Indians fall, get back up

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Tecumseh High School’s varsity wrestling team let its season opening match against Southgate Anderson slip away on Wednesday, Dec. 2, with the visiting Titans edging the Indians 36-25. The Indians followed with a solid 55-19 victory against Columbia Central.

The Indians had four wrestlers go undefeated at 2-0 including Collin Lesko, Jeff Jenkins, Tim Carney and C.J. Tripp.

The Indians opened the season ranked No. 7 in the state by in division 2.  Four of Tecumseh’s wrestlers were ranked in the pre-season. Leading the way is No. 1 ranked heavyweight Kyle Connors. He earned all state honors last year by placing fourth in the state at heavyweight.  Junior Collin Lesko is ranked fourth at 119-pounds as he was one point away from making the podium at the palace last year.  Junior Jeff Jenkins enters as the No. 4 ranked 130-pound wrestler after picking up some impressive wins last year.  

Senior Sam Million was ranked 9th at 135-pounds after earning a county championship and county lower weight MVP honors.  

The Indians went 25-7 last year but had seven starters graduate.

“We graduated seven starters from our 14 weight classes,” said Tecumseh coach Casey Randolph. “We have a lot of replacing to do. But we do have some seasoned kids. We just don’t have that many.”

Tecumseh’s wrestling team opened the season ranked No. 7 in the state by The Indians lost seven starters from last year’s team but have many returning to fill the positions. At least four of the individual wrestlers are expected to advance to state. Photo By MICKEY ALVARADO

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