SENECA — The Seneca Indians trailed the Webb City Cardinals 14-6 early in their dual Tuesday night on the Indians’ Homecoming.
Webb City’s Kyler Carter (106 pounds) won a 2-1 decision against Levi Connelly in one of the best matches of the evening, then Josh Copher (120) won a 20-4 against Grant Smith and Jackson Taylor (126) won by forfeit.
After four matches, Seneca had only Cole Whitehead’s win by forfeit at 113 to show for any points on the scoreboard.
The Indians rattled off five straight wins by pin from 132 through 160 — essentially the heart of their lineup with two state champions among them — and won 8 of the final 10 matches overall en route to a 54-23 win for the No. 2 team in Class 1 against the Class 3 Cardinals.
Max Roark (132) pinned Snyper Herron with 40 seconds remaining in the third period to start the Seneca scoring spree and Dalton Hembree (138) gave the Indians their first of four pins in under a minute with a 25-second special against Roger Carranco.
Zane Cotten (145) took down Brayden Hollingsworth in 1:32, Dayton Fields (152) pinned Sergio Perez in 3:46, Cole Hatfield (160) pinned Ruben Lenker in 1:47, Skyleer Commons (182) pinned Elijah Mackey in 23 seconds, Kale Schrader (195) pinned Jonny Goggins in 24 seconds, and Grant Durman (285) pinned Ethan Vowiell in 48 seconds.
In wrestling, maximizing points is critical to success and the Indians did just that Tuesday night with eight pins resulting in 48 points.
Of the two matches not won by Seneca down the stretch, Webb City’s Gibson Sweet (170) pinned Grant Hoover in 3:14 and Matt Miller (220) won a 3-2 decision against Garret Babbitt.
The Indians return home Thursday for a single Senior Night dual against Joplin and seniors who will be honored include Roark and Hatfield.
Seneca then returns to action Saturday for the Branson Tournament which includes Daily News core coverage area schools Neosho and McDonald County.