(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Poplar Bluff Mules wrestling team downed the Sikeston Bulldogs 54-15 in duel meet action Tuesday at the Sikeston Field House.
Highlights of the Bulldogs outing included a pin victory by Sikeston's Faylon Marshall and the Bulldogs Kenton Robinson's victory with a 2-point take down to win 8-6 as time expired in the third period.
Mules head coach Brian Wisdom felt his team made mistakes coming off the Christmas break, but was pleased with the overall effort.
"We are coming off Christmas break and haven't had anything for about two weeks," Wisdom pointed out. "We are just looking to get back into things and see what is going on. It's kind of like starting the season over again. We did alright tonight, even with a few mistakes. We have a couple of things to work on but we were able to get that past us and get the win."
"There were some matches tonight that we were very aggressive in and some that we weren't aggressive enough," Gibbs said. "My thing is that we want to be aggressive in every match no matter what. We are inexperienced so we don't have that yet. But we are going to get there."
Gibbs emphasized the need to practice better over the long Christmas break.
"The big thing is we have to have good Christmas break practices," he said. "They weren't as good as they needed to be this break."
"Poplar Bluff has a good program and their kids work hard. We look to use these dual meets to learn and get better in order to wrestle better in the tournaments," Gibbs said. "I felt we did that tonight, even if the score doesn't reflect that."
Results from the match were:
103 pounds - Sikeston's Blake Angle wins by forfeit.
112 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Ryan Henningan wins by forfeit.
119 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Zach Surque pinned Sikeston's Terrance Dorsey in the third period.
125 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Ethan Swingle def. Sikeston's Jacob Murphy 9-2.
130 pounds - Sikeston's Kenton Robinson def. Poplar Bluff's Logan Kennedy 8-6.
135 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Brandon Bounder pinned Sikeston's Dustin Wells in the second period.
140 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Josh Townsend pinned Sikeston's Dustin Ruby in the second period.
145 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Jordan Henningan pinned Sikeston's Sam Erwin in the second period.
152 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Eric Ramos def. Sikeston's Tyrone Webb 6-1.
160 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Chance Berry pinned Sikeston's Jakhil Valentine in the first period.
171 pounds - Sikeston's Faylon Marshall pinned Poplar Bluff's Luke Lahourette in the first period.
189 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Aaron Ellis pinned Sikeston's Jarian Wims in the second period.
215 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Kelton Thompson wins by forfeit.
285 pounds - Poplar Bluff's Dillion Jones pinned Sikeston's Josh Carlyle in the second period.