By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon six team duels were held on Saturday morning at Mount Vernon High School and in the end it did not disappoint. Mount Vernon, North Posey, Tell City, Evansville Reitz, Evansville Central, and Castle all battled it out in a preview and tune up for both the Conference championship meets taking place this week and the sectionals which will take place in a little more than a week. In the end the Mount Venon Wildcats went 3-2 losing to Central and Castle while beating North Posey, Tell City, and Reitz to improve their overall record and gain experience necessary moving into the post season.
The Wildcat day began by taking on a tough Reitz team that not only has the athletes but the experience to go deep in any duel. Reitz went up early on Mount Vernon but wins by Tristin Choate, Austin Stallings, and Harley Gorman all sealed the win for the home team. Mount Vernon ended up beating Reitz 40-25 to open the duel in a positive way.
Mount Vernon would drop their second match up as they took on the ever tough Central Bears. Both the Bears and the Wildcats traded wins and took their turns tightening the scoreboard but it was Evansville Central that hung on to defeat Mount Vernon in a close duel 42-31.
The third match up would go much better for Mount Vernon. The Wildcats wrestled Tell City going ahead early and not looking back. Tell City was over matched and did not do well against the Wildcats as Mount Vernon cruised to a 52-21 win over the Marksmen.
The Wildcats would get their third win over a short handed North Posey team on Saturday as well. North Posey gave it all they had but Mount Vernon ended up on the right side of a 69-12 score.
Mount Vernon’s only other loss came at the hands of a tough Castle Knights team that came into Mount Vernon and went home undefeated as a team. The Knights made easy work of almost every team in the six team duels and Mount Vernon was no exception. Castle defeated the Wildcats 41-24 to send Mount Vernon to their second loss of the day.
Mount Vernon now looks ahead to this week’s Big Eight Conference championships which are set to take place in Boonville on Saturday morning. Mount Vernon feels great about where they stand right now and seem ready to move forward and compete for a Big Eight championship. The good news is that the team is made up of some hard working wrestlers that are focused right now in such a way that just might spell championship. If each and every wrestler in every weight class can come out and continue to do what they have been doing this season, Mount Vernon will head into sectionals as champions. Good luck to the Wildcats as they head to Boonville this week.
By Steven Kochersperger