The Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestling team, which has been very competitive, but often frustrated by near misses in 2015, finished the pre-holiday portion of its schedule with a festive dual victory over host Plainview Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Not only did the Cardinals notch a 39-33 win over the third-ranked team in Class D, they ended Plainview’s long 49-match regular-season dual win streak, which covered 10 years.
In a dual where BC/NG rallied from a 27-0 deficit to take a precarious late lead, freshman 106-pounder Tyson Haddix delivered the coup de grace with a 9-2 victory in the final wrestled match of the night.
Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge praised the efforts of all his wrestlers throughout the lineup, even during the early win drought.
“Plainview, the #3 rated team ‘D’ team in the state, was small in numbers, but every wrestler they put on the mat was tough,” Bonge said. “It was a big plus giving Plainview its first regular-season dual loss since 2005, stopping their win streak at 49.
Despite the early hole, the Cardinals didn’t waver and came roaring back in the second half of the competition.
“Our turn. After Trey (Schafer) picked up our first win via forfeit, Levi (Krueger) had a solid match, securing a pin near the end of the second period,” Bonge continued. “Following forfeit wins by Jesse (Osantowski), Jon (Merten) and Jacob (Krings), Isaac (Sullivan) wasted little time converting a bear hug to a pin in 29 seconds.
“With two weight classes to go, we held a 36-27 lead. Plainview had six points in their pocket, however, as they would win the last match of the dual by forfeit. So, in reality, the score was 36-33 with one match to go and the outcome at stake.
“A pretty big burden for a freashman, but Tyson was up to the task, controlling most of the match and scoring a 9-2 win.”
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