Indian wrestlers host first SEC Conference Quad meet

Tecumseh’s Kyle Phillips tries to secure his Chelsea opponent. Phillips finished the match with a 6-5 victory. Photo Submitted

On Wednesday, Jan. 8 Tecumseh wrestled the first time at home this season in an SEC Conference Quad Meet and lost to Chelsea 37-33 in a very close match. The team competed well, but had an unfortunate situation that cost them the dual. Aidan Mckelvy was up 6-2 in his match in the second period. “A match he certainly was in control of, and he suffered a concussion as the period was coming to a close. Mckelvy was unable to overcome the injury and that match was lost,” said coach Greg Lesko. “Certainly not Mckelvy’s fault, he is a tough kid and loves to compete, but the result was a nine point swing on the score board as we went from gaining three points to losing six points.”

In the match at the 125-pound weight class, Kyle Phillips decided to wrestle and compete although he was ill. “The effort Phillips put on the mat just shows his passion for the competition and his willingness to put the team first. Phillips wrestled a great match in which we needed to stop a couple times as it was obvious he was fighting back a very upset stomach,” Lesko said. He ended up finishing the match in a dramatic 6-5 victory. 

“I do believe what Kyle showed in this match is what is becoming an identity for this team. They are learning to sacrifice. It shows in competition and in our practice room, each kid continues to help their teammates by pushing them in the room, staying after practice for extra drilling, and each of these things is what successful programs must do,” said Lesko. “Our coaching staff continues to be grateful for who the kids are becoming, and for the support of their families. I am enjoying the process, and watching these athletes the past eight weeks turn into competitive wrestlers is exciting for me. Many of them have now had some significant wins against very good competition. It is a roller coaster of emotions for me as many are so young and to see them getting better every day is satisfying for them, and for us.”

In the second match against Ann Arbor Huron the team tied a school record for points scored in a dual match by defeating Huron 84-0. Once again, the match was all about proving the will to compete.

Going 2-0 on the night were Olen Boatright, Brandon Rau, Byron Tate, Phillips, and Victor Coscarelli. Going 1-0 were Mychal Bryan, Austin Ford, Alek Gurica, Josh Harkness, and Trace Tidswell, and going 1-1 were Lucas Petty, Nick Tincher, Ben Solis, Deandre Blayer, and Bruce Rhodea.

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