Defending state champions Tripp Breeden and Seven Richards got pins on their senior night, but a late comeback fell just short for Cass wrestling Wednesday in a 42-30 loss to North Hall.
“It was going wrong there for a while, and to bring it back 36-30 going into the last match, we would have been tied [if we had won that match],” Cass coach D.L. Koontz said. “We ended up getting stuck there and it didn’t go our way. There’s definitely things to learn, so I’m encouraged by that.”
The Trojans are a likely state-title contender in Class 3A.
“I wanted a good team to come in for senior night, because you only get better from wrestling and being pushed,” Koontz said. “State championships are given out in January and February, but you’ve got to be pushed in November and December before you can even think about placing somewhere in the state.”
Seniors Tyler Pilcher and Tyrese Dawson were also honored before the match, and Pilcher also got a win, making it three out of the four Cass seniors victorious on the night.
“[Pilcher’s] been a solid person since he came in,” Koontz said. “You definitely don’t want to take anything away from him. He didn’t get a pin, but he goes out there, he battles.”
Dawson was pinned in the first match of the night, but Koontz was still encouraged by his fourth senior’s performance.
“This is his first year wrestling,” Koontz said. “We have an injury in our lineup, he’s stepping in for him. He doesn’t know wrestling, but I’ll tell you what, that kid’s got great heart. He goes out and he’ll literally give you everything he’s got for the entire match.”
Following that match, Breeden pushed Logan Hawthorne around for most of two periods before finally sinking the pin with one second left in the second period.
Richards followed that by battling his counterpart at heavyweight and dropping him for the pin late in the first period.
“It’s always nice to see them get pins,” Koontz said. “Definitely with friends and family here, a lot of people don’t get to travel to our meets, so for everybody to get to see that, definitely [it’s special].”
The middle of the match mostly went to North Hall, as the Trojans won four straight matchups on a forfeit, back-to-back pins and a decision.
Pilcher, Kameron DePasquale and Kendall Arnold stopped the bleeding with three straight wins for Cass, but Dalton Battle had a crucial pin for North Hall.
That started a run of pins to finish the match.
Noah Hoffmeier and Rett Moore got two for Cass to close the gap to 36-30, but Cade Miller clinched the win in the last bout of the match with one final pin for the Trojans.
Cass will have the weekend off before wrestling next Thursday at Adairsville and Friday at the McCallie Invitational.