Brookfield and Marceline got together at the Tigers' place for a wrestling dual on Tuesday evening. On the boys' side, the Bulldogs won 36-33 with open weights abundant throughout both lineups.
"We've made a lot of improvements with our conditioning, but we need to do a better job on top of staying patient and not rushing things," Brookfield coach Drew Passley said. "The things we need to do on bottom are mostly simple things. We need to keep our heads off the mat and stay moving so they're not sitting there, drilling a bunch of different moves on us."
Only seven matches actually took place in the boys' dual. Wrestling began at the 145 weight class, where Marceline's Mason Barnett defeated Max Alexander by second-period pinfall.
In the 152 class, Marceline's Hunter Nelson defeated Gunnar Drescher by tech fall. No matches heavier than 152 took place.
Marceline's Canaan Wright defeated Kai Wiedeman by first-period fall at 106, and Tiger Ryder Gooch defeated Gambal Staddie by major decision at 120.
Brookfield's Jaden Abongo pinned Jace Bixenman in the first period at 126, and Bulldog reigning state champ Donavan Parn also recorded an early pin against Alias Dauber at 132.
Marceline's Jaxon Schmitt recorded a first-period pin against Zach Bartlett in the 138.
On the girls' side, Marceline won, 54-12, but only two matches actually took place. Marceline's Gracey Jordan defeated Addison Pope by fall 26 seconds into the match in the 115, and Brookfield's Zoey Chrisman recorded a pin late in the first period versus Addy Schmitt at 166.
"We're really hitting on getting down to the weights we need to get down to and controlling what we can control," Marceline coach Austin Bruner said. "We've hit some bumps in the road this year, but we're focused on working with what we have to be where we'd like to be in February. Our big thing this year has been buying into a process. We evaluate every practice on whether or not we're improving with the guys we have."
By the time of this publication, both teams will have hosted a home tri on Thursday, and both schools head for the Plattsburg tournament this weekend.