It was going to be a challenge and area wrestlers knew that from the beginning when they took on the best in the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday.
On Wednesday evening, the young Utica Redskins wrestling team learned a few hard lessons. They also gave their fans reason for hope — in the post season and beyond.
The Utica Redskins wrestling team, led by a pair of individual first place finishers, Dawson Smith (120 pounds) and Matt Seifert (126 pounds), scored 198 team points to place third at the annual Utica Wrestling Invitational on Saturday.
The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets did the two things they needed to do on Tuesday evening: Put together a total team effort, and not look past the Mansfield Senior Tygers, despite having bigger challenges ahead.