The Johnson-Williams Cougars traveled to Daniel Morgan middle school to wrestle their NVJL district opponent Tuesday night. A large crowd of J-WMS fans were in attendance, but the Cougars fell 27 – 84. The Cougars gave up 48 points due to forfeits, twelve more than usual due to missing one grappler due to illness, and one to other issues.
Robert Pryor found the first win of the night and his first win of the season at the 75 pound weight class, in the evening’s most exciting match with an almost unheard of score of 21 to 14. Bayne Gordon was up next in the 85 pound group; he quickly got a takedown, and threw in legs going for a pin with such force his opponent suffered an injury default, giving J-WMS six more points. Craig Genda found victory in the next match (90 pounds) with an impressive first period fall. The Cougars dropped the next four matches, but unbeaten Joey Mainello broke the dry spell with another first period pin at the 125 pound weight, followed immediately by Brian Wallace with a second period pin, and the last win of the evening; Brian scored against a very talented opponent who just could not match Wallace’s pace and conditioning.
The Cougars are a young team with some holes in the line-up, but they are getting experience and improving quickly. The team will test their skills next by traveling to Front Royal this Saturday for the second annual Warren County Middle School Invitational to compete with several hundred other grapplers.