Redman had a similar match in the first bout of the night. He trailed 3-2 in the second period before pulling even with an escape. He earned a point to start the third period when UT’s Galloh Gwensinie elected to start the period on his feet, then added a clinching takedown with 38 seconds left.
“It’s always a good experience to be able to start your team off on a good note,” Redman said. “I feel like we set the tempo well and kept it going.”
Caldwell followed Redman’s opening win against United Township with a first-period pin against Alex Hubbard at 152 pounds. It was the 100th career victory for Caldwell, a Class 3A state placewinner in 2012.
“It’s a pretty elite group if you win 100 matches in your high school career, and getting it in my first win of my senior year, and it’s a pretty good feeling seeing the crowd raise the little signs that say congratulations really means a lot and shows the support of the community,” Caldwell said.
United Township chipped away at Clinton’s lead, and it was down to 30-27 when Genco stepped on the mat for the first time this season. The three-time state placewinner wasn’t on the mat long, either, pinning Esteban Maldonado in 20 seconds and starting a closing string of three straight wins.
“Mainly, I just want to end my matches as soon as possible to show I’m not scared of anything and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to become a champion,” Genco said. “I’m just trying to make a statement to the city to show everyone what Clinton used to be and what it should be and what it’s going to be.”
“Tonight we definitely had a gap where our fans lost hope every once in awhile, and I was the one match that really tried to pull it together,” Genco said. “I wanted to be the person to get the fans going and the wrestlers going and swing the momentum back around to our side and get everyone elevated out of their seats.”