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Card wrestlers battle larger class foes

When it comes to competition, the Boone Central wrestling program says, “bring it on.”
The Cardinals faced off against several larger class schools this past week and gave impressive performance at both West Point and Omaha.
Boone Central defeated Class B host West Point-Beemer 48-31 in a hard-fought dual Thursday, flipping a 12-6 deficit to a 36-12 lead with an early five-match win streak.
“The team won eight of 14 weight classes and scored bonus points in those matches,” said Cardinal Coach Josh Majerus. “We had two 113-pounders, so we bumped everyone in the bottom of our roster up a weight class to avoid giving a forfeit at 145.
“Overall, it was a great first dual. I thought the team wrestled tough overall. Set themselves in bad positions at times, but overall dominated throughout the lineup. It’s nice to see the team successfully winning with technique from hours and hours of practice.”
The competition got no easier Friday, and Boone Central was again impressive with a second-place finish in the Beau Haizlip Wrestling Tournament at Omaha Burke. The Cardinals dropped a 49-27 decision to Class B Hastings, but knocked off Class A Burke 42-39.
“This was a great challenge for us against Hastings and Burke,” Majerus acknowledged. “Hastings, having a full lineup and us giving up 106, 145 and 220 did not help. Hastings wrestled solid.
“We did not wrestle to our potential and did not come out firing, hurting our chances of winning that dual. Having some guys sick and quarantined showed in some of our matches.
“On another note, we stopped Burke to get a close win. It’s always nice beating teams in a higher class. Carson Wood and Dakota Rose stepped up for us and wrestled really well.”

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