Brookfield was the site of the annual Bulldog versus Tiger wrestling dual on Tuesday night, and aside from there being six opens, the boys end of things lived up to its billing.
Marceline and Brookfield tied at 37-37, but the Tigers won on the first-to-score tiebreaker criterion. The decision was conflated enough to carry on well after the dual had concluded.
Despite the loss, Brookfield coach Drew Passley was pleased with his team's effort, and said that the majority of its mistakes are fixable.
"I'm looking for guys to attack on their feet," Passley said. "I tell them, do we have a takedown? Is it single-leg or double-leg? We had guys rolling around the mat and giving up some points this evening, and it's tough to win matches like that. We have to go out and practice it, which we do, but we have to keep working on it.
"Whenever Brookfield and Marceline do anything, regardless of what sport it is, you're going to get the best from both squads. It's nice to have a top program so close, and they push us to get better."
In the first boys' match of the evening, at 120 pounds, Marceline senior Cooper Fisher pinned Brookfield sophomore Quinn Gladbach in the second period with a 12-0 lead.
Bulldog Donavan Parn wrestled up to face Cooper Fisher at 132, and won by 10-0 major decision.
The Tigers' Hunter Nelson defeated Michael Delana at 138 via pin. At 145 pounds, Marceline's Mason Barnett defeated Trent Polley 12-1 in a battle of freshmen.
Marceline dynamic junior Cullen Bruner defeated Elijah Martinez at 152 pounds by first-round pin fall.
The most entertaining matchup of the evening was at 182 pounds, and Seth Cupp defeated Brandon Delana. The match was scoreless through the first, and tied at 2-2 after two periods. Delana sacrificed a point by forfeiting his ground position after a reset, and Cupp scored on a reversal to win 5-2.
The final match of the evening between Brookfield's Jordan Weydert and Marceline's Dalton Stark ended in 2-0 decision in the Bulldogs' favor.
There were two girls' matches on the evening, and Marceline won both. Addy Schmitt defeated Fallon Gladbach by 6-2 decision, and K'Lea Dameron physically overpowered Bree Clawson in the first period.
"I thought everyone did a good job of executing what we talked about at practice," Marceline coach Austin Bruner said. "We wanted to control what we could control, and we wanted to win the matches that were actually wrestled.
"At this point, we need to sit down and look at our matches. We have the heart of our season now. We have to find ways against specific guys to get takedowns, because we're drilling at an elite level at this point in the season. That's the whole thing -- we want to be ready for February, not necessarily January 8. That's where we'll make our money this year."
Brookfield travels to Chillicothe for a tri with Gallatin on Thursday, and Marceline travels to Polo for a quad the same evening.