"I've been working really hard at practice and just trying to score points," Carl said. "It's good to help the team win and winning late in the year also provides me with momentum heading into the postseason because this is the time to be peaking."
After two Indians' forfeit wins provided the home team with a 12-3 edge, the Eagles began their first comeback when Seth Lansberry (25-1) and a seventh-place finisher in the state meet last year, took just 14 seconds to pin Noah Young to trim the deficit to 12-9. That was followed by Britton Heim's 3-0 win at 152 to forge a 12-12 tie. Brendan Renn (160) and Erik Smeltz (170) collected back-to-back falls to provide Line Mountain with its biggest advantage, 24-12.
Anthony Anonia (182) snapped the string of Eagles' wins when he flattened Riley Shaffer in 2:33 only to have Line Mountain's Rayce Boyer respond with a 44-second pin at 195 to push the lead back to 12 points, 30-18.
The Indians regained the lead on the strength of their heavyweights as Zack Biddiscombe pinned Nick Strohecker at 220 in 1:19 and Jordan Glosek followed with a fall in 1:57 over Charles Hoffman at 285. Both teams traded forfeits in the bout's final two bouts. But Cameron Newman's forfeit win at 120 was the deciding one, a district-clinching triumph for the Eagles.
"This was the second straight match that (Blake) Carl came up big for us as he beat Brett Shephard of Southern to ice the win for us (Saturday) and tonight he had to be the underdog again and won another big match for us," Martz said. "We had a fair amount of wrestlers quit and the wrestlers (who are) left answered the call throughout the year.
"I am happy for this group, especially the seniors, because they get to compete in the team duals and at the same time it helps us get in a few bouts prior to the individual portion of the postseason."