Havasu wrestling sweeps Phoenix schools at meet in Goodyear

December 7, 2018

The Lake Havasu wrestling team looked like a different team this week, but not in a bad way.

After losing a match last week in their first meet of the season, the Knights traveled to Goodyear on Wednesday and swept three Phoenix schools — Desert Edge, Phoenix Arcadia and Glendale Deer Valley — to win a meet hosted by Desert Edge.

“As a team, they really improved. It was a complete turn around from last week,” Lake Havasu coach Ryan Schumann said. “It was just a complete team effort. We didn’t give up any points except the ones we forfeited.”

Just about every wrestler for Havasu earned the team points with a pin. The points the Knights had to forfeit came from the 138-pound and heavyweight weight classes. The only reason Havasu had to forfeit the 138-pound points is that their wrestler in that spot was out sick.

Schumann did admit that Desert Edge looked like it would give Havasu some trouble, but obviously, that wasn’t the case.

“When we were watching Desert Edge we thought they were going to be a tough match for us,” Schumann said. “But we came out and just did what we had to do. (152-pounder) Corey Pellerin went into overtime and was able to overcome his opponent. That was a huge win for us because we needed those points.

“It just all came together. The team worked hard. They were pumping each other up, helping the younger kids and coaching each other. It was a great thing to watch.”

Havasu will be on the road again this weekend when it travels to Avondale for the 7th Annual Big Red Memorial Wrestling Tournament hosted by Agua Fria starting on Friday at 10 a.m.

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