ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas — The scoreboard didn't reflect how well the Cloud County Community College wrestling team performed Wednesday in its road dual against Cowley College.
The 35-19 final will go down as a loss, due to four open weight classes. But the T-Birds dominated the action on the mat as they won four of the six matches wrestled Wednesday evening down in Arkansas City.
"Everyone went out and fought really hard. To win four out of the six matches, if you can take away something from a dual loss like that, it's something to be proud of," said Cloud County head coach, Cody Cole.
Cloud County rattled off three straight victories through the middle weights as freshman Tylor Garcia at 149-pounds, sophomore Ryan Delforge (157) and freshman Noah Aziere (165) all collected wins to get Cloud County within four points of Cowley at 17-13.
Garcia started things off for the T-Birds with a 13-3 major decision win over Bryce Shults. Delforge followed with his 16th pin of the season, taking down Layne Leven in 4:14, while Aziere earned a 9-4 decision win over Blake Johnson.
Freshman heavyweight Benny Hernandez concluded the evening in style, avenging an injury default loss he suffered back on Jan 8. against Cowley's Seth Stroble.
Hernandez, who was holding a 3-2 lead at the time, caught Stroble with a Peterson roll at the 4:05 mark to get the pin.
"What I really like about Benny is that he's never out of it. He's not always the most orthodox wrestler, but he always seems to be in the match," Cole said. "He wrestles hard and never stops wrestling."
It was a satisfying end to a positive evening for the T-Birds, who will now prepare for the West-Central District Tournament scheduled for Feb. 10 in Goodland.
"We're still a little beat up. But we're trying to get guys ready and healthy for the regional tournament," Cole said. "We're not quite there yet, but that's our main goal right now."