JOPLIN, Mo. — It was a rough way to start the new year for the Frontenac High School wrestling team, as the Raiders fell to Joplin 45-33 on the road Thursday.
The short-handed Raiders went into the match up against the Eagles with four weight spots open and without their head coach who was absent for personal reasons.
“Overall, I thought we had a pretty good outing,” FHS assistant coach Nick Wuthnow said. “We didn’t have every position filled, which gave them quite a few points. Other than that, you can could tell that it was our first dual since coming back from Christmas break. We were a little bit out of shape and the kids had a little trouble with their weight. Overall, I thought we wrestled well and the kids did what we asked of them.”
Frontenac was led by Storm Niegsch in the 138-pound weight class and Brendan Ishimura in the 152-pound weight class, as both won by fall over Joplin’s Josh Harryman and Nathan Glados respectively.
The Raiders were also helped by Riley McDaniel (132), who earned a 9-8 decision over Bobby Owens.
Joplins’ Terry Shuey (145) and Jacob Bartlett (182) both earned a win by fall over Drew Bollinger and Kaleb Kronke respectively, while their teammate Lucas Kuehnel (195) won an 8-3 decision over Nathan Kaufman.
“We faced some adversity tonight, but I thought we attacked it pretty well,” Wuthnow said. “We’ll just get back to work and get used to wrestling other competition. We just need to get these young kids some more experience.”
The Raiders will be in Derby at 3 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.