GRANVILLE — After breaking his left tibia before the season, Tyrell Foockle returned to wrestling in early December not totally healthy.
Occasionally, when the senior on the Putnam County-Hall wrestling team took the mat, the injury would still act up and give him problems.
“If I got hit wrong, it would swell and hurt,” said Foockle, who started wearing a shin guard. “I really wasn’t 100 percent.”
However, on Tuesday, he showed how much better he’s feeling.
A fully-healed Foockle shined in PC-Hall’s triangular meet with Deer Creek-Mackinaw and Heyworth Tuesday in Granville as Foockle was the only PC-Hall wrestler to earn a pair of on-the-mat wins.
“It was tough for Tyrell in the first half of the year with a broken ankle and recovering from it,” PC-Hall coach Jerry Kreiwald said. “I’ve been limiting him a little bit, but now I am going to let him go full throttle. He’s been shooting well, has good defense and is real aggressive on top.”
On the home mats, Foockle recorded a pair of first-period pin falls on Tuesday.
Against Dee-Mack, Foockle earned a pin at 1:53 but PC-Hall fell 43-30, while Foockle scored a fall in 55 seconds against Heyworth as PC-Hall won 45-30.
“I took both of them down, stayed on top of them and just wrestled hard,” Foockle said.
Despite scoring 30 points, PC-Hall struggled in its first dual against Dee-Mack.
In addition to Foockle, 160-pound junior Mike Milasuski recorded a fall at 1:12 for PC-Hall’s only other win in a contested weight.
It’s other four wins in the dual came via forfeits.
PC-Hall, however, made up for it against Heyworth as it had six pins in the victory.
Falls by 160-pounder Lucas Foockle, Tyrell Foockle at 170 and 182-pounder Austin Pletsch over Heyworth’s state-ranked Sam Asmus gave PC-Hall an 18-0 lead.
“Austin Pletsch took the year off last year and is only a second-year wrestler, but that was a nice performance beating a kid ranked (13th) in the state,” Kriewald said.
After the pins, a 4-1 decision by Nathan Tonozzi at 195 pounds gave PC-Hall a 21-0 lead.
However, giving up a pin, a decision and three forfeits in a row put PC-Hall behind 27-21.
Down but not out, PC-Hall rallied in a big way.
A pin by 126-pounder Mario Flores tied the match at 27-27, and a fall from 132-pounder Dylan Croissant put PC-Hall ahead 33-27.
A 7-2 decision by Heyworth pulled it to 33-30, but a pin by 145-pound freshman Luke McCook sealed the PC-Hall victory.
“That was really impressive for a freshman to step in at 145 in his first time wrestling on varsity and do the job for us,” Kreiwald said. “It was his first night and only his second varsity match.”
A fall by 152-pounder Jacob Levy capped PC-Hall’s finishing surge.
“This gives us a lot more confidence,” Foockle said. “It makes us feel really good.”
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