Not fearing the weather or the third-ranked team in the state, the Maquoketa Valley wrestling team loaded up its team bus and traveled to Lisbon Feb. 6 to battle for a spot in the state team dual tournament in Des Moines. The Wildcats handled their business against Wilton registering a 54-24 win in the opening round match, but Lisbon was too much for the Wildcats as the Lions posted a 60-24 victory.

“We had a good day of wrestling, but Lisbon is just so tough. They proved to us that they were the third-ranked team in Class 1A, but we proved to ourselves that we are a pretty good team too,” said Tim Andrews, head coach of the Wildcats. “The way we came out and wrestled Wilton was impressive, and then we put up 24 points against Lisbon. That says a lot about our guys and the direction we’re heading. We have a great core of young guys who get along very well and will all be back next season. We’re going to see what we can do in this offseason so we can be that much better before next season even starts.”

The Wildcats were up and ready to go for their match with the Wilton Beavers. In the five actual matches of the team dual, the Wildcats won four as they knocked Wilton out of the tournament with a 54-24 win.

Michael Schaul (126), James LeGassick (170), Carter Kruse (182) and Canyon Richardson (120), all won their matches via pins. LeGassick got the award for the quickest pin of the day with his 19-second win over Chantz Stevens.

Aden Atwell (138), Parker Sternhagen (145), Tim Harmon (160), Evan Elgin (195) and Anthony March (106) all earned points as they won their matches with forfeits.

Against Lisbon, the Wildcats went 3-6 in the matches that saw action on the mat to come on the short side of a 60-24 decision.

LeGassick (170), Kruse (182) and Michael Feldmann (220) all pinned their opponents and March (106) earned a win via forfeit as those four wrestlers accounted for all the points scored by Maquoketa Valley.

Atwell, Sternhagen, Harmon, Elgin, Richardson and Schaul were all pinned in their matches.