and we are a united program. This group is working to build a standard and expectation of success. Everyone is on board.”
The Red Devils saw their lone victory come from Caleb Blake to no surprise, as the Red Devils grappler is having a solid season. He defeated Kyle Weubker 15-4 and he is looking to make some noise in the post season at 138 pounds.
“Caleb has really progressed into a very good wrestler,” Petro said. “He is strong and his technique is good. Caleb is riding his momentum, and is peaking at right time. Will see what he can accomplish.”
Another wrestler who is progressing during his first year of varsity wrestling is freshman Blake Ballard at 113. Despite an 8-5 loss to Nick Monnier last week, the newcomer is turning heads every night.
“He has developed a lot this season, and is starting to improve his technique and develop his style,” Petro said. “(Tonight) was a good indication where he is at.”
The night was about honoring the seniors for Tipp, and Petro was impressed at several things on how the three wrestlers have progressed.
“It was a good ending to the season, and we got to gage where the kids are at going into the postseason,” he said. A lot of the men demonstrated improvements. The attitude has gone up for the athletes. They are wanting to win and give their best effort. They wanted to further changes of succeeding in the post season.”
The three seniors honored for the Red Devils were John Hegyi at 152, Cory Hunt at 160 and Grant Carlson at 220.
“Those three, when I arrived here, were three young men who were inexperienced and developed last three years,” Petro said. “They had some ups and downs, but as a whole they are performing well.”
“John suffered injury this year but is making up ground. Cory started to developed as a wrestler, and is showing commitment to the program. Grant is also developing every day, and wants to achieve his goal of state podium.”
The sectionals begin this Friday, and the Red Devils will be in the Graham 2 Sectionals, with the top four advancing to the districts.