WEST POINT — Injuries and inexperience did in the Cedar Catholic wrestling program at the C2 District wrestling meet here.
Only three upperclassmen were able to compete in the two-day state qualifying event due to injuries. Two other Cedar underclassmen also missed the meet due to injuries.
The five members of the Cedar wrestling team that were healthy enough to take the mat ran into some very tough foes.
Cedar Catholic senior Kyle Dump, still recovering from a hamstring injury which has nagged him all year long, fared the best on the weekend.
He was selected as the third seed in the tourney, earning him a first-round bye. He defeated a Wakefield wrestler in a 42 second elimination-round pin Saturday morning, then lost to eventual third-place finisher Garrett Rockey of Norfolk Catholic to get eliminated one match away from qualifying for next weekend’s state tournament.
Dump lost his first match of the weekend to eventual District runner-up Nathan Sweet of Logan View.
All other Cedar wrestlers were eliminated in their first two matches in a District that is known as one of the toughest in the state.
Despite losing both matches, Nathan Leise and Mark Wortmann both had excellent Saturday afternoon matches, putting up several points on their opponents before losing.