The Batesville High School wrestling team met their match at the Rushville 5-Way on Saturday, but were still able to pick up three more victories.
The Bulldogs suffered a 58-12 loss to the Connersville Spartans, Victories for the second-place Bulldogs came against Centerville (58-21), Rushville (46-34) and Tri (70-3).
“Connersville is a very good team and they proved that again on Saturday,” BHS coach Mick Reindorf commented. “They will be the favorite to win our sectional.”
The Bulldogs have two wrestlers undefeated to this point in the season – both posted 4-0 records at Rushville.
John Moody (106-lbs) and Jarett Hooten (195-lbs) improved to 15-0 with the four wins.
Hooten recorded three pins and tallied four takedowns.
“Jarett is off to an unbelievable start,” Reindorf commented. “He has recorded a pin in every match this season, but one ... that was a win by forfeit.”
Moody pinned a pair of opponents and was credited with eight takedowns in his four victories.
“John has great strength for a 106-pounder and wrestles with a lot of intensity,” Reindorf commented. “He works hard in practice and in the weight room.”
Ben Westerfeld (126-lbs) moved to 14-1 on the season with three victories, including one pin and five takedowns.
Zach Mears (132-lbs), Matthew Linkel (160-lbs) and Will Amberger (170-lbs) were also 3-1 on the day.
Two-time winners included Ray Simmons, Cody Haakinson, Neal Nobbe, Daniel Howard, Zach Strub and Garrett Watkins.
The Bulldogs improved to 13-2 on the season.
“We’re pretty solid in every weight class,”Reindorf commented. “In fact, nobody as a losing record at this point.
“It seems like someone different steps up each mach and we’ve come together as a team,” he added.