Cael Dailey recorded a pin at 4:29 of the 114-pound matchup to kick off the night. The 2022 state qualifier had a commanding points lead when he finally pinned Kyle Lantz.
Fellow Knight Kanyon Crawford earned Franklin’s other pin on the night, taking down Parker Haun at 1:13.9 in the night’s final contested match at 285.
Gary Kiselka, Franklin's 215 pounder, recorded a 5-1 decision over Noah McMaster.
Hunter Hedglin had the crowd at the edge of their seats in the last seconds of the 127-pound match. He escaped from Cochranton’s Benjamin Field to close the point gap to 2-3 and took a shot at the win as the buzzer went off.
Cochranton recorded two pins on the night with Blake Foulk pinning Trenton Rice at 133 pounds at 5:40.3 and Cash Morell overpowering Dallas Ross at139 in 1:42.7.
Earning forfeits for the Knights were Calan Hollis (145), Drew Kockler (152), Ethan Hart (160), Jonah Heckathorne (172), and Kadin Karns (189).
Cameron Boozer (107) and Kayson Smith (121) had forfeits for Cochranton.
The Knights face Commodore Perry next Wednesday at home.
Edited at 5:01 a.m. 1/4.23 to correct an error in our scoring, Franklin's Kiselka won, not lost, his match.
Franklin and Cochranton split six contested matches Wednesday night at The Castle. But with Franklin owning the majority of the forfeited matches they came away with the 45-27 win.
Prior to Wednesday's match, Franklin asked for a moment of silence for Maddie Johnson, who tragically died in a car cash over the holidays.
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