Isaiah Madson waits for the signal as he works toward a pin in his match against Aiden Stearns.

Republic Wrestlers Drop Close Opener at Waynesville

Two unfilled weight classes tipped the balance toward Waynesville in a season-opening loss for Republic on the road Tuesday, 46-29. The two teams split their 12 contested matches 6-6, with Waynesville outscoring Republic 34-29 in those matches. But Waynesville received six points each for the two open weight classes, putting the decision out of reach for Republic.

Republic opened strong, with wins by Wyatt George, Dominick Famiano, Gabe Hesington, Isaiah Madson, and Jonathan O’Connell in the first five matches of the night. But Waynesville dominated the upper weight classes, winning six of the last seven to edge Republic. Above O’Connell’s 145-pound weight, Republic’s only win belonged to John Hickman, who won a decision at 182.

Box Score
106: Wyatt George (REPUBLIC) over Jonathon McDaniel (WAYNESVL) (MD 10-0)
113: Dominick Famiano (REPUBLIC) over Xander Finn (WAYNESVL) (Fall 2:23)
120: Dustin Green (WAYNESVL) over (REPUBLIC) (For.)
126: Kennon Redinger (WAYNESVL) over (REPUBLIC) (For.)
132: Gabe Hesington (REPUBLIC) over Justice Seely (WAYNESVL) (MD 10-0)
138: Isaiah Madson (REPUBLIC) over Aiden Stearns (WAYNESVL) (Fall 1:46)
145: Jonathan O`Connell (REPUBLIC) over Isaiah Smith (WAYNESVL) (Fall 3:33)
152: Gaven Sax (WAYNESVL) over Jarrett Whitworth (REPUBLIC) (Fall 0:42)
160: Aaron McDaniel (WAYNESVL) over Connor Sandridge (REPUBLIC) (MD 13-2)
170: Martin Medrano (WAYNESVL) over Lucas Craig (REPUBLIC) (Fall 0:16)
182: John Hickman (REPUBLIC) over Colton Justus (WAYNESVL) (Dec 6-2)
195: Joey Linkous (WAYNESVL) over Hunter Grady (REPUBLIC) (Fall 1:56)
220: Andrew Richardson (WAYNESVL) over Jaden Crowley (REPUBLIC) (Fall 1:04)
285: Jacob Forshey (WAYNESVL) over Isaac Gyles (REPUBLIC) (Fall 1:39)

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