GREENVILLE — The Versailles wrestling team beat Greenville 56-24 in a matchup of Darke County teams Thursday night in Greenville.
Both teams’ coaches left the match seeing some positives from their wrestlers while also seeing some things they have to continue working on.
“I’m not real happy about the three or four pins,” Versailles coach A.J. Bey said. “It’s kind of what we preached on the last couple weeks, is not getting pinned. But I thought the kids wrestled pretty hard.”
Even though his team lost, Greenville coach David Guillozet thought the Green Wave did pretty well, too.
“I was pretty happy with our kids for the most part,” he said. “There’s a few things we still need to work, but I’m not going to be too terrible for them tomorrow at practice.”
Versailles got a cushion early in the match as freshman Tanner Bey won the 113-pound match by forfeit, sophomore Nathan Henry won the 120-pound match by forfeit and freshman Lane Feltz won the 126-pound match by forfeit to make the score 18-0.
In the first action of the night, Versailles senior Matt Mangen, a state qualifier last year, pinned Greenville senior Ian Warner in 57 seconds in the 132-pound match to put Versailles up 24-0.
Versailles then added to its lead in the 138-pound match as sophomore Corey Dieringer beat Greenville senior Sam Barga by an 11-4 decision, making the score 27-0.
Greenville picked up its first points of the match in the 145-pound match as sophomore Daniel Cline pinned Versailles freshman Bo Bey in 3:25.7, cutting Versailles’ lead to 27-6.
In the 152-pound match, Versailles freshman Jonathan Moorman beat Greenville freshman Jeremy Eshbaugh by a technical fall to make the score 32-6.
In the 160-pound match, Greenville junior Alex VanHoose pinned Versailles junior Shane McGlinch in 55 seconds to make the score 32-12.
Greenville got its second consecutive pin in the 170-pound match as sophomore William Nibert pinned Versailles sophomore Brett Gigandet in 3:27.9, making the score 32-18.
Versailles got things going again in the 182-pound match as sophomore Kyle Gigandet pinned Greenville junior Brennan Gettinger 2:33 into the match for a 38-18 Versailles lead.
Then Versailles junior Kyle Dieringer, a state qualifier last year, pinned Greenville junior Gunnar Fustos in 5:50 in the 195-pound match for a 44-18 Versailles lead.
In the final contested match of the night, Greenville senior Kory Bannon pinned Versailles junior Ian Hiestand in 3:09.4 in the 220-pound match, making the score 44-24.
Versailles freshman Grant Keller in the 285-pound match and Versailles sophomore Damon Miller in the 106-pound match won by forfeit, making the final score 56-24.
Overall, Versailles won five of the nine matches that were contested plus won five by forfeit.
“But they didn’t wrestle some of our good kids, either,” coach Bey said. “They forfeited to some of our pretty good kids so that’s just the way it goes.”
Not having enough wrestlers didn’t help the Green Wave, Guillozet said, but they could have done better.
“I feel like we could have done better, but I’m probably going to say that every match,” he said.