For Kenyon Charity, ignorance may not be bliss, but it's certainly helpful.
``I usually try not to know who I'm wrestling,'' said Charity, a sophomore on Lawrence High's wrestling team. ``I think it's easier to not to know who you're wrestling until you're wrestling.''
That definitely worked for Charity on Wednesday. He needed just 41 seconds to pin Kansas City Washington's Charles Silver in the 145-pound division.
``I didn't know him,'' Charity said. ``I'd have to say that was one of my faster pins.''
Despite pins by Charity, David Weroha, Damian Magnuson and Stewart Albert, Lawrence lost its dual with Washington, 40-33, at the LHS west gym.
``THESE GUYS were in a tournament after the Christmas break,'' Lawrence coach Jim Beltch said of Washington. ``They're more seasoned than we are right now. We haven't had a lot of competition.''
The Lions hadn't competed since Dec. 14.
``The good news is we're going to catch up,'' Beltch said. ``The bad news is we're not going to look very good until we do.''
Lawrence and Washington each won five matches on the mat, but the Lions forfeited two matches while Washington forfeited one. Beltch said the Lions would eventually fill all the weight classes.
Although Charity wasted no time in pinning his opponent, his wasn't the only quick LHS victory. Weroha needed only 58 seconds to pin Washington's Jason Weiser in a 125-pound match.
Magnuson won his 140-pound match against Lance Tyson at 1:43 of the second period. Albert pinned David Como at :49 of the third period of their 152-pound match.
THE OTHER Lawrence victories went to Cimmaron Evans, who decisioned Conrad Kipp, 2-1, in a 135-pound match, and to heavyweight John Cobb, who won by forfeit.
Charity said the Lions' have responded well, despite the long layoff.
``I don't think it's taken as big a toll as it might have,'' he said. ``We had a lot of people who showed up for practice and put in the work.''
Added Beltch: ``I'm really pleased with the effort of all the guys. I'm encouraged, not discouraged.''
The Lions will wrestle in an eight-team tournament at Shawnee Mission South on Saturday.