The second wrestling dual of the season was a tall task for the Capital City Cavaliers.
The Union Wildcats won all eight contested matchups Tuesday, taking the dual 47-30 at Capital City High School.
"They're a tough team, they'll be tough in Class 3 this year," Capital City coach Mitch Werdehausen said of Union. "Their football team is still playing, but they've got an athletic group out."
The Cavaliers lost seven of those matches by fall, and the eighth was by technical fall.
"Our guys need to rise to the challenge, because our schedule is just going to get harder," Werdehausen said. "We have to work harder in the wrestling room and see where we come out."
Eli Jenkins lasted into the third period before he was pinned by Union's Bowen Ward at 160 pounds.
Eli Schuemann held an early 4-0 lead against Joey Marcink at 138, but Marcink quickly scored a reversal that turned into a first-period pin.
Keaton Schrage (145) and Ty Wood (152) were pinned in the second period, while Austin Feely (113), Ethyn Otto (170) and Jabari Hubbard (182) suffered first-period pins.
AJ Kempker lost by technical fall to Union's Sam Inman at 126.
"We have to get more aggressive," Werdehausen said. "We were kind of lackadaisical. We just have to move more, we have to get hand control. It's just basic fundamentals that we didn't do tonight, and it showed."
Union's lineup consisted of three returning state qualifiers, including Ryder Kuenzel at 170. Kuenzel placed fourth in Class 3 at 170 last season.
"They didn't do anything fancy," Werdehausen said. "They were just more fundamental and more physical."
Capital City won its five matches by forfeit. Sterling Wheatley (120), Elias Willmeno (132), Kaleob Latham (195), Ian Nelson (220) and Hurley Jacobs (285) won those forfeits for the Cavaliers.
Capital City (1-1) will wrestle against St. James and Potosi next Tuesday at St. James.
"It's early, and we're not at our weight classes yet," Werdehausen said. " Next week, most of our kids should be down to the desired weight that they want to wrestle. We'll take a look at our lineup then."
Capital City won the JV dual 48-0.
Landon Wilbers won by fall in 1:55 at 160, while Matt Boyer won by fall in 1:46 at 182. Bishop Boyd (120), Ted Krause (132), Isaak Nelson (145), Justin Sullens (152), Jacob Weaver (170) and Brandon Sorrell (285) all won by forfeit.
In the girls wrestling dual, Union defeated Capital City 30-12.
Trinity Colvard (102) and Izzy Eitel (107) both won by forfeit for the Lady Cavaliers. Emily White lost by fall in :24 to Union's Gianna Schrek at 174.