CAMANCHE — Camanche’s Baylor Crigger and Northeast’s Wyatt Schmidt both had good days on the mat in a quadrangular with Wilton and Bellevue on Thursday.
Wilton and Camanche had met twice already this season, and Camanche lost both times, first in a dual and again Saturday at the Willard Howell Invitational. The team and coaching staff wanted to close that gap.
“It was a good refocus of us. It gave us things to work on,” Camanche Coach Brent Carstensen said. “Kolby Snodgrass was a good win, and we have a couple of freshmen wrestling at a varsity level.
“Having that first home meet, everything is a little skewed. We have to learn what’s going on and handle the distractions. We’ve learned as a team, but we have some work to do before February.”
Camanche did come out victorious against both Northeast and Bellevue, although Wilton once again beat the Indians, 55-24.
“We had a good performance. Eric Campie was down to 145 for the first time and wrestled solid,” Carstensen said. Campie beat Northeast’s Aaron Schoon in a 6-2 decision. “This early you want to get those good matchups so you know what you need to work on.”
In the matchup against Wilton, Eric Campie lost 7-6 in the 145-pound match against Wilston’s Jerome Mays after being ahead 4-1 after the first period.
“He can use that as a little bit of a push to work harder,” Carstensen said. “I think we got on our defense instead of staying on our offense and let the kid creep back into the match.”
Crigger had three pins on the day, including one in 2:13 over Wilton’s Eli Faison.
“Baylor continues to go out and own the mat,” Carstensen said.
“It was a good day even though we lost to Wilton. Not the result we wanted,” Crigger said. “I thought I did OK. Three pins is fine, but I have to improve on a lot of things.”
Northeast was swept by the three opponents.
“Last week we had a lot of individual success, and I thought it would carry over,” Coach Josh Peterson said. “We came out a little flat today and have a lot of work to do in the season.”
The Rebels struggled against the Beavers, who came away with three team victories.
“Wilton is a real powerhouse,” Peterson said. “They have a full lineup, and they have a lot of depth at weight. You don’t see very many full teams at (Class) 2A anymore.”
Still Peterson saw positives, including victories from Schoon, Grant Williams and Schmidt.
“Wyatt was on point with the Wilton match,” Peterson said. “There were some positives to build on. We knew if we kept it close in the first period we could wear him down.”