By RICKEY CLARDY - Sports Writer
UNIONVILLE — After a scheduling change, the Community Vikings hosted the Page Patriots in a Class A, District 11 wrestling match Thursday night, but the Vikings ran into a buzz saw as the Vikings could not gain a win in any of their matches against the experienced Patriots.
The Vikings have enjoyed success with five match wins on the season in just their second year of high school wrestling, but Coach Luke Bowling of the Vikings believes the experience Community gained will help the team in the long run.
“You want to wrestle good teams. You want to see what the standard is,” Bowling said. “And Page is one of the standards in our region and they always send guys to the substate and state.”
“You’ve got to wrestle teams like this to know where you’re at,” Bowling added.
“We want guys that will qualify for a sectional and a state and these are the kind of wrestlers that you’re going to have to beat,” Bowling said.
A common theme of the matches was the Patriot success of using the ankle pick.
“They’re the only team we’ve seen in the region so far that uses that ankle pick as much as they use it,” Bowling said.
“There were some real fundamental things we need to work on,” Bowling added. “We seemed to be a little rusty out there, so we’ll work on some stuff and knock the rust off.”
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