HCHS wrestlers challenge Atlantic in double dual split

Trojans finish strong to beat Cyclones 39-31 in battle of unbeaten teams; HCHS routs Denison 76-6

 HARLAN (Jan. 3) -- With a large crowd on hand and a single-mat spotlight on the varsity action, Harlan Community gave the Atlantic wrestling team a run for the money in Thursday night’s double dual but came up about one match short of netting a huge win for the program.
 The 16th-ranked (Class 2A) Trojans  trailed Harlan 22-19 with six weight classes to go, then won three of the final four contested matches to beat the Cyclones 39-31 and cap a sweep. Atlantic, now 16-0 overall and 6-0 in the Hawkeye Ten, also defeated Denison-Schleswig 78-6 to open the meet.
 HCHS beat the Monarchs 76-6 in the finale, ending the night 11-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
 “I just thought our kids, to the man, really competed hard,” said HCHS coach John Murtaugh. “And this atmosphere was fantastic. I (appreciate) the student body and the administration and all the parents and fans that came out to make this really quite the event."
 The Cyclones held a 2-1 edge in forfeits vs. Atlantic while going 4-7 in contested matches. Unfortunately for HCHS, the Trojans were able to pick up a lot of bonus points with three pins and three major decisions.
 The Cyclones had two pins and one major, including a big first-period pin by Nathan Henry vs. Mitchell Williamson at 195. Carter Bendorf also won by fall for HCHS at 170 while Oscar Olmos won an early major decision at 145 and Ethan Lemon beat Steele McLaren 6-2 at 126.
 HCHS won all seven contested matches vs. Denison, including pins by Brian Trevino, Bendorf, Henry, Arkfeld, Wyatt Obrecht and Dalton McKinley. Derec Weyer added a 15-2 major decision.

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