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Card wrestlers battle trio of #1 rated foes

It was a busy and challenging week for Boone Central’s wrestlers, including bouts against two #1 rated opponents.
When the action ended, it had been a successful and impressive week for the Cardinals, as well.
Boone Central traveled to Wayne Tuesday, Jan. 5, for triangular action against the host Blue Devils and Plainview.
The Cardinals began by thumping Mid-State rival Wayne 54-18, then scored a 48-27 upset over Class D #1 Plainview, whose roster includes 10 state-ranked wrestlers.
“The Cardinals are catching onto this sport. They continue to improve every week,” Boone Central Coach Josh Majerus praised. “William Karmann started us off with a pin against a top 10 wrestler. After that, the whole team fought hard. Every match was competitive and close.”
Boone Central faced an even bigger challenge Thursday when Class C #1 Aquinas rolled into Albion for dual competition.
While Aquinas proved why they are at the top of the class rankings – the Monarchs are very good – the Cardinals showed they are not far off that mark with a spirited effort that pleased Majerus.
Boone Central, in fact, led the Aquinas 21-18 following a pin by 285-pounder Dakota Rose and three straight decision victories by Jose Luna (106), Carson Wood (113) and Gavin Dozler (120).
From there, Aquinas won five of the final six matches to assert control and toted home a 45-24 victory. The difference proved to be bonus points. Aquinas registered pins in seven of its eight wins, while the Cardinals had just two falls in its six victories.
“Aquinas is good at every weight class,” Majerus acknowledged. “I thought we gave them a run, leading for a while. We came out ahead in matches we weren’t supposed to win. That’s how you stay in the hunt.”
Boone Central had already faced the #1 rated teams in Class C and Class D earlier in the week. The Cardinals concluded a rugged five-day stretch of competition by facing Class B #1 Gering and seven additional foes in tournament action at Battle Creek Saturday.
Whew!
Boone Central earned the runnerup trophy, finishing just five points behind powerful Gering and 62 points clear of the next closest opponent.
The Cardinal performance Saturday, and throughout the entire week, left Coach Josh Majerus virtually ecstatic with his wrestlers.
“The Cardinals had an outstanding day, falling to Class B #1 Gering by only five points. We had to forfeit on a five-match limit at 126, which stole five points from us,” Majerus commented. “We did upset O’Neill, which is currently rated #8 in Class C, by 60-plus points. We had 11 athletes in the top four. Ashton Schafer and Taylor Weber won their weight classes.
“I am beyond pleased with our performance. Every wrestler on our team is contributing to our success.”

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