COLUMBUS, Kan. - Justin Gibson had to sleep a little easier Tuesday night after his Wardog wrestlers earned a split in their season-opening double-dual with Carthage, Mo., and host Columbus.
The Wardogs dropped a 52-19 decision to Carthage, but bounced back to chalk up a 43-30 win against Columbus.
“We finished OK tonight,” Gibson said. “Our kids wrestled well. I think Carthage is going to be pretty good and Columbus wasn't bad. We can just go up from here.”
Miami had three wrestlers pick up wins in both of their outings.
4 Senior 119-pounder Bryson Williams pinned Nick Jones of Carthage at 1:11 then notched a 16-0 technical fall against Columbus' Dannette O'Hara.
4 Senior 130-pounder Jon Smith eked out an 8-4 decision against Josh Mason of Carthage then routed Kyle Johnson of Columbus, 11-2.
4 Senior 152-pounder Jed Gibson won a 14-1 major decision over Carthage's Steven Maturino. He also pinned Damion Tinnin of Columbus at 1:09 of the second round after trailing 5-0 and almost getting pinned himself.
“Our shape wasn't as good as it should be, but I was proud of everybody's effort,” Justin Gibson said.
Miami's only other points against Carthage came when Tyler Johnson won by forfeit at 189.
It was a different story against Columbus as the Wardogs jumped out to a 31-0 lead.
Tim Hall got a first-period pin over Jacob York at 103 and J.J. Herring logged a 13-3 major decision against Zac Mullere at 112. Williams picked up his technical fall, then Colby Anderson won by forfeit at 125.
Smith pushed the score to 25-0 and Blaine Fields pinned Nick Thomas with just 34.5 seconds left in their 135-pound match. Fields had trailed 6-2 in the first period then rallied.
C.J. Napier, who won a state title last year as a freshman, got the Titans' first points when he pinned Jacob Brewer at 3:20, then B.J. O'Hara pinned Eli Marquez with 32.3 seconds left in the first period of their 145-pound match.
The pin by Jed Gibson and a forfeit win by Brandon Harkins at 160 gave Miami an insurmountable 43-12 advantage.
Columbus got two pins and a pair of decisions in the last four matches of the night to create the final margin.
Carthage dropped Columbus 60-13 in the night's other match.
Miami is idle until next Thursday, when it travels to Coweta.