Raven Ahrens and James Marshall-Davis accounted for the only wins for the Evanston wrestling team Thursday night in a 47-7 loss to rival New Trier in a Central Suburban League South division dual meet.
Team captain Ahrens scored an 11-3 decision over Charlie Conner at 182 pounds and Marshall-Davis topped Wes Elias 13-6 at 132.
Marshall-Davis’ win in the first bout of the night staked the Wildkits to an early lead before they fell to 17-4 overall and 1-2 in CSL South competition.
Among Evanston’s losers in the featured bout of the dual was David Rivera, who lost to New Trier’s Colin Kenyon 6-4 at 120 pounds. Kenyon is a returning state qualifier and both grapplers are threats to qualify for State once they drop down to their “normal” weight class at 113.
Rivera rallied to within 5-4 in the final 30 seconds but couldn’t pull the trigger on another scoring move.
“David was the one who was doing the shooting on the other guy’s legs, but he did get caught out of position on a couple of counters,” said ETHS coach Rudy Salinas. “So right now he’s beating himself up because of that. Now we as coaches have to help him forget about it.
“Raven wrestled well enough to win, but he left a couple of takedowns out there, too. We let a lot of points out there tonight, and they know it and they feel bad about it. Even if we had won this dual tonight we’d still be talking about things that we know we have to work on. We have to keep working and keep grinding. We’re all on the same page, because they know there were some winnable matches out there tonight.”
Evanston will compete Friday and Saturday at the Russ Erb Tournament hosted by Glenbrook South.