By Kristian Gejac, Staff Writer
The Newman wrestling team picked up its first win after a five-dual losing streak.
The no. 22 ranked Jets defeated no.15 Maryville 24-18 on Jan. 26 in St. Louis, Mo.
The win improves the season record to 3-5.
The win comes only a day after losing to no. 6 ranked Lindenwood 36-7.
Head Wrestling Coach Ryan Smith was pleased with the result.
“It couldn’t have come at a better time.” Smith said. “We dropped some duals when we probably shouldn’t have… so picking up that win against a top 20 team is a big deal.”
The Jets had the opportunity to build on their win against Maryville but were beaten by conference opponents Nebraska-Kearney, who were ranked second in the nation at the start of the season, 35-9.
The team aims to keep pushing to be the best out there.
“As a team, we want to be the toughest in the country. Our aim is to take all 10 guys to the nationals and be the national champions,” sophomore Noah Perkins said.
It remains business as usual for the Jets as they get ready for their next challenge.
“Preparation is no different than it has been. The guys are in there doing what they need to do to be ready.” Smith said.
Due to the winter weather, yesterday’s dual against Pratt Community College was canceled.
Wrestling will conclude its regular season 7 p.m. Wednesday against Fort Hays State.
PHOTO: WRESTLING WILL CONCLUDE its regular season 7 p.m. Wednesday against Fort Hays State. Courtesy photo, Newman Athletics