Five out of six Raider wrestlers begin season with pin victories.
Though the final results showed two dual losses, the Immaculata wrestling team had a great start to its season Tuesday.
Competing at Riverside against the host school and Oskaloosa, the Raiders had just six grapplers participate.
The lack of a full lineup assured team defeats, but as far as individual performances — that was a different story.
“We had a really good night,” Imac coach Bobby Hancock said. “We aren’t really focused on the dual wins since we only have seven varsity wrestlers, but individually we saw great things that we can build upon.”
Due to open weight classes, only two Imac wrestlers faced Riverside. At 170 pounds, Sam Linder lost a close match 5-3, but Dakota Fricke followed that up with a pin in the first round.
Against Oskaloosa, Immaculata had six matches and won four of them — all by pins.
Paul Gilbert (126) pinned his opponent in the second period while Jarod Clothier (132), Bruce Stanley (152) and Max Campbell (160) won by pin in the first periods.
“We were taking guys down, we were working the moves that we know and we weren’t getting into trouble. I felt we were in shape and weren’t struggling with conditioning so that’s always good,” Hancock said.
Linder and Fricke suffered the two losses. Linder was pinned in the second round while Fricke fell 6-1.
The Raiders will be back in action a week from Thursday when the team travels to Bishop Ward for a 5:30 p.m. showdown.
“It really was a great start and we are just real excited to do well,” Hancock said. “We are definitely looking forward to our next match.”