BOONVILLE — The Washington wrestling team came in fourth place during Saturday’s Big 8 conference tournament. The Hatchets (106) trailed conference champion Jasper (227), Mt. Vernon (185) and Boonville (147).
The Hatchets got victories from Edrwin Revolorio (195 lbs) and Edgardo Meza (132 lbs) in the championship and Jake Owens (170 lbs) in the consolation. Revolorio earned a 3-2 decision against Boonville’s Jacob Newton and Meza earned a 4-2 decision over Mt. Vernon’s Julian Suar. Isaac Drew (138 lbs) lost an 8-5 decision to Boonville’s Charlie Allen.
In the consolation round, Luke Thornton (285 lbs) lost on a pinfall to Boonville’s Jacob Jones in 3:52. Dalton Devin lost on a pinfall to Noah Collan in 1:44. Jake Wilson (113 lbs) lost in a pinfall to Boonville’s Tyler Henney. The lone win in the consolation for Washington was Owens (170 lbs), who earned a pinfall against Boonville’s Kody Nering in 2:08.
The Washington wrestling team finished their regular season Jan.18 at the Jasper duals.. The team finished the day with a 1-3 record, beating Jeffersontown, Ky., and losing to Gibson Southern, Heritage Hills, and host Jasper. Senior Revolorio (195 lbs) won his weight class by going a perfect 4-0.
Junior Ryan Koerner (126 lbs), senior Dillon Brower (145 lbs), and sophomore Thornton (285 lbs) all finished 3-1. Freshman Jake Wilson (106 lbs), senior Isaac Drew (138 lbs), and sophomore Owens (170 lbs) all finished 2-2. The Hatchets were without senior Ritchie Osha due to an arm injury.
The Jasper tourney capped a two-week stretch that started with a trip to the Columbus East tournament. Osha lead the way with a 5-0 record, beating opponents from Columbus East, Lawrence North, Greenwood, Oldham County (Ky.), and Evansville Reitz. Koerner and Revolorio each went 4-1, while Drew was 3-2 on the day.
A few days later, the Hatchets hosted Paoli and came away with a 64-6 victory. Winning by pin were Koerner, Drew, Brower, Revolorio, and senior Dalton Devine (160 lbs). Owens won by major decision. Receiving forfeits were Wilson, Osha, Thornton, senior Michael Basham (182 lbs), and senior Jarit Pickett (170 lbs).
Two days later, the team traveled to Evansville to face state ranked Memorial. Ryan Koerner was the only Hatchet to claim victory as the team fell 69-6.
“This season has taken its toll on our team. We’ve had kids get banged up all year. When you wrestle a schedule like ours, which includes several state ranked teams and individuals, things like that are bound to happen. Our dual record wasn’t very good, but that’s not what matters to me. What matters is how we are wrestling as the postseason begins, and we are much improved from the start of the season. I am confident the guys will work their hardest and perform their best in the next few weeks.”
Washington travels to Southridge for the sectional Saturday morning at 9 a.m.