Story by senior Ethan Reed
The Cats took the mat for the first week of competition and posted two Raccoon River Conference wins in their first dual meet of the year. The team wrestled well against Boone, giving up only six points en route to a 73-6 win. Sr. Darek Tingle wrestled a tough match at 145 lbs., picking up a hard-fought win. The Wildcats tallied five falls against the Toreadors. In the second dual of the evening, the Cats defeated Bondurant-Farrar 51-24. At 138 lbs., senior Troy Schnathorst avenged a loss from last year, while junior Tegan Wyckoff recorded the fall at 182 lbs., picking up a big six points for the Cats. The team wearing red adn gold left Bondurant proud, but not satisfied.
Carlisle headed to Independence last Friday to compete in one of the toughest tournaments in the state, The Cliff Keen Independence Invitational. The field included 32 teams from five states. The team spent Friday night wrestling in some tough brackets, advancing four wrestlers to the gold bracket on Saturday and three to the silver. On day two, Tingle won out, picking up three wins.
At 160 lbs., junior captain Bryce Murray won the silver bracket, picking up five wins on the weekend. Senior 220-pounder Tommy Jones placed the highest for the 'Cats in the tournament, capturing fifth place in the highly competitive meet. Additional top 10 Wildcat finishes were posted 138-pounder Troy Schnathorst in sixth, 195-pounder Gabe Hemsted in sixth, 126-pounder Carter Logue in seventh and 160-pounder Bryce Murray in ninth. Logue needs 12 more wins to enter the 100-win club.
Schnathorst provided one of the biggest highlights of the weekend after going undefeated Friday night. He knocked off the No. 6 wrestler in 3A when he took the 8-6 decision over Derek Anderson.
Moving onto more tough competition, the Cats have three duals on Dec. 6 before traveling to Ankeny Centennial to battle five of the top teams in the state from 2A and 3A.