KNIGHTSTOWN, IN – Another page is complete in the 2016-2017 chapter of Knightstown wrestling. The Panthers held their annual senior night on Monday to honor the four seniors on this year’s roster: Alex Brading, Zach Clark, Tristan Miers, and Duncan Walker.
The night began with two Batesville forfeits at 106 and 113. Nick Walsh(120) started the night off for the Panthers, winning by pin to put the Panthers ahead 18-0.
J.T. Linkle (126) was able to put the Bulldogs on the board, defeating Jacob Hanna by pin.
Bruce Nichols (132) had a hard-fought match, but was able to hang on to defeat Jonah Chase by pin 41 seconds into the third period.
Jon Vincent was able to defeat Adam Ott at 138, but the Panthers were quick to respond. Collin Ferree (145) got the Panthers back on track by pinning Conner Batchelor in 49 seconds. Jeff Ragan and Evan Nolen also beat their Bulldog opponents.
Senior Duncan Walker (170), put up a hard fought match, but eventually fell to Axel Garcia by pin. At this point, Knightstown had secured the senior night victory as they lead Batesville 42-18.
Zach Clark (195) would get his turn next after Batesville forfeitted at 182. Clarks match was short lived as he took down his opponent by pin in 1:07. “I bumped up and was trying to get some more time in before sectionals came in. I just did what I had to do, said Clark. “It’s been fun. It’s been a blast all-around. It’s been quite a learning experience and it’s helped me get through the rest of life, “Clark added when asked about his Panther wrestling career.
Batesville also forfeitted against Garrett Thomas (220) and Burias Wisner (285), giving the Panthers a 66-18 victory.
“We knew we had a great team we still had to go against, but we wanted to go out there and win one more time for our seniors and have them leave on the legacy they helped build,” said Knightstown Head Coach, Jared Evans. “I was really happy with the performance that our guys had. We brought some new guys into the lineup and got a freshman in there with Jeff Ragan. He got a great pin.”
Alex Brading was escourted by his mother, Karen Brading. He was a three year member of the wrestling program and also plays football and baseball. After he graduates from KHS, he plans to go to college for business marketing.
Zach Clark was escourted by parents Misty and Jason Clark. He was a part of Panther wrestling for four years. He also played Panther football and plans to attend college after graduation.
Tristan Miers was escourted by parents Frances Brown Miers and Phillip Miers. He was a two year member of the wrestling team. After high school, he plans to join the military.
Duncan Walker was escourted by Volunteer Assistant Coaches, Levi and Drew Jessup. He was a one year member of the wrestling team. Walker is also active in football and History Club. Once he graduates, he plans to attend Ball State University to major in criminal justice and biology to become a blood spatter specialist.
COACH EVANS ON SENIORS
“Zach Clark and Alex Brading have been with the program for four years and have helped build the program to being what it is. These two are the type of hard workers we hope to have come out of our program.”
“Tristan has been with the program for two years. While he has not been varsity this year, he played a major role last year in securing team wins needed to move the program in the right direction.”
“Duncan Walker is a first year wrestler. He came out and continues to surprise us as he continues to develop through hard work day in and day out.”
Duncan and Tristan play pivotal roles to the team through their work in the wrestling room.”
“It’s been awesome. Zach Clark and Alex Brading are the two that have been able to stick with us through everything. To watch them grow from the time they first came in here where they were just battling each other just to get that varsity spot, to going to starting, having a .500 season, to where they’re both at now where we hope we’ll be able to pull a semi-state if not state run is very important.”
Sectionals at Shenandoah on January 28th.