DUNLAP — The Warsaw wrestling team battled its way to a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Concord on Wednesday night. Trailing 27-19 with three matches to go, the Tigers picked up two pins and a down-to-the-wire decision to earn a 34-27 win.
Warsaw picked up important decision points in some tightly contested matches from Isaiah Owens, Jose Grimmett, Brandon Estepp, and Angel Mendez. The Tigers also got important bonus points from Brock Hogenson with a major decision and Jose Martinez via forfeit, while Jayton Brock and Brock Hueber picked up pins.
Concord started the night out at 6-0 with a pin at 285 before a double forfeit at 106 and a Jose Martinez win by forfeit tied the score. Warsaw was able to keep things close at 120, but Concord regained the lead at 9-6.
Isaiah Owens was the next Tiger to pick up a win. After taking the lead in the second period of his 126 pound match, he controlled the pace and extended his lead to win, 9-4.
Brock Hogenson took control of his match early at 132 and continued to build, and his 12-3 victory by major decision put Warsaw ahead 13-9. Concord picked up pinfalls at 138 and 145 to go ahead 21-13, however.
At 152 pounds, Jose Grimmett pulled off a 5-1 decision to close the gap, and Brandon Estepp came from behind to pick up a tight 4-3 win.
Concord earned its final team points of the night with a pin at 170 to go ahead 27-19. From there it was all Warsaw.
Jayton Brock moved up to 182 and hammered down a second-period pinfall. Angel Mendez wrestled in a heart-stopping scramble of big bodies. A late takedown secured a 5-4 win and picked up three more team points to put the Tigers ahead, 28-27. In the final match of the night, Brock Hueber secured the team victory with a first-period pin.
The win puts the Tigers’ final record at 13-8 and 4-3 in the Northern Lakes Conference. Warsaw will compete in the NLC Tournament at Plymouth on Saturday.