Knight wrestlers host triangular at home
The Silver Knight varsity wrestling team was finally able to host a home meet last week at Tyler Consolidated. School. Closures due to cold and inclement weather have forced schedule changes and cancellations as well as a small squad of just six or seven have made it difficult for Head Coach Chad Snider to have a decent practice.
“Our latest battles have been in the practice room, and that is the lack of . . . battles!” the coach said. “I have found it much more difficult to have good practices when we have so few wrestlers and with such a great weight difference. We have been concentrating on technique for the most part.”
At home on Jan. 28, the Silver Knights played host to Ritchie County and Fort Frye, defeating the Fort, 48-3, but falling to Ritchie by a mere three points. Every Knight wrestler earned points towards the end results.
On Jan. 21 at Linsly, the Consolidated wrestlers competed in a tri against the Cadets and Bridgeport. Linsly took the win in the dual with a 48-18 score, but the Knights pocketed the win over Bridgeport, 24-12.
After the Linsly match, the Knight wrestlers were given an opportunity to do some team building. “It was nice to take a break from the normal routine and stop at TJ’s Sports Garden after the Linsly match,” the coach said. “It was nice to see the team unwind a little while still having the camaraderie of their teammates, which I believe can be just as important as the rest of the activities we do. We beat each other enough on the mats, its only fair they get to just hang out sometimes.”
Obviously the plan worked because on Jan. 24 at River High School, the Silver Knights placed every wrestler in the pools tournament.
Wrestlers earning points on the day for the Silver were Brandon Bonar, Chase Cooper, Brandon Keys, Nathan Eddy, and Cory Chipps.
“Some wrestlers have shown signs of improvement, most notably, Cory Chipps,” Snider said. “He won the River tournament at heavyweight and in doing so defeated another wrestler who had previously pinned him. We finished up in third place at the tournament, as a team.
“Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, we won’t be at home anymore this year,” coach Snider said. “Ritchie County is hosting a tri-match on Feb. 4th with us and South Harrison to make up for not making the OVAC Duals Championship this year. The home match for Feb. 11 was replaced with a Tri at Weirton Madonna along with Toronto. We will now be in a tournament at Magnolia on Feb. 14th.
“Coach Blake and I have come to the understanding that the moves we went over in November are only fresh in our minds. So we will continue to reteach, redrill, and review until we have repeated the repetition as many times as it takes. There are so many different situations in wrestling, and only a few of them can be reviewed in one practice. At least at this point in the game I feel like we are doing more accurate assessment from errors they make in competition and addressing those mistakes at the next practice.
“As we enter the last month of competition, we start to focus more on the end goal. If we do everything right, our guys will peak at Regionals and States.”
Coach Snider also complimented Middle School Coach Paden Morris for his work with the younger wrestlers. “He is doing and has done an outstanding job with the middle school team,” Snider said. “He is a great addition to the coaching staff.”