Things started off on the wrong foot for the Morris wrestling team on Thursday night against DeKalb. For the most part, the Redskins were all off kilter from there against the Barbs, absorbing a 54-15 loss in Northern Illinois Big 12 East action.
The meet started out at the 138-pound weight class where Drake Dryfhout had to injury default and the very next weight, Cody Decker lost by fall and in the process had his schnoz roughed up.
"Things didn't go well for us from the start," Morris coach Jon Lanning said. "Dryfhout got a concussion in the first match and then Decker broke his nose."
Morris won just five bouts on the night with state qualifiers Nik Countryman and Kenny Baldridge getting two of them. Countryman won by fall against Logan Chace and Baldridge won a low-scoring bout against Nick Roach. The other state qualifier for the Redskins — Justin Barkley — lost by technical fall to Doug Johnson.
"I thought we'd do a lot better than we did tonight. But it happens. We had an off night," Morris 160-pounder Trevor Albert said. "The kid that Barkley wrestled is really, really good. I remember wrestling him in the eighth grade. And Nick Roach is a state qualifier from last year. I thought Kenny did really good against him."
Albert won by fall in 2:27 for the Redskins. Ryan Kowalczyk at 170 was the other Morris victor.
"I don't know if this was a typical night for us, but we are wrestling pretty good right now," DeKalb coach Mike Pater said. "It's nice to come in to a town like Morris and win a conference match. Usually these conference matches are tightly contested."
Most of the rest of Thursday's bouts were not tightly contested. Except at 285 where Andrew Faught and Wes Leffelman went double overtime before Leffelman for the 2-1 win.
"Andrew wrestled a really good match," Albert said.
"Andrew did a nice job," Lanning concurred. "We've been working on some things with him. He's a lighter heavyweight, so we've been telling him that he doesn't need to go full out all the time. We're working on him being patient and waiting for his spots."
As a sum of the whole night, however, Lanning had to simply admit that DeKalb was the better team on Thursday.
"They're a good team. We were outmanned tonight," he said.
Morris is now 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the NIB12E while DeKalb moves to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in league action.