After beginning their week’s competition with a makeup dual against Aquinas Thursday, the Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestling team enjoyed its best day of the season at Friday’s Madison Invitational.
The Cardinals took fifth place in the Madison event, which was hotly contested behind runaway champion Logan View.
In a dual postponed at the start of the season, BC/NG defeated David City Aquinas 45-19 at Newman Grove, although only a handful of matches were actually wrestled.
“It was unfortunate that Aquinas had a lot of injuries and illness, as there were only five contested matches,” acknowledged Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge.
Boone Central/Newman Grove gave a strong performance and had a good result – 5th in a 17-team field – Friday at the Madison Invite, but it was very close to being even better.
Four Cardinals – Andy King, Joel Meyer, Jacob Krings and Isaac Sullivan – placed third to lead BC/NG, which had eight medalists overall.
Coach Dale Bonge said if just two match losses had been reversed, his squad could have vaulted to third place behind Logan View and host Madison.
“Except for one disastrous round, the team wrestled the best they have all year,” he commented. “In that bad round, we went 0-12. We were underdogs in 11 of the 12, so in retrospect, we only lost one we were favored in.
“Heading into the final 10 seconds of two of those matches, things looked positive, but we got pinned in the final six seconds of both while leading. If either of those two wins happen, we jump to third place.
“Of course, there were several other things throughout the day that could have propelled us to third, as well.”
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