Even three late-dual losses couldn’t bring the Thursday’s dual close, as the Dodge City Red Demons boys wrestling team dominated the Colby Eagles.

The Red Demons jumped out to a 43-0 lead in the dual with wins in the 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160 and 170 weight division matches before the Eagles were able to get on the board.

Red Demon head coach Lars Lueders said it felt good to win decisively and get back on track.

“It was a total team effort,” Lueders said. “Everybody looked really good and came out solid and improved a lot.”

Lueders said he thinks the team is getting tougher, something he attributed to the practices the team is doing.

Thursday was a matchup of the No. 7 team in Kansas 6A wrestling against the No. 1 team in 3, 2 and 1A.

Still, the difference in school classifications wasn’t something which Lueders attributed the lopsided win.

“With wrestling it doesn’t matter as much because you’ve got a lot of good 3A, 4A, 5A schools,” Lueders said. “It’s not like maybe some of your other sports where like size matters and speed, like football for example.”

“Colby’s a tough team,” Lueders said. “We’ve been beat by them in the past, and they’re also ranked first in their class. They’re a good solid team and they’re always well coached. The classes don’t really matter as much because it’s more of an individual sport.”

After going up early as a team, Red Demon senior Jullian Galindo, freshman Armondo Monreal and junior Tyler Gonzales all lost to their respective opponents, with Monreal and Gonzales both having been pinned.

That cut the Red Demons’ lead to 43-16 before senior Evan Darville pinned Colby sophomore Declan Ryan in the last eight seconds of the first period.

After that, freshman Damian Mendez won the featured match by major decision over Colby freshman Tyler Voss in what was a matchup of the No. 2 wrestler in the 106 class of 6A against the No. 1 in the 106 class of 3, 2, and 1A.

“I think that our last two guys really finished strong, and really came out firing,” Lueders said. “We wrestled really tough all the way through, and we got that big lead. There’s a lot of maybe toss-up matches in there on paper, and we won all of them. So that’s really good.”

Here were the individual, match by match results:

(#7 in 6A) Dodge City - 53     (#1 in 3-2-1) Colby - 16
113: Ismael Ramirez (DC) maj. Conner Lanning (Colby), 15-3
120: (#3) Couy Weil (DC) pinned Aiden Cook (Colby), 1:31
126: Danny Rojas (DC) pinned Kaden Frahm (Colby), 3:41
132: Edwin Estrada (DC) dec. Wyatt Tubbs (Colby), 9-6
138: (#2) Garrett Edwards (DC) pinned Thomas Dennis (Colby), 4:29
145: Marcelino Otero (DC) dec. Konnor Griffin (Colby), 10-4
152: Josh Bertholf (DC) dec. Cade Lanning (Colby), 6-5
160: (#4) Jashon Taylor (DC) pinned Nick Rehmer (Colby), 1:42
170: Ryan Parga (DC) pinned Colin Carrol (Colby), 2:37
182: (#3) Kory Finley (Colby) maj. Jullian Galindo (DC), 15-5
195: (#2) Hagan Booi (Colby) pinned Armando Monreal (DC), 1:02
220: Rowdy Farr (Colby) pinned Tyler Gonzales (DC), 1:09
285: (#1) Evan Darville (DC) pinned Declan Ryan (Colby), 1:53
106: (#2) Damian Mendez (DC) maj. (#1) Tyler Voss (Colby), 11-2