The Eagles finished in fourth place going 2-3 on the day, defeating Heritage 53-24 and Marion 39-39(Busco wins on ninth criteria, most first points scored). The losses came from Snider 43-32, South Adams 47-23 and tournament host Homestead 57-19.
The Eagles had three wrestlers go 5-0 on the day, Zack Armstead (140), Sam Siddons (160) and Braxton Siddons (189). Three other wrestlers went 3-2 on the day, Braydon Shively (130), Adam Boggess (135) and Eric Kuznar (215).
With a young team on the mats this season (only two seniors and three juniors were in the lineup Saturday), people would think that this would be a rebuilding year for the Eagles. But Coach Riesen is excited about the young wrestlers. “They stepped in and had a really good day,” commented Coach Riesen. “Each of them showed promise of what is to come this year and in the future. We lost six solid varsity wrestlers from last year’s team, but I think we replaced them pretty well.”
“Our more experienced guys really stepped up on Saturday as both of our seniors went 5-0 and have shown great leadership. Adam Boggess had a really good weight class and lost to two tough kids. We are sure he is going to have a great season this year as he gets some more time up in the room. Sam Siddons really stepped up from last year. He is putting in the work that you need to be great and he has set his goals really high and is a guy we will depend on for wins this year. Braxton and Zack are two guys that will be tough for anyone to beat this year and are poised to have great senior years,” added Coach Riesen. “It was a tough day for our lightweights, this event was loaded from 112-125. Our guys had a lot of good tough matches but fell in many of them on the day. Austin Boggess really had a tough weight class; three of his matches were against state and semi-state qualifiers. Clint, Shane, and Austin are guys that we are excited about, and that we can see growing a lot as the season goes on.”
You can follow the Eagle wrestlers Saturday at Fairfield in the NECC Super-Dual beginning at 9:00 a.m. and again on Tuesday at home against Eastside at 6:30 p.m.