A closely-contested match went the way of the home team, which was not good for Robinson High School's wrestling team.
The Maroons lost a tough battle on the road at Effingham Tuesday (Nov. 28), dropping the dual match 45-36.
"I'm no sure we came into this dual mentally prepared to compete and we let this one get away from us," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said.
Robinson picked up six wins on the night, four by pin and two via forfeit, while Effingham won eight matches, six of which came by pin, as well as a decision and a forfeit.
For Robinson, Landon Shonk scored a pin over Effingham's Megan Hanna in 1:35 of their match at 113, while Nick Rice pinned Zach Keitel in 1:24 of their match at 132. Likewise, Jeff Hermann won by pinfall over Kendall Ballman at 138 in 1:32 and Roger Cornwell won at 170 over Wyatt Sparks in 30 seconds.
Picking up forfeit victories were Jordan Caballero at 106 and Elliott Stifle at 120.
"When Nick (Rice) pinned Keitel at 132, I thought we had a great opportunity to win the dual if we executed in the follow-up matches," Cunningham said. "Jeff (Hermann) followed up Rice's win with a nice pin at 138, but then the momentum swung almost entirely in Effingham's way for the remainder of the matches. Nick Eby and Alex Hermann both gave nice efforts against the Marchewski brothers, who are very good wrestlers. The other matches we lost were all competitive and in many of them we were winning, we just did not follow through."
In junior varsity action, Robinson won a pair of matches, with Brian Dillery scoring a pin at 160 and Jaime Escobedo picking up a 6-2 win at 285.
"We had some nice JV matches with some of our freshmen getting to show a bit of what the future could be for this deep and hard-working class," Cunningham said.
Team scores - Effingham 45, Robinson 36.
106 - Jordan Caballero (R) won by forfeit.
113 - Landon Shonk (R) pinned Megan Hanna (E) 1:35
120 - Elliott Stifle (R) won by forfeit.
126 - Tanis Lake (R) pinned by Michael Taylor (E) 3:15.
132 - Nick Rice (R) pinned Zach Keitel (E) 1:24.
138 - Jeff Hermann (R) pinned Kendall Ballman (E) 1:32.
145 - Alex Hermann (R) pinned by Brandon Marchewski (E) 3:53.
152 - J.D. Caballero (R) dec. by Andrew Perry (E) 2-0.
160 - Nick Eby (R) pinned by Tyler Marchewski (E) 1:45.
170 - Roger Cornwell (R) pinned Wyatt Sparks (E) :30.
182 - Grayson Wolf (R) pinned by Jarrett Jones (E) 5:30.
195 - Fernando Zuniga (R) pinned by Tanner Loy (E) 3:13.
220 - Evan Evans (E) won by forfeit.
285 - Myles Land (R) pinned by Dylan Lonngren (E) 3:24.