MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant wrestling team used four pins on Thursday night to take down rival Washington in a Southeast Conference showdown in the Panthers’ home gym.
The first Panther pin came from one of three Panther matmen celebrating senior night, when Tyler Raub defeated Washington’s Teegan Sulentich in the 152 pound match. The Panthers picked up pins from Chayse Irving at 170 pounds and Isaac Jerrel at 195 pounds, but the biggest response from the home crowd came in the 106 pound match when Mt. Pleasant’s Abby Blint, daughter of head coach Anthony Blint turned Washington’s Jack Kleese with just seconds left in the first period.
Blint’s pin stretched Mt. Pleasant’s lead to 36-24 with just three weight classes remaining.
“You’re coaching your daughter in a sport that’s supposed to be dominated by males, and she chooses to wrestle males, not just females. That’s awesome,” said Coach Blint. “She’s being a wrestler. The rankings came out this week where she’s ranked ninth, and she’s all excited about the girls state tournament next week.”
Blint’s pin came one match after Washington’s Brayden Hartman pinned Mt. Pleasant’s Samuel Carrasco at 285 pounds to bring the Demons within six points. Washington won five of the nine matches that were played on the mat, but were hurt by four forfeits.
Along with Hartman, Washington picked up a pin from Brandon Dickel at 138 pounds. Ayden Frazier won a 9-2 decision at 160 pounds. Curtis Stender grinded out a 5-4 decision at 182 poounds, and Matt Collett ended the nigth with a 9-1 major decision at 126 pounds.
“I thought it’d be a closer dual,” said Washington coach Brent Van Weelden. “I thought we had a chance to win this one, but we are open at a lot of weights, and so is Mt. Pleasant, so we’ve got to go take care of business in that matches that we wrestle.”
Coach Van Weelden pointed to the quartet of Mt. Pleasant pins as something he’d like to see change.
“We’ve got to keep those other matches close,” Van Weelden said. “Everybody who lost got pinned, so we’ve got to figure that out, stay off our back and try and wrestle hard for six minutes.”
It was Mt. Pleasant’s first conference win of the year, bringing the Panthers to 1-2 in the SEC with matches against Fairfield and Burlington remaining.
“It’s always nice to beat Washington, on pack the gym night and parents night, and for the seniors to go out on a winning note against Washington,” Coach Blint said. “Some of these seniors may have never won against Washington, so it was awfully good for the seniors, and the upper classmen, to come out and wrestle hard tonight.”
Washington is now 1-3 on the year, having picked up a dominant win over Fairfield earlier this year. The Demons still have to face Burlington next week.