The mission for a young, shorthanded Boone Central wrestling team in 2009-10 has been ‘improvement’.
Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge says his charges continued working hard at that task in meets at O’Neill and Gibbon last week.
“Overall, we are continuing to see improvements throughout the line-up,” Bonge praised.
Boone Central opened its week with a tough night at O’Neill Thursday, losing a 70-9 dual decision to the Eagles.
“The highlight of the meet for us was Mitchell Patzel coming from behind 5-0 to pin his opponent,” Bonge commented. “Jacob Meyer also squeeked by with a 4-3 win.
“Other than that, we found or reinforced several aspects of the game we need to improve on.”
Saturday saw some progress at the Bill Foster Invitational in Gibbon. Although the Cards were again left short of numbers with several injuries and placed ninth in the 10-team meet, Bonge noted that five of eight varsity wrestlers competing medaled.
“Our guys defeated three opponents to whom they lost to in previous matches,” the veteran Cardinal mentor said. “We are putting ourselves in better positions to score in many matches.
“We were without the services of Tanner Anderson, Jon Christo and Jesse Zwiener due to injuries. We hope to have all three back by our invitational in two weeks.”
Boone Central had one weight class runner-up at Gibbon, a third-place medalist and three wrestlers who finished fourth.
“Jacob Meyer was our lone finalist,” Bonge said. “Jake made it to the finals by scoring three takedowns in the final period and recording a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over an opponent who had beaten him last week.”
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