Boone Central/Newman Grove came within six points of winning Saturday’s Boone Central Dual Invitational in Albion.
The Cardinals crushed four of their five opponents, but lost a 42-36 decision to event champion Wood River in the third round.
Frustrating for a team that has experienced so many near misses in early-season competition, but an impressive day nonetheless.
“The streak of getting second in every meet this year continues,” rued Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge. “We had a solid day, going 4-1. The ‘one’ of the 4-1 was again within our grasp. Just one or two things, of many, happen differently and we win that dual too.
“Our guys had their hands raised 46 times, to only 15 losses. And it was good to finally get some dual wins.”
Trey Schafer, Andy King and Isaac Sullivan all posted 5-0 records in the dual competition – Schafer and King recording four pins apiece. Levi Krueger, Jesse Osantowski, Joel Meyer and Jacob Krings each were 4-1.
Earlier in the week, BC/NG dropped a 46-30 dual decision at Class B #8 York.
“Another good dual, where we were very competitive but came up just short,” Bonge commented. “Great efforts by the Cardinals against the #8 rated B dual team in the state.
“We had too many guys not defend a headlock correctly, so that is a problem I should have done a better job teaching in practice, and something we’ll be spending time on.”
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