MOUNT VERNON — A long night of roller coaster emotions ended sourly for the Mount Vernon wrestling team on Wednesday.
After defeating Pickerington North on a tiebreaker, the Yellow Jackets dropped their last match to fall, 37-35, to Pickerington Central in the OHSAA regional dual semifinals at Pleasant Street Elementary.
Both duals were back and forth throughout, with Mount Vernon’s top wrestlers winning their matches and the opponents’ top athletes winning theirs. But the Jackets couldn’t win enough of the toss-up matches to advance.
“We gave it away,” said Mount Vernon head coach John Brown. “We had too many matches where we were winning and we weren’t smart. We had penalty points and we can’t hold people down. When you’re winning in points, then turn on your back and get pinned, that’s wrestling really, really stupid.”
Mount Vernon held a 35-31 lead going into the final match between heavyweights Jordan Johnson and Central’s Arron Morefield. Johnson fell behind, 4-1, early in the second period; however, he just had to hang on with the score intact to clinch a dual victory. Morefield, however, shifted his weight and turned Johnson on his back, pinning him at the 3:23 mark and securing the win for the Tigers.
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