The Batesville High School wrestling team traveled to Jennings County and were defeated 62-15.

The Bulldogs fell behind early due to forfeits in four weight classes and the Panthers won seven of the remaining 10 matches to seal the victory. Batesville was without seniors Mark Kruezman and Robert Waaser, which added to the task.

"Jennings County has a great program with over 50 kids involved and an excellent coaching staff led by head coach Howard Jones,” BHS coach Mick Reindorf commented. “For us to compete at that level we need to be at full strength and not having two of our top wrestlers available was just to much to overcome.”

Matt Krieger remained unbeaten in the 285 pound weight class. The BHS senior needed just 23 seconds to pick up his fourth win. Jack Flodder (125 lb.) pinned Joe Reitman in 4:59, while the other Bulldog victory came in the 145 pound class where Jeff Puente scored with :23 remaining to pick up the victory by a score of 8-5.

"We were close in three or four other matches so it really was a better match than the final score would indicate,” Reindorf commented.

Batesville’s reserves fared much better winning four of the five contests. BJ Deal, Brett Pfautz and Doug Kerker were all winners by pin. Mark Kruezman’s pin of varsity Panther Cecil Fordice was considered a reserve match when the Bulldog (215-lbs.) weighed in slightly over the limit.

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