Short-handed AGWSR still scraps

Ali Gerbracht of AGWSR works to maintain control of Wapsie Valley’s Gavin Leistikow during the Cougars’ first home meet of the season last week. Gerbracht won both of her matches for the night. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

ACKLEY – Even though AGWSR can fill just seven of 14 weight classes, Cougars’ head coach Chad Gerbracht likes the way his team members compete.

Right down to the last match wrestled of the night in which Keaton Penning wrestled to a 7-6 loss by decision against A-P/GC’s Nathan Klahsen, coach Gerbracht was happy with the fight in the 36-30 loss to Wapsie Valley and 51-20 defeat against the Falcons.

“I just told them in the team meeting that I liked their grit,” coach Gerbracht said. “They didn’t quit, they put up a fight, they battled in there. There are some positions that we need to be better at, but they’re receptive to it.

“Hey, we’ve got some video to watch to improve on..."

The full story appears in the Dec. 26 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.