WEST TERRE HAUTE —
By guiding Terre Haute North over host West Vigo 48-30 in high school wrestling Wednesday night inside the Green Dome, Mark Frisz chalked up the 300th victory of his 24-year coaching career.
“When you coach a long time, those things happen,” said Frisz, whose first season in charge of the Patriots was 1990-91. “I know there are coaches who have 600, 700 wins, but not very many.
“It’s just satisfying with the type of program we have. … It’s a credit to those kids [over the years]. Those milestones kinda keep you going. I’m glad to get to that milestone.”
Although West Vigo coach Scott Rohrbach did not enjoy losing to North, he was pleased that his friendly rival could reach the 300-win mark.
“Mark’s a great guy,” Rohrbach said. “He’s done wonders for Terre Haute North. That’s awesome.”
Early matches Wednesday did not give the indication that No. 300 would happen for Frisz at this time. Pins by West Vigo’s Joe Creasey (160 pounds) and Jack Belleu (170) put the Patriots in a 12-0 hole.
But senior Ryan Moshak got North on the board with a pin at 182, then a forfeit triumph for North’s Zach Schmidt at 195 tied the score at 12-12.
Next came North senior Ethan Edington vs. West Vigo sophomore Dakota Short at 220, which may have been the best skill-vs.-skill clash of the night. Frisz mentioned that match in which Edington turned a close battle into a 10-3 decision with a strong third period.
“I thought that was really big for us,” the Patriots’ coach noted. “Ethan looked really good — outworked him, I thought. … Short is a very good wrestler. He’s a good athlete, very strong. So that was a good test for Ethan. It’s good to see those kinds of matches.”
Short’s record fell to 11-3.
Another West Vigo forfeit, giving a victory to North sophomore Dakota Londo at 285, increased the visitors’ margin to 21-12. That lead grew to 27-12 when North’s Peyton Webster pinned Seth Frey in the second period in a battle of freshmen in the 106 class.
Rohrbach praised Frey for almost pinning Webster after Webster had built an 8-1 lead in the first period.
“Seth gave it his all,” the Vikings’ coach said. “I cannot ask any more out of that young man. He’s a hard worker.”
A North forfeit enabled West Vigo’s Brian Becker to walk away with a win at 113, pulling the Vikings within 27-18. After North’s J.J. Low (technical fall at 120) and West Vigo’s Cody Elkins (first-period pin at 126) traded victories, the Vikings’ Doug Wilkins cut his team’s deficit to 32-30 with a second-period pin at 132.
That set the stage for what arguably was the most important match of the meet at 138. Trailing West Vigo senior Sam Bowden 4-3 in the second period, North freshman Thomas Dull not only earned two points with a takedown to move ahead 5-4, he secured a pin a few moments later.
“That was a big match,” Frisz stressed. “Thomas is a great wrestler. A lot of experience. He’s wrestled for a number of years in our [youth] club. … He was going against one of their senior leaders. That guy was really strong. Thomas just stayed patient. He had an opportunity and caught the kid. He was able to catch kind of a side headlock and was able to turn him to his back. Thomas is really good at that.”
After that, North triumphs by senior Tyler Gilmore (11-2 decision at 145) and junior Sean Elia (first-period pin at 152) provided the final score.
“I’m really pleased,” Frisz concluded. “Our kids that got pinned, there’s a lot of inexperience in our lineup. Those were the ones we lost. … We’ve got some first-year wrestlers in there. But I’m really pleased with our effort and our conditioning was good.”
From Rohrbach’s perspective, he said he was happy with all of his team’s victories.
“Everybody who did get a win [for West Vigo] was by fall,” he pointed out. “We needed that tonight against North. We needed to pull a couple upsets [to have a chance to win].
“Mark’s got a good team. We knew it was going to be close. … That last match at 152 [which ended with Elia ‘pinning’ Zac Otte at the 1:39 mark], I’ve only seen that defensive pin called twice in my 20-year coaching career. Zac was in control and had the kid on top of him. He rolled to his back and just laid there too long. It was the correct call.
“Zac learned from it and he won’t do it again.”
Terre Haute North 48, West Vigo 30
160 — Joe Creasey (WV) pin. Luke Nelson 3:01.
170 — Jack Belleu (WV) pin. Dylan Stucker 0:43.
182 — Ryan Moshak (THN) pin. Nick Parker 3:52.
195 — Zach Schmidt (THN) won by forfeit.
220 — Ethan Edington (THN) dec. Dakota Short 10-3.
285 — Dakota Londo (THN) won by forfeit.
106 — Peyton Webster (THN) pin. Seth Frey 2:56.
113 — Brian Becker (WV) won by forfeit.
120 — J.J. Low (THN) won by tech. fall over Clayton Noblitt 16-0.
126 — Cody Elkins (WV) pin. Grant Reed 1:16.
132 — Doug Wilkins (WV) pin. Dallas Lakes 2:47.
138 — Thomas Dull (THN) pin. Sam Bowden 3:15.
145 — Tyler Gilmore (THN) dec. Chris Wolfe 11-2.
152 — Sean Elia (THN) pin. Zac Otte 1:39.
JV — West Vigo won 18-6.
Next — North (2-0) will compete in the Northview Invitational on Saturday. West Vigo (9-4) will visit Terre Haute South on Tuesday.