‘We’re a little bit more of a seasoned team,” Science Hill head coach Jimmy Miller said. “We’re glad that we were in a position to get the No. 1 seed in the region tournament and win the district title. It’s part of the process. We’ve won the district the past three or four years, but we can’t win the region. We have to get ready to go for next week.”
One of the Hilltoppers’ top grapplers, Arthur James, had a lengthy and riveting match that culminated in a close loss to his counterpart, Dillon Lemons, in the 145-pound weight class.
“That kid is ranked No. 1 in the state,” said Miller. “He is pretty good, but Arthur had his chances.”
Tyler Seeley got the night started off on the right foot for Science Hill with a technical fall over Corbin Bumgarner. D-B came right back with a quick victory from Jackson Hurst over Javelle Gillespie.
Brenton Salyers had a big win for the Indians over Jesse Cross in the 285 class. However, the Indians had four victories on the night while the ’Toppers collected one forfeit and nine other triumphs — including wins by Chase Diehl and Jim Kalogeros that were fairly quick.
The ’Toppers have two young talents in the lower weight classes in freshmen Hayden Bodo and Braxton Mann. Mann won his match over Gabe Hawkins and Bodo had a close 6-3 loss to Brennan Watkins.
The regional will be next week at Jefferson County and No. 2-ranked Science Hill will be the top seed from District 1, looking to keep its their historic season going. Meanwhile, the Tribe will face host Jefferson County and hope to spring an upset.