Lakeland Wrestlers Disappointed by 1-3 Outcome at Border Duals
Athletics - posted on 1/26/2008
The Lakeland College Wrestling team fought through a grueling four-match schedule at the Border Duals meet held at UW-Whitewater on Saturday, Jan. 26, emerging with a 1-3 record against tough competition.
The Muskies lone match win of the day was against Augustana College, 31-13, while also dropping matches to a pair of nationally-ranked schools, North Central (No. 9), 30-11, and Elmhurst College (No. 25), 33-18, and falling to Chicago by a close 23-16 margin.
"It was kind of a disappointing day all around," said head coach Pete Rogers, "We lost a few close matches that I thought we should have won, but we couldn't quite pull it off. On the other hand, this is the first off week we have had all season where we didn't wrestle as good as we should have, so I can't complain too much. I think the guys still have the right attitude, and we should be able to build off this experience and bounce back in our next meet."
Although Lakeland did not do as well as it would have liked as a team, senior Paul Hartt, ranked No. 4 in the nation in the 197 division, and sophomore heavyweight Adam Sutter continue to have shining seasons. Both Hartt and Sutter were undefeated for the day, with Hartt recording two pins and a 9-1 victory while Sutter had a pin and a 6-2 win.
"Paul and Adam both wrestled great today," Rogers said. "Adam has been really tough, and Paul really dominated and had a great day. Kory Theil also wrestled great even though it was his first match back since before Christmas."
Theil, who competed in the 141 division, was 3-1 on the day with two pins and a 12-0 shutout to his credit.
The Muskies will have their next crack at making some noise at the national level as they travel to the Pete Willson Invite at Wheaton College on Feb. 1-2. Meet start time on Friday, Feb. 1, is set for 1:30 p.m.
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