FLOYDS KNOBS — The lights were on, the stage was set and Bloomington South delivered with a 36-25 win over Floyd Central in wrestling on Wednesday night.
The match was in the auditorium, with the crowd in the seats with all eyes on the two wrestlers on the mat on stage under the lights.
"It was something interesting," South coach Mike Runyon said. "We talked on the way home about doing something like that at South. Obviously, it worked. The kids got up for it."
The teams split their 14 matches, but the Panthers won five of their seven matches via pin to outpoint the Highlanders. South did not give up a pin.
"The kids all came to wrestle; it's the best they've wrestled all season," Runyon said.
South had to rally for the win. The match started at 182, and Floyd Central won six of the first eight matches to take a 22-12 lead.
But starting with back to back decisions by Xavier Guess and Noah Hunt at 132 and 138 pounds, the Panthers reeled off 24 straight points. Pins followed by Tristan Ruhlman at 145, Derek Blubaugh at 152 and Wade Presson at 160.
"Derek's win (a pin in 2:27) came over a ranked opponent, and Hunt was back for just his second out," Runyon said. "He looked rusty but went the distance and got the win."
South's other wins came early from Andrew Baxter at 220 and Harley Hillenburg at 285. Baxter won by pin in 2:47, while Hillenburg ended his match at 3:09.
South returns to action on Saturday at the Jeffersonville tournament.
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 36, FLOYD CENTRAL 25
106: Gavinn Alstott, FC, won by forfeit
113: Wyatt Romines, FC, d. Ciera Broukal, 14-6.
120: Elijah Combs, FC, d. Cameron Habbe, 4-2.
126: Kobe Armes, FC, d. Nicholas Weaver, 3-2.
132: Xavier Guess, BS, d. Bryce Moon, 7-0.
138: Noah Hunt, BS, d. Johnathan Kervin, 8-2.
145: Tristan Ruhlman, BS, p. Mason Stocke, 1:37.
152: Derek Blubaugh, BS, p. Josh Foster, 2:27.
160: Wade Presson, BS, p. Corbin Hale, 5:22.
170: Devon Stikes, FC, d. Luke Hensley, 8-6.
182: Chris Spiller, FC, d. Tyler Schlegel, 7-4.
195: Jackson Hussung, FC, d. Hunter Jackson, 5-3, OT.
220: Andrew Baxter, BS, p. Josh Harvery, 2:47.
285: Harley Hillenburg, BS, p. Jared Wright, 3:09.