The Harrisburg High School wrestling team improved to 3-2 recently with a 49-26 win over Anna-Jonesboro.
Bulldog head coach Greg Langley is happy with the win, but states that the program is far from where it needs to be.
"There were six total forfeits in this match," Langley said. "I personally do not like forfeits since we do not get better by wrestling an actual match. Granted, three of those forfeits came from us. We do not have anyone in the program that can go 106 or 113 for us, so we are going to be starting every dual down by 12 points going in.
"We still have a lot of things we need to improve on," Langley added. "Conditioning is still not there, setting up and finishing takedowns and control from the top position are our biggest problems right now. We will continue to address these in practice, but on the mat when it counts it where it ultimately has to take place.
Those getting wins against the Wildcats included, Darren O' Dell (126 pounds), Tyler Sullivan (132), Ryan Ragsdale (138), Derrick Hawkins (160), Lucian Hicks (182), Cole Adams (195), Tyler Owens (220) and Mackenzie Alvey (285).
Sullivan, Ragsdale and Adams all won via forfeit, while Lowry won a 4-0 decision.
Hawkins had a pinfall at 1:28, while Hicks had a pinfall at 1:05. Owens won at 3:18 and Alvey won at 2:23.
The Harrisburg junior varsity team posted a 12-0 win over Anna-Jonesboro with Nicolas Reel (pinfall at 2:35) and Chase McDaniel (pinfall at 2:23) picking up victories.
Earlier, Harrisburg went 2-1 at the Benton Duals, getting a 60-18 win over Fairfield, followed by a 40-36 win over Tolono Unity. Harrisburg's lone loss came via a 48-20 defeat from Sparta.
"We still have holes in the lineup," Langley said. "It gives away free points to your opponent. We are making strides in improving our technique, but we have to be more aggressive on our feet. Setting up shots for takedowns and the consistency we are looking for will come with more mat time.
"Two out of three wins is good for a good group," Langley added. "But, we want to take that extra step."
In the win over Fairfield, Derek Rivers (120) got a forefit win. Others improving on their win record were: O'Dell, Sullivan, Ragsdale, Lowry, Owens, Alvey, Cody Rightnowar (145), Marler and Jaxon Karnowski (195).
O'Dell, Sullivan, Lowry, Rightnowar, Hicks, Adams, Owens and Alvey all picked up wins over Tolono Unity and O'Dell kept his unbeaten streak in tact with a win over Sparta.
Rivers, Rightnowar and Adams all won against the Bulldogs, while Marler picked up an exhibition win.