Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Trinity wrestling team. Read his story below.
Trinity's 42-31 victory against McGuffey in a Class AAA Sub-Section 4A opener on Dec. 11 was more than just a victory for the Hillers.
"It was a return to old-school dual-meet wrestling," said Mark Powell, who enters his second season as Trinity's head coach. "It was vintage McGuffey versus Trinity. We had more than 1,000 fans show up [at Trinity]. It's been years since I've seen a dual meet with this much excitement. The fans on both sides were just great. I wish every dual meet were this exciting."
McGuffey entered the match as the favorite, but Trinity was poised for the upset. The Hillers opened with a surprise, as Tristan Buxton pinned McGuffey's Gage Nicolella at 113 pounds.
"Tristan was trailing 1-0 in the third period when he scored a takedown and pinned Nicolella in the last 11 seconds," Powell said. "That gave us the start we needed."