INDIANAPOLIS — The varying looks of torment that crossed Josh Holden’s face weren’t made out of disappointment or annoyance, but rather acceptance of a sobering reality.
Holden’s precocious Greenfield-Central team isn’t ready for championship meets yet, but there’s plenty of time for him to coach up his underdeveloped talent before the contests that truly matter arrive in late January and early February.
In the meantime, there could be a few more results like Wednesday night when the Cougars were handled by a veteran Warren Central squad 46-22.
The Warriors, ranked 11th in the state by IndianaMat.com, sport seven wrestlers listed in the top 16 of their weight division.
After Joe Hoskins (160) and Austin Rose (170) picked up victories to begin the night and staked G-C to an 8-0 advantage, Warren Central ran off eight consecutive victories, five by fall or technical fall.
“I don’t have a problem with my guys unless we don’t put out the effort. I think we do that match to match as a team,” said Holden, in his ninth season at G-C. “The biggest thing for tonight was we knew they were ranked, we knew a couple of us were wrestling ranked guys and we changed what we do because of what they are instead of just wrestling the way we wrestle.”