Shelbyville middle school wrestling hosted the Shelbyville Duals on Saturday and finished in the middle of the 8-team field, placing 4th.
Clifton Nash won the meet, followed by Monticello and Lawrenceville. Shelbyville was 4th, ahead of Rochester, Litchfield, Taylorville, and Carlyle.
“There were no individual places because of the duals format,” said Ram coach Tracy Agney. “We just tried to get as many duals in in one day as we can for the teams.”
The coaches also tried to get kids plenty of mat time and avoid forfeits.
“We bumped a lot of kids around to different weight brackets and jiggling the rosters to try to get match-ups that will get as many kids matches as you can, but also try to win your duals.”
Agney said they included some JV kids and moved varsity kids around to avoid those 6-point forfeits.
“And also steal some matches that you might not be favored to win,” Agney said.
With a month to go in the season, the middle school Rams are have another patchwork of performers.
“It has been an exciting year for certain,” Coach Agney said. “I sound lie a broken record, but once again we have a young old team.”
They might be older, but young on wrestling experience.
“We have a quite a few 1st-year wrestling 8th graders that are here to get better for football,” Agney said. ‘They are very good athletes that are having some very good success early on, and getting better every week.”
With the mix of wrestlers they are strong in some wights and weak in others.
“We have quite a few gaps in our lineup on the lighter weights, which in the past has always been a strong place for us,” Agney said. “The absence of small kids and not having any on the big end, we are usually spotting our opponents at least 36 points at every dual.
That’s a lot of points to give away, but the Rams are persevering and wrestling impressively well.
“We are still better than .500 thus far, which speaks to the athleticism of the boys that are here, and the work they are putting in to this.”