RETSOF — The York Golden Knights’ wrestling team celebrated Senior Night, by taking on their Livingston County rival the Geneseo Blue Devils. A back-and-forth encounter ended up not sending the Golden Knights fans home happy, as the Blue Devils took the match 40-33.
The Blue Devils received two forfeits after the matches occurred, making up the 33-28 deficit they faced after the 160lb matchup.
Even in the defeat, the Golden Knights gained pins in the 138lb class, 152lb class, 160lb class and the 285lb class.
Head coach Chad Draper applauded his team’s effort against the Blue Devils.
“We knew coming into today that we had a couple of kids that have quit and have a couple of injuries right now,” Draper said. “The forfeits killed us tonight, I’m pretty sure our kids won it on the mat, but we knew we were giving up too many points coming into this and we knew we had to have some upsets.”
Before the game, York senior wrestler Derek Draper was honored as a part of Senior Night. Coach Draper talked about what his son means to this year’s team.
“Derek’s a great team role model,” Draper said. “He works hard in practice, he loves to teach and he wants the other kids to get better quick. A few years ago, he had a setback, where medically and physically they didn’t think he’d ever wrestle again and even though it’s a challenge for him to keep things where he needs to, he does what he has to do to compete. He’s very competitive for everything that he deals with and I’m very proud of him.”
The Golden Knights are back in action tomorrow with a road meet against Hilton at 6.