The Tigers lost to Buffalo 49-21 before defeating Central (Springfield) 56-12
In the final action for Waynesville wrestling before the Ozark Conference tournament, the Tigers faced the Buffalo Bison and Central Bulldogs Tuesday at home and split the matches.
The Tigers lost 49-21 to the Bison before bouncing back and cruising to a 56-12 victory over the Bulldogs. Both Buffalo and Central (Springfield) also faced the Helias Crusaders.
Lizzie Miller (106 pounds) got things started for the Bison in the first dual with a win by fall 27 seconds before the end of the first period of her match and Ethan Smith (113) earned a minor decision to give Buffalo a 9-0 lead early.
Waynesville coach Lucas Smith said the Bisons, who are Class 1, provided a good test for the Tigers late in the season.
“They're pretty strong and they have a lot of tough kids,” Smith said. “They get in there, wrestle, fight hard for each other and fight for their cause. It was really good to have them in here and to see a good team like that at this point in the season. It kind of refreshes where we need to keep putting work in.”
Originally, Buffalo wasn't going to compete in this meet but was looking to get another dual in after missing out on some matches due to ice storm Jupiter. Waynesville Athletic Director Josh Scott was more than happy to accommodate.
On Tuesday, the Tigers first got on the board at 120 where Buffalo did not produce a wrestler, making the score 9-6 in favor of the Bison.
Blake Daher (126) and Trenton Houston (132) kept things rolling for Buffalo with a minor decision and win by fall, respectively.
It wasn't until Teyler Bruch (138) won his match by first-period fall did Waynesville win a match.
Peter Lucitt (145) tied the dual at 18 with a win by fall with 26 seconds left in the first period of his match.
But an open at 152, a Floyd Miller (160) win by fall and a minor decision victory for Austin Reid gave the Bison a 33-18 lead and the Tigers wouldn't recover.
Devon Stearns took a minor decision at 182 pounds for Waynesville's last three points.
After a break to recognize seniors Jonathan Mikell, Teyler Bruch, Peter Lucitt and Colby Carmack, the Tigers had a nice rebound dual against Central.
Chance Carmack (113) opened with a 2-0 minor decision followed by win by falls by Gaven Sax (120) and Aeden Bradley (126).
After an open at 132 by Waynesville gave the Bulldogs their first six points, Bruch won by tech fall in the second period.
Central was open at 145 and 160 pounds and both were open at 152.
Wrestling finally came back to the mat at 170 pounds when Colby Carmack took a 6-1 decision to give the Tigers a 35-6 lead. Stearns followed that up with a win by fall.
Waynesville was open at 195 and Central at 220, leaving two matches left.
The Tigers took both with Andrew Leitold taking a win by fall in the second period of his heavyweight match and Thomas Brady winning 2-0 at 106 with 22 seconds left in regulation of his match via a reversal.
“I think we took our frustration level out on Springfield Central,” Smith said. “It was a good way to end the night – on a win. We'll be back to work tomorrow and get ready for [the Ozark Conference tournament] on Saturday.”
The O.C. Tournament will be on Saturday in Lebanon at the new middle school.