The Harrisburg High School wrestling team opened the season with a split against Murphysboro and Herrin as The Red Devils won 45-33 and Harrisburg edged Herrin 34-33.
Murphysboro's success, not only in conference, but postseason has been well documented in recent years and Harrisburg's inability to find wrestlers in four weight classes proved to be costly Tuesday night.
"It was killed for us to have to forfeit those matches," Langley said. "It's a tough idea and of course, Murphysboro has two or three solid kids. I know that if we got to wrestle them later in the year, the result might be different, but starting out, I kind of expected this."
Garrett Turcott and Jimmy Hicks both won a pair of matches Tuesday night. Kody and Kyle Cavender each won one match.
Harrisburg returns to action this weekend at the Lawrence County Invite.
Murphysboro 45, Harrisburg 33
106: Garrett Turcott (HBG) over David Penrod (MUR) pinfall :33 in first; 113: Ethan Cue (MUR) forfeit win; 120: Landon Hicks (HBG) forfeit win; 126: Blake Niesparek (MUR) over Bradyn Whiting (HBG) 19-14 decision; Sam Dietz (MUR) over Dwhite Cathey (HBG) pinfall 2:10 in second; 138: Kody Cavender (HBG) over Tristian Mick (MUR) pinfall 3:58 in third; 145: Ryan Chambers (MUR) over Chandler Bowling (HBG) pinfall 3:14 in second; 152: Jimmy Hicks (HBG) over Jeremy Norris (MUR) 11-8 decision; 160: Jordan Haskins (MUR) forfeit win; 170: William Thomas (MUR) over Clay Brigham (HBG) pinfall :38 in first; 182: Aiden McNitt (MUR) forfeit win; 195: R. Stearns (MUR) forfeit win; 220: Hunter Jackson (HBG) over Isaac Pacheco (MUR) pinfall 2:28 in second; Alex Johnson (HBG) over Bryce Clover (MUR) pinfall 1:52 in first.
138: Dillon Ellis (MUR) over Skye Henson (HBG) 7-3 decision; 145: Abraham McClelland (HBG) over Adam Barringer (MUR) pinfall 1:03 in first; 182: Nolan Deaton (HBG) over Andrew Pugh-Gordan (MUR) pinfall 1:15 in first; 195: Tucker Bryant (HBG) over Alex Cerrato pinfall 2:48 in second; 220: Rene Acosta (MUR) over Rheis Wasson (HBG) pinfall :52 in first; 285: A.J. Grammar (MUR) Over Justin Reeder (HBG) pinfall 1:17 in first; 285: Dylan Vandenboom (HBG) over Blake Eversmann (HBG) pinfall 1:37 in first.
Harrisburg 34, Herrin 33
106: Garrett Turcott over Landon Sprowls (HER) pinfall 1:01 in first; 113 (Dalton Emery (HER) forfeit win; 120: Landon Hicks (HBG) forfeit win; 132: Dwhite Cathey (HBG) forfeit win; 138: Kyle Cavender (HBG over Dylan Reagan (HER) 16-4 decision; 145: Jace Hahs (HER) over Chandler Bowling pinfall 3:29 in third; 152: Jimmy Hicks (HBG) over Gavin Staley (HER) pinfall 2:34 in second; 170: Eric Hosman (HER) over Clay Brigham (HBG) pinfall 5:12 in third; 182: John Coats (HER) forfeit win; 195: Tucker Bryant (HBG) over Jarrett Wolaver (HER) pinfall 1:07 in first; 220: Erik Smith (HER) over Hunter Jackson (HBG) 5-1 decision; 285: Frank Mannie (HER) over Michael McBrian (HBG) pinfall 1:54 in first
138: Zach Bethel (HBG) over Andres Diaz (HER) pinfall :54 in first; 152: Jacob McPheron (HER) over Caleb Lindsey (HBG) pinfall :22 in first.