The Hinton wrestling team tackled tough competition Thursday in a triangular with Sioux City Heelan, Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Storm Lake at Heelan.
The Blackhawks were 1-2 on the night in duals, but finished 16-5 overall in matches wrestled. That stat has been coach Kyle Lewis' motivating factor for the team with forfeits keeping dual wins at a minimum. Since winter break, it seems to be working well, Lewis said.
"It's been working as a motivating factor and we're competitive, so that's a plus," Lewis said. "Each match I'm expecting them to win. I would say all but one of our matches tonight we were in. The other four that we lost were close and could have gone either way. That's what I'm hoping to see."
Hinton opened against host Heelan and scored a rare dual win 36-33 over the Crusaders.
With nine combined forfeits between to the two clubs, only five matches were wrestled and the Blackhawks won four.
Doug Koithan pinned Alex Pick in 3:55 at 152 pounds, Class 1A No. 1-ranked Marcus Edgington won by fall over Cody Osborn in 3:06 at 160, Andrew Quandt pinned Chad Macziewski in 1:50 at 189 and Cameron Wankum won by fall over Alex Flores in 3:21 at 215.
Michael Edgington (145) and Eric Held (171) also helped Hinton to the dual win with forfeits.
"They beat us the last time we wrestled them, so we got them this time," Lewis said. "We had all our guys go out and pin and that's what we needed. They were pumped up and it was good."
The Blackhawks then faced War Eagle Conference rival SB-L and lost 51-27, unable to compete with the Warriors' full lineup.
Hinton had four wins in the dual, including Devin DeRocher at 119 by 6-4 decision over Eric Lindsey. Michael Edgington added a pin of Cory Petersen in 35 seconds at 145, Wankum won by fall over John Aguirre in 1:56 at 189 and Quandt pinned Brett Miller in 48 seconds at 215. Marcus Edgington also received a forfeit at 160.
Hinton wrapped the night with a 51-24 dual loss to Storm Lake, scoring five wins in the setback.
Michael Edgington slipped by Ryan Lovestad with a 3-0 decision, while brother Marcus pinned Tony Pertzborn in 2:35 at 160. Eric Held pinned Jose Ramos in 2:31 at 171, Quandt pinned Michael Eades in 3:33 at 189 and DeRocher won by 7-5 decision over Chris Rios at 119.
The Blackhawks will now have a week off before returning to the mat for a double dual with Sioux City East and Sioux Falls Lincoln Thursday at East.