The meat grinder of a schedule for No. 10 Plainview continued Tuesday night as the Indians wrestling team faced the No. 1 ranked Tuttle Tigers from the Plainview Activity Center.
Plainview got out to an early 12-6 lead, but Tuttle’s stacked squad, which boasts seven nationally-ranked wrestlers, eventually pulled away, winning 56-12.
Judging by the way they competed, Plainview coach Rocky Atencio said his kids had no reason to hang their heads following the loss.
“If we got air in our body we’re going to wrestle hard,” he said. “We’re not intimidated by anybody, but when you wrestle a team like Tuttle there are no breaks.”
“It’s just hard to compete when you’re facing a stud at every weight,” Atencio said. “They have two or three of the top wrestlers in the country and seven nationally ranked kids.”
Tuttle has won nine consecutive team state championship titles.
Atencio added getting mat time with teams like Tuttle will pay dividends down the road.
“I’m not disappointed,” he said. “There’s a reason we schedule teams like Tuttle. It’s to get better.”
In the first match, wrestling at 106 pounds, Plainview’s Jhobany Sanchez put the Indians on the scoreboard.
After building up a 4-1 match-lead, Sanchez pinned Tuttle’s Nathan Dickerson with 20 seconds remaining in the
Following Sanchez’s pinfall victory, Tuttle won by forfeit at the 112 pound weight class, evening the score at 6-6.
Plainview’s Jaxson Roney pushed the Indians back ahead wrestling at 120 pounds. Roney and Tuttle’s Garrett Steidley went the distance, wrestling for three rounds.
After a scoreless first round, Roney took a 2-0 lead after a take down and later sealed the win in the third round to win by a score of 5-0.
Nick Vercelli, wrestling at 126 pounds, extended Plainview’s lead from 9-6 to 12-6 after besting Tuttle’s Dalton Bordick.
After being tied at two a piece in the second round, Vercelli slammed Bordick to the mat with 53 seconds left, winning the match with a 5-2 advantage.
But from that point on it was all Tuttle.
Tuttle’s Logan Farrell defeated Dalton Miller at 132 pounds, winning via technical fall by a score of 19-4 to cut Plainview’s lead to 12-11.
Then after a forfeiting at 138 pounds, Tuttle took the lead and never looked back.
Plainview’s Keegan Reid was defeated by Luke Sorber at 145 pounds.
Sorber won via technical fall by a score of 19-4 in the first round.
Down 22-12, Plainview’s Andrew Vercelli nearly got the Indians back on the scoreboard, but eventually fell in a tightly contested match by a score of 2-1 in the third round.
At 160 pounds, Plainview’s Trevor Bass fell to Tuttle’s Gage Leard. After trailing 2-0 after the first round, Bass brought the score to 2-1 in the second with an escape. But in the third round Leard was able to pull away, winning 9-1.
With a forfeit at 170 pounds, Tuttle took a 35-12 lead.
After weighing in at 170.4 pounds, Jacob Roberts faced Carson Berryhill in the 182 pounds division.
Roberts was defeated by pinfall with 44 seconds remaining in the first round.
A forfeit at 195 pounds gave Tuttle a 47-12 lead.
Plainview’s Zane Miller and Colin Narey went toe-to-toe in another tightly contested match at the 220 pound division, going all three rounds.
Miller took a 2-0 lead in the first round and held a 2-1 advantage in the second.
But in the third, Narey recorded a pair of takedowns to win by a score of 4-2.
In the final match of the night, Plainview’s Cody Marr fell to Tuttle’s Trey Mason at 285 pounds. Mason pinned Marr with 1:21 left in the second round.
Plainview will return to action Thursday night, hosting district opponents No. 15 Davis and No. 2 Comanche in a double-header.