Bulldog wrestlers already 7-0 in duals

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MFL MarMac sophomore Holden Mathis opened the season with two falls in the quad at North Crawford. He picked up four more wins in the Cascade Dual Tournament the following night. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Freshman Quinn McGeough started his wrestling season on a high note, pinning his opponent in the Dec. 2 dual with De Soto.

Taylor Herzmann celebrates a win at 195 pounds against De Soto on Dec. 2.

Freshman Austin Schaller had an impressive fall against De Soto.

Austin Schlee pinned his De Soto opponent, picking up his first win of the season.

After a narrow loss in the first dual at North Crawford, Gabe McGeough rebounded by pinning his next opponent.

Kashton Mathis earned a fall in the North Crawford dual, adding to the Bulldogs' runaway advantage.

Audrey Ruff wrestled hard in a match against a North Crawford athlete.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


The MFL MarMac wrestling team is off to a strong start, going 7-0 in duals to open the season.


The Bulldogs picked up their first two wins Dec. 2, in a quad at North Crawford in Wisconsin. They beat De Soto 54-22 in the opening dual, behind falls from Holden Mathis (138 pounds), Quinn McGeough (152), Austin Schlee (182), Taylor Herzmann (195) and Austin Schaller (220). Earning wins due to forfeit were Bryce Radloff (145), Kashton Mathis (170), Mason Overton (285) and TJ Coleman (106). Only three Bulldogs lost their matches, with Gabe McGeough (160) and Rylee Kugel (132) both falling 9-4, while Keith Anderson was pinned in his 113-pound bout.


MFL MarMac ended the night easily besting North Crawford 66-6. Only four matches were contested due to low numbers for the Trojans. Gabe McGeough bounced back with a fall at 152 pounds and Holden Mathis snagged his second win with a fall at 132. Brother Kashton Mathis also pinned his opponent at 160 pounds. The Bulldogs’ lone loss came at 106 pounds, when Coleman was pinned.


MFL MarMac’s success continued Dec. 4, at the Cascade Dual Tournament, where the Bulldogs went a perfect 5-0 with wins over Cascade, Edgewood-Colesburg, Starmont, Dubuque Wahlert and Washington.


The Cascade dual saw the Bulldogs come out on top 54-21. Leading the effort were Anderson (113), Radloff (138) and Kashton Mathis (170), who all picked up falls. Six wrestlers—Kadence Pape (120), Quinn McGeough (145), Gabe McGeough (160), Walker Duncalf (152), Schaller (182) and Collin Henkels (195)—won via forfeit. Holden Mathis lost a tough decision, 8-4, at 132 pounds, while Herzmann (220), Overton (285) and Coleman (106) were pinned in their respective classes.


The dual with Ed-Co, which MFL MarMac won 66-18, included just four contested matches. Picking up falls were Gabe McGeough and Kashton Mathis, and nine other Bulldogs secured victories by forfeit. Coleman was pinned at 106 pounds and Herzmann lost by fall at 195.


The Bulldogs finally faced a stiffer battle against Starmont, but still managed to win 46-33. Radloff and Gabe McGeough earned their second falls of the night, and Schlee snagged his first. Holden Mathis came out on top in a 9-1 major decision, while Jack Vorwald (126), Herzmann, Overton and Anderson won due to forfeit. Kashton Mathis narrowly lost an 8-5 decision, and Pape, Quinn McGeough, Henkels and Schaller were all pinned.


MFL MarMac took its fourth dual 70-12 over Dubuque Wahlert. Boosting the effort were falls by Vorwald, Holden Mathis, Kashton Mathis, Quinn McGeough and Schlee, while Radloff earned a 14-6 major decision victory. Gabe McGeough, Herzmann, Henkels, Schaller, Overton and Coleman padded the lead with forfeit wins. Anderson and Pape were pinned in their respective matches.


The Bulldogs’ final dual victory came over Washington, 47-30. Radloff, Vorwald and Kashton Mathis had falls over their opponents, and Holden Mathis and Gabe McGeough both won by major decision. Pape earned her first victory in a 13-8 decision, and Quinn McGeough, Karter Decker (152) and Herzmann secured wins by forfeit. Suffering falls were Schlee, Schaller, Overton, Coleman and Anderson.


This week’s schedule includes a girls varsity tournament at Waverly-Shell Rock on Dec. 7, as well as a varsity double dual at Beckman Catholic that same night. The Bulldogs will host Lancaster, Wis., for a Dec. 9 dual, then head to the Nashua-Plainfield Tournament on Dec. 11.

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