SENECA – All four seniors on the Seneca wrestling team took to the mat Monday night – each recording a win on senior night.
The Fighting Irish also got four other wins on the night to grab a 41-33 decision against Putnam County-Hall in nonconference action.
Tyler Williams got Seneca’s first win of the night – his by forfeit at 113 pounds – and he would soon be joined in the win column by Cole Klicker at 145 pounds (6-4 decision), Lucas Altobella at 152 pounds (fall in 1:28) and later Tommy Lovett (19-3 technical fall) at 195 pounds.
“That was a nice bonus,” Seneca coach Todd Yegge said. “Any time you can have a senior night and have them honored; they have been in the program four years, most of them, for them to finish up on senior night and win a dual, that’s got to feel good for them.”
Both Klicker and Altobella said it was a unique experience.
“It was kind of exciting but it was also kind of nerve wracking,” Klicker said. “Knowing this is going to be the last time you wrestle at home. All four of us came in with a win, so that was cool.”
“It was a fantastic feeling. I really can’t describe it. I actually felt really good tonight and was really excited,” Altobella said. “Those guys are the only ones that lasted with me throughout the years and it’s great to see us all win.”
The four seniors were joined in the win column Monday by Sage Friese at 138 pounds (fall 1:04); Zach Russell at 160 pounds (6-2 decision); Dayton Coyle at 170 pounds (fall 3:22) and Tyler Draine at 106 pounds (forfeit).
It all added up to a senior night win for the four.
“It matters to get the team win,” Klicker said. “It’s always nice to get a win late in the year in your last home meet. That’s always nice.”
It especially means more since Seneca has such a young team.
“I think we’re doing pretty good for being young,” Altobella said. “We have a lot of young kids this year, but I think we could send as many as five to state this year.”
Seneca is 13-14 in duals this winter.
“We have a lot of young guys and they are progressing,” Klicker said. “That’s good and you should be seeing good things in the future.”
However, there is still some work to do for this season.
“Some of our veterans are wrestling well,” Yegge said. “Dayton had one of his best matches against a quality wrestler; Tommy is right where he should be, Sage is where he should be. I think some of our younger wrestlers have some work to do in order for us to be there.”