Marceline and Brookfield met one another on the mat on Tuesday night at the Tigers' place. Although the dual was riddled with open slots -- there were five weight classes in which one team or the other could not slot a wrestler -- Marceline won the evening 46-33. There were no junior varsity matches on the evening.
Of the nine matches that did take place, Marceline won five of them.
"I'm pleased with our effort overall," Marceline coach Lee Bradley said. "The ones we lost, we made some simple mistakes. We had some kids battle, and we got some good wins. It's good to see us go all three periods sometimes, because a lot of our matches have been getting a pin or getting pinned. We like to see that gas tank. We're progressing, not even on a skill level, but on a maturation level. It's fun to coach that type of kids."
At the 106-pound weight class, Marceline's Keegan Wright defeated Quinn Gladbach by fall in the first 15 seconds of the match. Brookfield's Garrett Jury defeated Cooper Fisher by 6-1 decision at 113, and in the next two weight classes, the teams exchanged six points on open forfeits.
Marceline's Colton Nelson defeated Michael Delana by major decision at 132.
In his first match back from an ankle injury lingering from the end of the football season, Marceline's Clayton Stallo defeated Dawson Baker by pinfall with just two seconds remaining in the third period.
"After coming off of the injury, I'm a little out of shape, but I was able to finish out the match," Stallo said. "We went and sealed the job there."
Brookfield's Brandon Delana defeated Jacob Banks by first-round pin in the 160-pound match, and Marceline's Rylan Chrisman returned the favor in the second period against Brent Downey at 170.
Hunter Teeter earned six points for the Tigers with a pin against Jacob Jackman at 182.
Brookfield won both the 220 and 285 matches. Lane Thudium scored six against Nick Fotenos in the second period, and Brooks Baker pinned Tyler Morris in the first.
"Marceline's a very physical, well-coached team. They're not going to beat themselves. We had to earn every takedown and every point. Our guys battled and wrestled very tough, and I was happy with some guys getting their game up against some very good wrestlers. In this sport, if you're aggressive, good things will happen. You can dictate the pace, and we're still working on that.
"We've worked on more ways to attack from our feet."
Brookfield hosts Chillicothe and Gallatin on Thursday's senior night, and Marceline travels to Trenton the same night.