CAYUGA, Ind. – Every so often there is an event that epitomizes what a sport is all about. For wrestling, that happened in a match at the Wabash River Conference championship.
Seeger senior Caleb Hanthorne and Fountain Central freshman Laine Frazee were in the 132 pound final. The two had faced each other once before with Hanthorne getting the win.
In the match for the title on Saturday, Frazee jumped out to a 5-0 lead and was still up 5-2 after the first two-minute period.
“It’s tough to comeback when you start off down 5-0,” said Seeger head coach Tom Cook, “But he did a good job of it.”
Hanthorne rallied but still trailed 7-4 in the third period. He closed it to 7-6 and later 9-7 with 45 seconds left in the match.
It was then that strength and technique took a backseat to strategy.
Hanthorne held the superior position and had a choice as to how he might try to win the match.
He could try to roll Frazee on his back for two or three points to tie or lead or he could let Frazee up and try for a takedown, trading one point for two, repeatedly.
He chose the latter, saying, “We were about equal in strength but I thought I might be quicker. So rather than risk getting nothing trying to turn him, I decided to use my quickness.”
He let Frazee up to make it 10-7 and took him down to make it 10-9 with 30 seconds left. Once again, he let his opponent get up for an 11-9 score.
Frazee was well aware of what was going on and he first tried to keep his lead.
“I wanted to waste time,” said Frazee, “But the last time I wrestled I got called for stalling so I knew I couldn’t do that. So I went after points.”