Seymour wrestlers struggle in opening matches


Sam Castetter recorded two pins and went 2-1 against three other teams, but the Seymour wrestling team could not overcome shortages at different weight classes and its own inexperience Wednesday on the opening day of the season.

The Owls were beaten 82-0 by host Floyd Central, 63-6 by Mount Vernon, and 63-9 by Ben Davis.

Seymour forfeited matches in seven classes because several athletes had to be held out of competition as a byproduct of contact tracing in connection with the coronavirus.

Many newcomers were expected to suit up anyway after the loss of numerous veterans from last year’s team.

"Scores are ugly, but we forfeited seven weight classes (42 points)," said coach Adam Wolka. "Still have a handful of guys out due to contact tracing that could have scored some points for us."
Some wrestlers were challenged to translate practice lessons to competition reality.
"Our youth and varsity inexperience was really evident," Wolka said, noting the eye test while the events were taking place indicated individually they were not so one-sided. "The matches looked more competitive.
"Our team’s effort improved as the day went on."

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