The Indians weren’t getting paid by the hour Thursday.
Pacific rolled through its last Four Rivers Conference dual of the season Thursday, defeating the defending conference champions, Union, 72-12.
The event featured nine contested matches, all of which were won by Pacific in less than two complete periods, eight by pin.
With the win, Pacific completed its conference schedule undefeated, 5-0, to clinch its second FRC title in three years. Union could have forced a split of this year’s championship with a win.
“It’s always one of our goals to win the conference, but really looking more toward next weekend (districts) and state,” Pacific Head Coach Rob Schimsa said.
First-year Union wrestler Chrisophe Poinsett lasted the longest of any Wildcats in the dual. He went up against one of Pacific’s top performers this season, Ben Courtney, in the 152-pound match.
“Courtney’s really tough and Christophe is a first-year wrestler,” Union Head Coach Justin Cranmer said. “It’s good for him. He had him up on his shoulder in the middle of the mat and almost finished the takedown. He’s really improved a lot this year. It’s good to just see him improving and doing well against really high-level competition like that.”
Courtney was able to overcome the predicament after twisting into some awkward positions in an attempt to score the takedown. He was eventually able to get the pin deep in the second period at 3:41.
“He’s a funky wrestler,” Schimsa said. “He kind of does that stuff. He’s got good hips and he gets himself into weird positions, but he comes out on top most of the time.”
Pacific took the two lightest weights by pin, both in short order as Vincent Boyen (106 pounds) pinned Dominic Beine in 59 seconds and Jakob Balleydier (113) went over Luke Smith in 54 seconds.
Gage Kassing pinned Joshua Wegescheide in 3:18 of the 132-pound match.
Cole Cracchiolo managed to force Jordan Waldman down for the pin in 3:23 at 138.
Trevor Graf continued the pin streak in 1:50 against Ben Cox.
James Anding had to fight through an ankle pick from Ryder Kuenzel at 170 pounds before scoring the pin in 1:55.
“Ryder is a kid that’s really improved this year and he’s a freshman,” Cranmer said. “He’s wrestled a lot before this year, but he’s a tough kid too. Anding is definitely a very tough wrestler. He’s probably going to be a top three wrestler in the state kind of kid. It was good. Their whole lineup at Pacific is just tough this year. They’re really good. They’ll probably win our district this year and just props to them. They’re really tough this year.”
Trevor Heitsch had the final pin of the night in the final contest at 285, topping Connor Ward in 3:10.
At 220 pounds, Chase Keleman scored the win for Pacific against Union’s Steven Sanders due to an injury default in the early going.
What would have been one of the most anticipated matches of the dual didn’t take place. Pacific’s standout freshman Callum Sitek would have matched up with Union’s Carter Sickmeier, who was coming off a championship win at De Soto the previous weekend.
However, Sickmeier was not able to compete and Union forfeited the weight class to Sitek.
Camron Steffey (126) and Nathan Murray (160) were also winners by forfeit for the Indians.
Union’s 12 points came from two forfeits at Pacific’s only open weight classes. David Clark got the win at 182 pounds for the Wildcats, as did Haiden Meyer at 195.