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Monroe goes 4-1 at Verona
Photo submitted Monroes Dylan Schwitz takes an opponent to the mat during Saturdays Verona Duals Invitational. Schwitz went 5-0 in the tournament in the 152-pound weight class.
VERONA - Monroe had a successful day at the Verona Duals Invitational, going 4-1 as a team despite giving up 4 of the 14 matches in each dual.

"It didn't help we had two wrestlers out sick. We gave up 24 points in every match and had to work from behind," Monroe head coach Jeriamy Jackson said. "I guess, considering that, it is pretty good that we went 4-1, but we knew that going in and that is no excuse, we've been up against this for several years now."

Monroe's lone loss was by a score of 36-29 to Verona. The Cheesemakers picked up seven wins, including one by forfeit and another by pin. Of Verona's seven wins, four came from forfeits and another by a pin. Both pins and forfeits account for the most possible points (six).

"The one bad match we wrestled and lost against Verona," Jackson said. "We should not have lost to them. (We) just didn't wrestle our best and lost and then got our act together to beat the team that had beaten them, Slinger."

Monroe edged Slinger 36-34, Portage 39-31, Homestead 48-30 and Darlington 37-28.

Against Darlington, the Cheesemakers got pins from heavyweight Nick Walker over Hayden Black (58 seconds), Aaron Hesgard over Bo Brunkow (119-pounds, 3:40), Kevin Klopfenstein over Kyrin Halvorson (125, :22), and Dylan Schwitz over Wade Larsen (152, 1:26).

Darlington's Colton Hackett (189) pinned Dusty Burkhalter in 55 seconds.

"Really, all of the guys wrestled pretty well, as they have been all year," Jackson said. "We have a lot to work on in the coming weeks, but we are in need of a day off to get rested and ready for the rest of the season."

Hesgard, Klopfenstein, Schwitz and Trevor Gorr (215) each went undefeated at 5-0. Hesgard had four pins on the day while Klopfenstein had three pins and a technical fall. Schwitz had three pins and Walker had two. Walker and Ryan Hughes each went 4-1.

"We actually ended up in a 3-way tie for first with Slinger and Verona, but by a tie-breaker, which was most points scored in all duals, we ended up in third place," Jackson said. "I'm very proud of our guys, though. We had a very tough week this week with very emotionally draining and close duals on Tuesday and Thursday. Wrestling seven duals in five days is tough.

"All of the guys hung in there and we came out of those duals with a 6-1 record and are now 12-2 overall in duals."

Monroe travels to Lena-Winslow (Ill.) on Thursday.