Although the final team scores were fairly lopsided, the competition on the mat was close and intense in Boone Central/Newman Grove’s wrestling duals this past week.
BC/NG opened the week at G.I. Northwest, dropping a 52-18 decision to the Vikings. Along with surrendering 18 points with three weight class forfeits, the Cardinals just missed turning several matches around that would have drastically altered the team score.
“We were not disappointed in the effort by our young men in our first dual. The final score was not indicative of how competitive the dual was,” acknowledged Card Coach Dale Bonge. “In four matches, our guys were in position to get wins, but just could not quite get the job done. If those matches go the other way, we win the dual 36-33. Having to give up 18 points in forfeits did not help the cause either.”
The Cardinals’ four victories were impressive. Steven Arreguin (113) and Ethan Wilke (170) made short work of opponents with first-period pins, Jackson Meyer (152) dominated an opponent who had pinned him a year ago and Nolan Wondercheck (106) was in control throughout a 6-3 victory.
Despite a closer score in Thursday’s 45-27 dual loss at Creighton/Verdigre, Bonge did not see his team make the progress he would have preferred.
“Even though the score was closer, we did not wrestle as well as a team,” he commented.
Arreguin and Wondercheck (forfeit) both won their second matches of the week, Arreguin again with a quick pin. Krings also notched a first-period fall, while Joe controlled a 6-2 match. Ryan Thiem got the other Cardinal win, receiving a forfeit.
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