ARKANSAS CITY — The Newton High School wrestling team finished 2-3 Saturday at the Arkansas City Dual Meet Invitational.
Newton claimed four first-place finishes at the meet.
Newton downed Maize 42-34 and Newkirk, Okla., 42-30. The Railers fell to Arkansas City 42-29, Stillwater, Okla., 52-21 and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 37-35.
Newton finished fourth in the team standings. Stillwater won, followed by Kapaun, Arkansas City, Newton, Newkirk and Maize.
"We peformed better than I had anticipated," Newton coach Jack Thaw said. "Our veteran wrestlers won four first-place and one second-place."
Winning titles for the Railers (all at 5-0) were freshman Logan Treaster at 106 pounds, Jared Langley at 182 pounds, Haydon Mock at 195 pounds and Raymond Gallegos at heavyweight.
"Logan Treaster beat four well-experienced wrestlers by fall, and in our final match, decisioned Andrew Egan of Kapaun, an experienced three-year veteran," Thaw said. "Logan was very technical on his takedowns and cradles for back points. Jared Langley continues to wrestler well, pinning four and decisioning a high-ranked wrestler from Stillwater, Jordon Diennger 5-3.
"Haydon Mock looked extremely poised and technical, also finishing 5-0. He defeated two very good wrestlers on his way to the first-place medal. Raymond Gallegos continues to look good, winning all five matches by pin and forfeit (four pins)."
Noah Ornales at 220 pounds, finished second at 4-1.
"Noah Ornales lost his first match in overtime (3-2)," Thaw said. "Noah wrestled very well, defeating two high technical wrestlers."
Other Railer wrestlers competing included Caleb Nelson (1-4, 113 pounds), Justice Grant (0-5, 120), Jeremy Christensen (1-4, 126), Trevor Pryor (1-4, 132), Robert Lyles (0-5, 138), Jayden Anderson (1-4, 145), Robert Loeffler (1-4, 152), Justin McBeth (1-4, 160) and Cordell Clark (0-5, 170).
"Overall as a team, we wrestled well," Thaw said. "We had some problems from the bottom position, but overall, our top position and takedown position is getting better. The kids are young and lack experience, but the dual tournament did help us. We had a lot of fan support. The kids seem to be enjoying the season, and are anxious to get better."
Newton is 3-4 in dual meets and host Derby at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by the Douglass Goodwill Invitational Saturday.