By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s wrestling team had a busy week last week, facing Columbia City in a dual two days before hosting the first part of the Northeast Corner Conference mini duals.
Through it all Joe Leazier remains undefeated for the Eagles after eight matches.
“He is looking really strong early on,” said head coach Sam Riesen.
The grapplers lost a close match to Columbia City, falling 35-33. Churubusco picked up three pins and one minor decision. Earning pins for Columbia City were Reese Wicker at 220 pounds, Joe Rennaker at 285, Shawn Prater in the 106-pound class, Mason Grey at 126 pounds and Joe Leazier at 145. Brandon Koolvord won his match 8-6.
“The dual meet with Columbia City was a great event,” Riesen said. “It had a great atmosphere and was as close a match as we could get.”
Riesen was disappointed with the result, but happy with his wrestlers’ effort.
“Our duals have been pretty good over the years — hopefully next year will be the year we get them,” Riesen said.
The Eagles dualed with two teams on their home floor last Friday in the first part of the NECC Mini Duals, winning both matches — the first over Angola 42-35 and the second over Fremont, 63-12.
Between Friday and Saturday, the Eagles went 4-3.
“We wrestle seven times over a two-day period so it is definitely a grind,” Riesen said. “Hosting the first night was a new experience having that many teams here, I felt it went well for us. We came out there and were really focused on Friday night.”
On Saturday, the Eagles’ youthfulness showed, losing three matches that could have had different outcomes, Riesen said.
“If we had wrestled how we are capable for six minutes in a few matches, that result possibly could have been different,” Riesen said. “Those are things we look to fix through the season and hope we are better at the conference tournament and sectional time.”
The Eagles lost their first Saturday match to Lakeland, 43-33, then fell to Central Noble 51-29 and lost again to Prairie Heights, 57-22. ’Busco turned it around in the final matches, beating West Noble 54-25 and Westview 73-6.