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Eastside grapplers win big on Senior Night

COVINGTON -- Eastside's senior wrestling night was special for its five seniors as well as the rest of the team as they beat George Walton Academy 75-6 and Jackson 57-15 for the sweep on Wednesday.

"I thought overall it was very good," Eastside coach Earl Larimer said. "I told them it was good to get two wins and I thought we wrestled pretty well. Everyone got in the win column and everyone showed good team spirit and camaraderie. The one thing I told them they needed to work on was that a few guys got winded before they should.

"We have to make sure we're conditioned to make the final run at the end of the year. That's the main area we need to work on."

Senior Kevin Thompson remained unbeaten with a 4-0 win over a heavier opponent from George Walton and a pin in his 145-pound weight class. Fellow senior Tyler Campbell also had a pair of pins at 160 while Hunter White at 220 had a forfeit win and a pin. Senior James King went 1-1 at 170 while the other senior, Jared Floyd at 285, did not wrestle.

"It's exciting to make it special for them," Larimer said, "but it's bittersweet for some of the guys that you've worked with and done well putting in a lot of time in the program see that their final run is coming to a close."

In the bout against George Walton, TaNell Boley (132) and Nolan Cleary (195) won their matches along with Thompson and Campbell to go 4-for-5 as the opposition only had five wrestlers.

Eastside jumped out to a 45-3 lead against Jackson with Patrick Cochran (pin at 120), Misha Felton (technical pin at 126), Justin Bernard (15-3 win at 138), Landon Moore (pin at 152) getting wins.

"He's an explosive wrestler," Larimer said of Moore. "He's still learning but he has the ability at any time to hit a big move and win. He's done that before."

King, Thompson and Campbell got pins. Mitchell Troutman getting a forfeit win at 182.

Eastside went on to get a pin by White with Rodrick Boley (106) and Levi Leach (113) getting forfeit wins.

"I tried to tell them to focus on finishing strong and not think about (Senior Night)," Larimer said. "Then at the end of the day when the chapter does close you'll have a lot of bright things ahead of you."