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Monroe grapples to third
Times photo: Adam Krebs Monroes Dillon Weckerly drives Sugar Rivers Mike Nolden to the ground in a third round, 171-pound match at Saturdays Raiders Scramble. Weckerly pinned Nolden.
BELLEVILLE - The Cheesemakers' wrestling team came close to overall victory at Saturday's eight-team Raider Scramble despite having one less wrestler than the tournament champ."I didn't really have any expectations for this (meet)," Monroe head coach Jeriamy Jackson said. "We came in here with 10 guys, but our 10 guys are pretty good. So it's nice to see we can get right up to the top without our full lineup in."Five Monroe wrestlers took first place, two finished second and another third. The 170 points the team earned was just eight off of the pace set by Mount Horeb-Barneveld, which used 11 wrestlers. Evansville-Albany, which also had 11 wrestlers, was second with 174 points."We've got a lot of mistakes to change and get better. Simple mistakes. We can change mistakes but we can't change how hard they wrestle - and they're wrestling hard," Jackson said.