Cardinal wrestlers vie successfully against strong competition

Dakota Rose with the pin

The Cardinal wrestling program hosted the annual Boone Central Duals Saturday, placing third in a strong field of teams.
Class C #1 rated Central City won the competition, followed by Class B #2 Aurora, Boone Central, Class C #6 Raymond Central, Norfolk Catholic and Wood River.
“We wrestled both Central City and Aurora tough, but they simply had more talent than we could handle,” commented Boone Central Coach Josh Majerus. “We beat #6 Raymond Central for third place.
“I’m very pleased with our efforts this weekend. The kids wrestled tough. It’s nice to pick up a win over a top ten team. The guys continue to get better every week.”
The host York Dukes used a strong finish to edge Boone Central 40-33 in a spirited dual Thursday.
The competition seesawed back and forth until York ripped off four consecutive victories to seize the decisive lead.
Cardinal heavyweight Dakota Rose got Boone Central off to a 3-0 lead and the Cards held a 9-6 edge before Class B York rattled off three straight wins for an 18-9 lead. Back came the Cardinals, with consecutive pins by Jaxon Schafer and Sam Grape, and a forfeit victory at 152 pounds.
Boone Central appeared poised for the team victory, leading 27-18, but the Dukes countered with a major decision and three straight pin falls to go ahead 40-27. Taylor Weber’s pin in the final match closed the final gap to seven points.
“I felt like we wrestled tough, just lost a match we shouldn’t have and our 106-pounder, Jose Luna, has not made it down to weight, which gave them an automatic six points from the start,” commented Cardinal Coach Josh Majerus. “We match up well against them. A few of their better wrestlers got pin bonuses against our good wrestlers. That’s how duals are won.
“It was a fun dual that could have gone either way. We have to get better and close the gap in some of those bigger matchups.

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