Gerald Silva followed up Schrock’s victory with a win by fall to give the Berries a 50-15 lead. Sandis Carter (160) and Djvon Moore (171) closed out the match with pins for the Berries, giving them a total of nine on the night.
The Berries had a down year last year but look to be much improved.
“We think we’re better than we were last year,” Patacsil said. “We’ve weathered the big Christmas break. We’ve got the same numbers leaving Christmas break as we entered, maybe we lost a couple kids. And everyone is willing to work hard right now. I know there are just a couple weeks left in the regular season, but we can make a lot of improvements between now and then. We’re excited about the end of the year.”
The Logan coach said of the starters that missed Wednesday’s match: “Some of them are injured, some of them have missed some practices because of injuries and some of them missed some practices over Christmas break. It’s just a variety of things.”
The Berries compete at the Woodlan Invite just east of Fort Wayne on Saturday.
“It’s a good tournament for us because it’s very similar to our conference,” Patacsil said. “There are a couple tough teams and the rest are average. We consider ourselves one of those average teams in there and we’ll see if we can compete and get into those upper two or three spots.”
The Berries travel to Class A No. 3 Lewis Cass on Tuesday. The North Central Conference meet is the following Saturday at Huntington North. The Twin Lakes Sectional is on Feb. 1.
“Tuesday we wrestle Cass which will be a tough match, but we’re going in there and trying to get the matchups and give them all they can handle,” Patacsil said. “That Saturday is conference and the conference is wide open.”