MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon wrestlers Matteo Lybarger (132 pounds) and Robe Harris (126) each pinned their opponents to help the Jackets hold off a strong Worthington Kilbourne team, 42-34, in Thursday’s home quad.
Earlier in the evening, the Jackets easily defeated Franklin Heights, 64-12, to pull off a sweep in the Ohio Capital Conference event.
“I wrestled well at the beginning of the match,” said Lybarger. “I knew their team needed me so I stayed focused on getting the pin and helping the team win. It’s no different than any other time. You just stay focused.”
Both the Jackets and the Olentangy Braves swept last night’s matches. Olentangy defeated Kilbourne (50-20) and Franklin Heights (81-0).
Hanging on to a 30-28 lead over Kilbourne, the Jackets turned to Harris, who went out and pinned Michael Duzzny at 1:27 of their match. Lybarger followed by pinning Kilbourne’s Trent Plantz at 3:33 of their match to help lift their team to victory.
“Coaches really got on us about practicing hard, getting better and improving technique,” said Lybarger. “I think that really helped in how well we did. Robe Harris is my drill partner and I’ve been working with him. He has gone a couple levels better in how well he is wrestling. He’s winning matches in big tournaments and performing a lot better.”
The hard work paid off for the whole team and it showed.
“We knew Kilbourne was going to be a challenge,” said Mount Vernon coach John Brown. “We came out and we did a really nice job.”
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