BNL splits matches with Paoli, Owen Valley on Senior Night

BNL’s Byron Kyger was one of three seniors honored during matches with Paoli and Owen Valley on Thursday night.

BEDFORD – Bedford North Lawrence celebrated Senior Night by splitting matches with Paoli and Owen Valley on Thursday night.

The Stars pounded undermanned Paoli 45-6, then dropped a 63-12 decision to the Patriots. BNL celebrated the careers of seniors Jaythan Hudson, Byron Kyger and James Covey.

“Jaythan, Byron, and James have all contributed to a great first season for me at BNL,” BNL coach Chris Branam said. “Jaythan has shown a ton of passion for the sport as a first-year wrestler. When he was quarantined earlier in the season, he was constantly checking in regarding the team. He couldn’t wait to be back on the mat.

“Byron always comes in with a good attitude in the mat room and he always pushes himself in training. James is so consistent in his effort and his attitude on the mat. He is truly a leader by example. The three of them represent the passion, the positive attitude, and the consistent effort that I want our younger wrestlers to emulate.”

On the mat, BNL won the contest with the Rams with seven forfeits. Hudson claimed one of only two contested matches with a 17-15 overtime decision over Adin Monroe at 132 pounds.

The Stars won only two matches against the Patriots. Reese Hamblen pinned Conner Rogers in 3:46 at 145, and Covey clamped down Bryce Mills in 1:54 at 220.

“Jaythan got a big win,” Branam said. “Overtime matches are all about who wants it more, and Jaythan was able to seal the deal in the sudden-death period.

“We then faced a really tough Owen Valley lineup. Reese Hamblen looked like he had returned to form after taking some tough losses at conference. Byron wrestled heavier tonight and ran into some really strong competition. James Covey looked dominant in his win.

“I think we were a little flat tonight honestly and we’ll spend next week getting ready to come out with more energy and aggression against Columbus North.”

BNL will visit Columbus North on Jan. 21, the final regular-season match before the sectional on Jan. 30.

BNL 45, Paoli 6

106 – Double forfeit

113 – Jorj Filler BNL won by forfeit

120 – Double forfeit

126 – Brax Huber BNL won by forfeit

132 – Jaythan Hudson BNL d. Adin Monroe 17-15

138 – Hunter Morris BNL won by forfeit

145 – Reese Hamblen BNL won by forfeit

152 – Austin Benales P p. Jaxon Powell 1:38

160 – Byron Kyger BNL won by forfeit

170 – Double forfeit

182 – Double forfeit

195 – Gunner Connaughton BNL won by forfeit

220 – James Covey BNL won by forfeit

285 – Double forfeit

Owen Valley 63, BNL 12

106 – Eli Collier OV won by forfeit

113 – Double forfeit

120 – Kain Mobley OV p. Jorj Filler 2:35

126 – Branson Weaver OV p. Brax Huber 1:19

132 – Seth Brewster OV p. Jaythan Hudson 0:45

138 – Aiden Miller OV p. Hunter Morris 3:38

145 – Reese Hamblen BNL p. Conner Rogers 3:46

152 – Quaid Hinshaw OV d. Jaxon Powell 10-4

160 – Charlie Campbell OV won by forfeit

170 – Donnie Clifford OV p. Byron Kyger 2:09

182 – Jerry McBee OV won by forfeit

195 – Eli Hinshaw OV pi. Gunner Connaughton :32

220 – James Covey BNL p. Bryce Mills 1:54

285 – Issiah Witham OV won by forfeit