Wrestling is an individual sport which means it takes each wrestler to go out there and give it his best each and every week all season long. A coach can only do so much in preparing his athletes. On Dec. 8 the Wildcats traveled to Edgewood-Colesburg for a quad dual losing all three duals.

Coach Kurt Hatfield said, “At Ed-Co it was a good night to see where we are at with MFL and Beckman there, who are in our sectionals. Win or lose we saw what we need to work on come the end of the season. We didn’t wrestle very well in any of our duals. We were not focused at all on the task at hand and it showed in our performances. We picked it back up Wednesday at practice and the coaching staff was really looking forward to wrestling at North Cedar on Dec. 12, but due to the winter storm we were not able to attend.”

The Wildcats opened up against Beckman Catholic losing 64-6 with their only win coming via a forfeit. They fell to Edgewood-Colesburg, 48-30. Michael Schaul won by fall over Aaron Kloser in 1:58. In their final dual of the night, the Wildcats took on MFL MarMac losing, 72-12. Devin Smith started off the dual with a fall over Tyler Zuercher in 18 seconds and Carter Kruse ended it with a pin over Collin Henkles in 1:06.

Hatfield said, “I stressed the fact to the team that this was a night to learn from. The duals and tournament before February are learning opportunities for when it really matters, the Big Show. Devin Smith is showing the hard work in the offseason is paying off. Brady Davis opened his season off with two very good heavyweights. Now that he has got his feet wet on the varsity level, we are expecting big things out of him for the remainder of the season.”

Individual match results:

Against Beckman: Devin Smith won by forfeit. Tyreese Crippin, Michael Schaul, Aiden Salow, Carter Kruse and Brad Davis lost by fall.

Against Edgewood-Colesburg: Schaul won by fall in 1:58, Davis, Crippin, Kruse and Smith won by forfeit. Salow lost by fall.

Against MFL MarMac: Smith and Kruse won by fall, with Smith’s in a mere 18 seconds. Davis, Crippin, Schaul, Salow lost by fall.