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For the first time ever, the Muscatine High School wrestling team had a champion on the podium at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawk invitational. As the Muskie wrestling team continues to succeed, they appear well positioned to succeed in postseason competition.
On Saturday, January 12th, Mathias faced off against a grueling gauntlet of challengers to claim his first-place win, making Muskie history. His coach, Joseph Kane, could not have felt prouder of Mathias’s achievements, and of his improvement over his last several meets. “Shane’s performances Thursday and Saturday were what we’ve been looking for out of him all season. He got aggressive in all positions. He has been hitting great setups all season on his feet, but we’ve been looking for him to commit to more attacks and score on more shots. Thursday and Saturday Shane was scoring from his shots, scoring from the bottom, and scoring pins on top.”
Mathias’s recent victories contributed to the overall success of his team at their last several meets. At a pivotal meet on Thursday, January 10th, the Muskies defeated Cardinal, Mediapolis, and WACO in a series of dual matches, bringing their season standings to 10-3. Though the J-Hawk meet pitted the Muskies up against a series of tough competitors, the team still finished fifth out of ten–a respectable position in such a tough competition. Though not as strong a finish as some of their recent ones, Kane still believes his team can learn from the experience and use it to keep their positive momentum going. “Saturday at the J-Hawk we underperformed as a team in spite of winning a few tough matches. Dalton Sell and Brennan Broders are great wrestlers and lost tough semi-final bouts. With the right attitude in training, they will bounce back and win the big matches next time.”
As the district meet approaches, Kane knows his team will use all their experiences this season to develop the right attitude and skills to succeed.

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