Glasgow Daily Times
Barren County High School’s wrestling team lost its match Tuesday against John Hardin High School with a final score of 41 to 35.
“It was close,” said Luke Pniewski, BCHS coach, adding that some of the teams members showed up and “wrestled beyond their expectations.”
“We had several win matches that I wasn't expecting. They show up in front of their mom and dad, and friends and family, and they want to put on a show, they wrestled a little bit harder, and they just put a few matches together that made it really close,” he said. “We were 1 pin away from getting a big win tonight.”
Highlights of the event included Cory Faller at 126, who got put on his back early, faught to get off his back, and came back and won by a pin.
“Robert Rich looked like he figured something out tonight,” Pniewski said. “He was in a close match, the score was going back and forth, and he got a reversal, ran a half, put his kid on his back, and pinned him, just like we do in practice.”
Rich works hard everday is starting to improve on his wrestling skills.
“He's finally started to figure some things out, and thats exciting because he's young, and has a few years to really improve so he can look at the state tournament in a few years,” Pniewski said.
Wesley Kinslow wrestled a state ranked opponent lost by a decision.
“He's getting better every time he steps on the mat,” Pniewski said. “He got caught with a couple of junk moves tonight, that made the score worse than it should have been.”
Zack Mesker showed up in his typical fashion, pinned his opponent pretty quickly.
“He's at the point where he can really win some matches, show up at region and place, and sneak up on some kids at the state tournament,” Pniewski said.
Michael Hargrove came back for his first match in a while. He had surgery on his knee early in the year, and although he looked a bit rusty, he came out on top in his match with a pin.
“Thats what happens when you're off the mat for a while. You get rusty, and it takes a few matches to get back into your rhythm,” Pniewski said. “He found a little rhythm in his match, and got a big pin for us.”
BCHS wrestles again on Feb. 8 and 9 at the region tournament at John Hardin High School in Hardin County.