By Steven Kochersperger
Mount Vernon head wrestling coach Tim Alcorn has said many times that the wrestling program in the school is not just confined to the high school ranks. The atmosphere and understanding around the sport in Mount Vernon increases awareness that the building of a great high school program begins in the Junior High program. This season the Bobcat wrestlers have had a pretty good season with all signs pointing to the program getting better. The Mount Vernon junior high wrestlers ended their season this week with a great showing i
n the conference finals to end an up and down season that was defined by growth and experience that will help each athlete as they continue in the sport.
The season began with four straight losses to Castle North, North Posey, Memorial, and Castle South before the Bobcats finally got in the win column with a 54-35 victory over Boonville. That would help spring the junior high team to win five of their last seven match ups and have a great showing in the Big Cat invitational. The wins over Harrison, Princeton, Tell City, and Central all point to a program going in the right direction.
The Bobcats came in third place in the Big Cat just behind Castle North and South. Four wrestlers came in second place for Mount Vernon at the Big Cat. Those wrestlers are Ethan Cordle (80 pound class), Conner Sledd (125 class), Jackson Baldwin (200 class), and Ricky Simpson (285 class).
Coming in third place for Mount Vernon were wrestlers Alex Stewart (130 class) and Luke McGennis (155 class). Rounding out the top finishers in fourth place were Anthony Robles (120 class) and Buddy Curl (145 class).
The team took to the mats once again this weekend with the season ending conference tournament in Princeton. The team worked hard and wanted to show that all their hard work and dedication could come to a great finish and it did. As a team the Bobcats finished in seventh place while several individuals took great honors.
On individual that rose to the top was heavyweight Ricky Simpson. Simpson did not lose a single match at the conference meet winning his weight class and becoming a conference champion in the 285 pound weight class.
Two grapplers lost their final matches and became runners up in the conference meet. Those two were Nathan Wire (105 class) and Conner Sledd (125 class).
Alex Stewart placed in third place in Princeton while Seth Hargett (175 class) finished in fourth.
Now that the season has come to an end the athletes look to their future hoping that they have done enough to make themselves proud while asking what they could do to become better in the future. It’s the question every athlete asks as they look forward. The team and individuals should be proud as they have given all they can to their sport this season to make this Bobcat team a success.