By MICHAEL HUGHES
DENVER –– West Lincoln overwhelmed East Lincoln on Tuesday in Southern District 7 wrestling, outscoring the host Mustangs in the first of three dual matches on the night, 61-12. The Rebels then posted a second dual match win with a decisive 65-15 win over visiting Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy.
“All the boys wrestled hard,” said West Lincoln coach Butch Ross. “They all came in and wrestled hard, and did what they were supposed to do. And we won by a pretty good score.”
West Lincoln, now 3-2 in conference duals, recorded seven pins, including the last five individual matches against East Lincoln. The Rebels also had five decisions and one forfeit win while taking 11 of 13 matches in their first victory.
East Lincoln wrestler Moses Boyter registered a pin for the youthful Mustangs in the 145-pound class.
“We’re a young team, so we have to work really hard,” said East coach Derek Ashley. “We have a lot of freshmen. Two years from now we’re going to be pretty good.
“Our conference is very strong.”
Thomas Jefferson Academy was inserted into the mix almost at the last minute, moving the time up for the first match between the Mustangs and Rebels to a late afternoon start. The Rebels took on and defeated the Gryphons in the second match, followed by more dual competition between the Mustangs and TJA.
“This gives our kids some chances to wrestle people they don’t (usually see),” said Ashley, whose team celebrated Senior Night before the wrestling nightcap.
West Lincoln hosts Lincolnton on the mat this Friday as East Lincoln travels to face conference rival Bandys.