COLUMBUS — Scotus Central Catholic head wrestling coach D.J. Brandenburg expected Monday’s dual against Elkhorn Mount Michael to be close.
“I figured it would come down to the wire," he said.
Trailing 20-14, Scotus won five of the last six matches to pull away for a 42-26 victory at Memorial Hall.
The Shamrocks impressed their first-year head coach.
“We had kids step up and win that we needed to win,” Brandenburg said.
Wren Allen’s pin of Robert Khorram at 195 pounds sealed the win for Scotus. Landon Sokol provided the exclamation point with a pin at 285 pounds.
After surrendering the first six points to the Knights on a forfeit, freshman Jake Heesacker put Scotus on the board with a technical fall over Lincoln Badley.
Mount Michael won the next two matches before senior Calen Hinze, who didn’t wrestle last year, scored a pin over Michael Oehler at 132 pounds.
“That was huge,” Brandenburg said of the victory that helped the Shamrocks stay close in the early stages of the dual.
Scotus' Jackson Neville held on for a 7-4 victory at 138 pounds and Charles Case pinned Will Fleissner at 152 pounds to even the dual at 20-all. Evan Sliva, who wrestled just one varsity match last season, scored a victory at 160 pounds for the Shamrocks.
Evan Hand was pinned in less than a minute by Mount Michael’s Trevin Detwiler a season ago. This year, Hand got the win by fall.
The Knights got a win at 182 pounds to make it 30-26 before Allen and Sokol finished the dual for Scotus.
Brandenburg hopes the win is a sign of things to come for Scotus, which is still missing starters at 106 and 145 pounds.
“We got a win. It wasn’t pretty, but we got the win,” he said. “We definitely have to work on our technique, though.”
But he’s already seeing progress.
“We can believe in ourselves,” Brandenburg said. “We can have something good if we keep working hard.”