The first wresting matchup on Wednesday, December 20 was in the 170-weight class and featured Connor Getchel. Getchel made a very good effort, but the points went to Bonny Eagle.
Next, an expedition match occurred. An expedition match is where two wrestlers in different weight classes (in this case, the 120 and the 113 weight classes) wrestle each other. Sam Dubac wrestled in this match and won, earning The Eagles points on the scoreboard.
DJ Pelletier was next from The Eagles to take on Bonny Eagle. He was wrestling in the 126-weight class. After a demanding three rounds, Windham won that match.
Next, Josh Barrett wrestled in the 132-weight class. It was a tough three rounds, with Barrett giving 100 percent. In the end, Bonny Eagle won in that weight class.
George Butts wrestled in the 152-weight class. Bonny Eagle got the points there.
There were several forfeits from both teams. A forfeit occurs when one of the wrestlers on either team, are not present in that weight class in order for that match to occur. Windham forfeited in the 106, 113 and 285 weight classes. Bonny Eagle forfeited in the 120, 160 and 182 weight classes.
The final score was Bonny Eagle, 42 Windham, 30.
In these individual matches that wrestled, I saw each Windham team member not getting discouraged if they lost. Windham strives to win and sometimes comes up short, but The Eagles are resilient.
“We’ll take what we learned [and not] look at it as a loss, look at it as a learning curve, said Coach Jason Dryburgh. “We’ll take it, digest it and move forward. The Eagles were willing to attack and push a lot of the offense. What I try and have them do is focus on keeping their heels in the center of the ring and work their way out, as opposed to being passive and having your heels at the end of the ring. [This is because] as the ref looks at it is, if you’re not being aggressive and you’re not working, you’re going to get hit . . . So I try to teach them to work from the in[side of the ring] to the out[side of the ring]. So, I saw a lot of that, which is good. I saw a lot of wrist control and heavy hands, meaning, pulling on your opponent, trying to weigh down on him throughout the whole entire match as much as possible . . . I saw a willingness to attack and be aggressive.”