MOUNT CARMEL - With only five matches competing on the mat, Mount Carmel had the win wrapped up before the competition even started.
The Aces won nine forfeits for 54 points and three of the five matches on the mat for a 72-9 victory Wednesday night over Wood Memorial.
"I was pleased with the kids that wrestled," said Aces coach Logan Crum. "The two losses we had were matches that I thought we should have won, which was upsetting to me. It's stuff that can be fixed and get those kids ready to wrestle come Saturday."
After a forfeit to start the match at 106 pounds, Dayton Hall defeated Ashlynn Morris at 113 points with a pin at 1:42.
"Dayton is a [really] good wrestler," said Crum. "People around the state know that. He probably should be ranked. I don't think there's any freshman ranked right now, but he will probably be ranked pretty quick here. He's going to wrestle 106 on Saturday and he should win that tournament at 106."
Another forfeit at 120 pounds increased Mount Carmel's lead to 18-0. The Aces picked up their second pin victory at 126 pounds when Chevvy Wood pinned Jean Benjamard in 66 seconds to give Mount Carmel a 24-0 lead.
"Chevvy wrestled at 126 and he'll be bumping down to 120 [Saturday]," said Crum. "He wrestled fairly decent. Their competition wasn't the best but they did what they could with that."
Forfeits at 132 and 138 pounds extended Mount Carmel's lead to 36-0.
Wood Memorial earned its first win when Brady Dier put Orrin Bromm's shoulders on the mat at the 3:11 mark in the 145-pound matchup.
"One mistake can change the match real quick," said Crum.
"I think he [Bromm] got gassed and got rolled a lot," said Crum. "He let his head drag the mat. That's how you get rolled. He knows to keep his head up and not to get rolled next time. He was up 7-2 and got rolled back. That's one match we should have won, probably."
Chris Shelby defeated Trevin Meire in one minute 45 seconds at 152 pounds for a 42-6 lead. Finally, at 160 pounds, Braden Lee bested Sabastian Lowe, 10-8. Lowe led 8-6 with 22 seconds left but surrendered two points on a takedown and two more on a near fall as Lee came away with the win.
"I was proud of the way Chris wrestled," said Crum. "[At] 160 it was a tough match. That's one where we were riding legs just a little too much. We needed to work on some breakdowns. He [Lowe] understands you have to work on those things.
"I chose to go neutral there at the end, that way we didn't get rolled but it didn't work out for us. Every second counts. There are six minutes in a match, which doesn't seem long but it's the toughest six minutes anyone has done. You have to wrestle the whole six minutes."
The Aces won the final five weight classes by forfeit.
Mount Carmel travels to the Lawrence County Tournament Saturday morning starting at 9 o'clock.