Behind three wrestlers placing in the top five of their respective weight classes, the Marshall/Lakeview wrestling team took eighth place out of 28 teams at the Redwood River Riot in Redwood Falls over the weekend.
According to Tigers coach Justin Bouwman, the weekend provided his wrestlers an opportunity to quantify their progress at an early stage in the season.
"I think they kind of took it as a measuring stick of where they're at and I think a lot of them see that, yep, we've still got some things to improve on, working towards our goals of peaking towards the end of the year during section time," Bouwman said.
Austin Nath, wrestling at 285 pounds, had the best individual weekend for the Tigers, taking third place and finishing with a 4-1 record. His only loss came by an overtime decision to Fairmont/Martin County West's Colton Hines.
Justin Varpness finished in fifth place at 220 pounds for the Tigers with a 5-2 record, while Campbell Hofstetter also finished 5-2, good enough for fourth at 182 pounds.
Hofstetter, whose mat time has been limited by injury early in the year, impressed Bouwman with his determination after falling in the second round to Madelia Truman/Martin Luther's Jake Denn.
Marshall Individual Records
120-Nick Erbes, 2-2
126-Brent Breczinski, 2-2
132-Riley Roth, 1-0
138-Matt Facile, 1-2
145-Ramzi Gregoire, 2-2
182-Campbell Hofstetter 5-2,
195-Jared Holland, 2-3
220-Justin Varpness, 5-2
285-Austin Nath, 4-1
"It was good to see him, he only had one match before the tournament, so you could see some of his match shape wasn't really there," Bouwman said. "But he fought through it and came back and fought hard for us after his second round loss."
Of the seven other Tiger individuals who competed at the tournament, Jared Holland's eighth-place finish at 195 pounds was the highest. Regardless of their records over the weekend, the Redwood River Riot proved a valuable opportunity for those wrestlers, pin-pointing the areas where improvement is needed.
"A lot of it was just little things that you miss at the beginning of the year; little techniques, or positions here and there or just missing a move," Bouwman said. "Things where if you would have caught that it would have put you in a different position. It's just little things that we need to keep tweaking as the year goes on and finish strong at the end of the year."