It may have been one of Cardinal wrestling coach Josh Majerus’ best Christmas presents this holiday season.
Boone Central concluded the pre-break portion of its 2021-22 mat season Dec. 21 with a rousing 39-27 dual victory over Top 10 Fillmore Central, to the delight of Majerus, his staff and another enthusiuastic gathering of Cardinal fans.
It was a seesaw battle between two determined, talented squads.
“It was a fun dual with a lot of competitive matches,” Majerus acknowledged. “Sam Grape wins a revenge match against a top-four kid in Class C, who we lost to twice last year, to start out. He really got our momentum rolling.
“Throughtout the dual, we had a lot of matches that could go either way. We ended up winning seven matches and they won six.”
It was that close throughout the night.
Even with Grape’s opening 6-4 decision over Aiden Hinrichs at 152 pounds, Fillmore Central came back with a pin at 160 and the teams were tied after four matches.
Boone Central then enjoyed one of the key stretches of the dual, Eli Dozler and Hank Hudson pinning opponents at 195 and 220, respectively, and the Cardinals receiving a six-point forfeit at 113.
That gave the Cards a 12 point edge (27-15) and just a bit of breathing room. Carson Wood’s pin at 126 put Boone ahead 33-21 and, after the lead shrunk to 33-27 with a pair of Fillmore decisions, Jaxson Schafer tied the final bow on the victory by tieing up – and pinning – Noah Monroe at 145.
Some of the “little things” added up for the Cards. Filling weight at 113, and not surrendering bonus points in losses at 132 and 138 were important in earning the W.
The verdict gave Boone a 9-3 dual record going into the holiday break and provided a boost for the Cardinals heading into the tournament stretch of the season.
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