Marysville wraps up NKCL league title
Marysville High School¿s Chris Deters wrestles with Abilene High School¿s Logan McDowell in the opening match of the North Central Kansas League dual between the two teams. Deters outlasted McDowell for a 3-0 victory which helped the Bulldogs score a 51-18 dual victory over the Cowboys. (Photo by Christian D Orr / January 25, 2013)
The Bulldogs displayed that improved toughness as they wrapped up the 2013 North Central Kansas League championship with a 51-18 dual victory over visiting Abilene.
It now makes twice during the 2012-2013 wrestling season Abilene and Marysville have dualed each other.
The first time came back in December when the two squads met up in the Royal Valley Dual tournament in which Marysville needed a pin in the final match to defeat the Cowboys 37-36.
Thursday night the Cowboys were missing two of their varsity wrestlers due to injury, but the Bulldogs didn’t fully need that extra advantage as they won 11 of the 13 matches which were wrestled, with six of those victories coming by way of pin.
"We are good," Marysville coach Cole Friederickson said. "We have a great group of seniors. They are working hard and they are very disciplined. They want it.
"We got it going from the first match and picked up a win against a kid that beat us earlier this year and got on a roll and kept it rolling."
Marysville got off to a quick start in the dual as they won the first three matches, all coming via simple decisions, to build a 9-0 lead.
The Cowboys answered that quick Bulldog start with back-to-back pins from Caysen Smith (126) and Seth Strauss (132) to take a brief 12-9 dual lead.
The Bulldogs came right back with a 7-1 decision victory from James Landoll (138) to knot the score at 12-12 and closed the dual by winning the final eight matches including six pins to seal up the victory.
The Bulldogs, who were open at 285 giving Abilene’s its final 6 points, closed the dual with four straight pins from Dave Luebke (170), Mikah Nietfeld (182), Brandon Escocio (195) and Casey Hilton (220).
"We were hungry," Friederickson said. "We were attacking with pins. We wanted bonus points and that is what we got."
The Cowboys wrestled the dual without Junior Morgan (120) and Nick Ward (160), two of their state-ranked wrestlers.
Quade Baugh replaced Morgan and lost by a 5-1 decision while Jacob Hagedorn replaced Ward and lost by an 11-4 decision.
"They didn’t have their studs in their line up," Friederickson said. "They were missing Ward and missing Morgane, so that might have made the score different.
Last season Abilene, Clay Center and Marysville finished in a three-way tie for the NCKL title. While Marysville still has one NCKL dual left this season, against Wamego Tuesday night, the Bulldogs have essentially wrapped up the NCKL crown.
Abilene and Marysville entered the dual as the only two teams that had not lost in the NCKL schedule this year. So even if Wamego were to upset the Bulldogs and Abilene finishes with two victories, the two squads would be tied with 4-1 NCKL records, but Marysville gets the tie-breaker for winning head-to-head.
"We can’t say we are champions yet because we got one more," Friederickson said. "We got Wamego on Tuesday and we are not going to overlook anybody and we are going to wrestle hard there too."