The Harrisburg High School wrestling team hit the mat for the first time over the weekend, finishing a respectable sixth out of 13 teams.
Much like the Bulldogs' basketball program, the HHS wrestling team has been filing some gaps in a limited time since football season ended.
However, head coach Greg Langley was more than pleased with the performance his team gave him, grabbing 110 points at the Lawrence County Invite Saturday.
"For only taking nine out of 14 weight classes, this was a pretty good performance by the kids today. We wanted to go into this one and comepete, working on our conditioning and get better. For a group made up of young, inexperienced kids they were able to take some steps forward."
Langley added that six of the nine were sophomore and juniors and was very pleased with "the way they grew up today."
Darren O'Dell, competing in the 113-pound weight class won fist place, knocking off Fairfield's CJ McInnis in a time of 1:14. O'Dell beat out Carmi's Shani Miller en route to the championship match.
Tyler Sullivan (120-pound) finished third, taking out Fairfield's Dakota Boatner.
Austin Lowry (126-pound) also won first place, beating Fairfield's Don Bielecki in a fall of 1:11. Lowry also earned a win over Mt. Carmel's Logan Johnson and Robinson's Alec Keeler in the path to the finals.
James Baker (145-pound) grabbed a third place finish with a fall of 4:51, beating Anna-Jonesboro's Damian Tracy.
"We hope to havea close to full line up Thursday at home against Marion," Langley added. "All we are asking for right now is for our young kids to keep improving."
Marion won the Lawrence County Invite with a team total of 174, while Robinson (148.5), Mt. Carmel (130.5), West Frankfort (128) and Lawrenceville (123.5) rounded out the top five.
Finishing behind Harrisburg was Olney (96.5), Fairfield (93.6), Carmi-White County (83), Carterville (42), Anna-Jonesboro (27) and St. Anthony (11).
Langley said that by Tuesday night, he could have three freshmen join the lineup, which would make the Bulldogs even younger.
"That's not necessarily a bad thing down the road, but we'll have to take our lumps as well."