CARTHAGE, Mo. — A season opening wrestling dual between Carthage and Carl Junction was deadlocked at 39 when all of the night’s matches had concluded.
The Tigers earned a 40-39 win via tie-breaker, as Carthage won on the sixth criteria due to having less forfeits.
At 106 pounds, Carl Junction’s Carter Fogelson won by fall over Tanner Putt.
Carthage’s Alberto Sales pinned Cole Beezley at 113.
Carl Junction’s Lukas Walker (120) and Sam Melton (126) both won by fall, as the Bulldogs earned wins over Grady Huntley and Emerson Ixcol.
Carthage’s Bradyn Tate pinned Keaton Colburn at 132, but CJ’s Max Matthews won by fall over Brandon Perez at 138.
Carthage’s Joe Pantoja won by forfeit at 144.
At 150, Carthage’s Kip Castor pinned CJ’s Nevan Challenger and Trey Nye won by fall over CJ’s Marcus Lopez-Durman at 157.
At 165, Carl Junction’s Dexter Merrell earned a 10-7 decision over Gabe Lambeth.
The Bulldogs also won matches at 175 and 190, as Tony Stewart pinned Alexander Hernandez Guzman and Cody Berry won by fall over Hector Escobar.
Carthage’s Alexander Salas-Marquez pinned Blake Starks at 215 and Carthage’s David Recinos earned a 7-1 decision over Donnie Keith.
Carthage will host Cassville and Berryville on Dec. 6. Carl Junction will host Joplin on Thursday.