Westfield — A slow start hurt the Lebanon Tigers Wednesday night at Westfield in a non-conference wrestling dual.
The Shamrocks won the first six matches of the night, and the Tigers couldn't recover in a 54-16 loss.
"We still have to improve on the basics and get a little tougher," Lebanon head coach Jacob King said. "When we are facing higher level competition, we have to come out with more aggression and not get pinned, but get more pins ourselves."
Westfield won the first six weight classes by first-period pin, and none of the matches lasted more than 82 seconds.
King said the Tigers have to find a way to continue to battle when things aren't going their way.
"We have to work on our fundamentals," King said. "We aren't controlling hands, our elbows are out and our heads our down. We have to fight through some of those tough positions. It is a mindset that we have to instill in these kids, that we aren't going to get stuck in a situation, we are going to fight through those tough positions."
Lebanon's first win came at 145 pounds from Evan Bocock.
He was in control the entire match against Westfield's Mason Harpe and came away with an 11-6 win to make it 36-3.
The Tigers' Easton Williamson followed suit with a 17-7 win against Seth Martin at 152 pounds to make it 36-7.
"Those are our leaders and that's what we expect from them," King said. "We want to start getting some more points out of them, but their aggressiveness and fundamentals today were exactly what we expected. They are putting in the hard work day in and day out and I am really pleased with them."
Westfield won the next three matches to officially seal the win, going up 51-7 after the 182-pound weight class.
At 195, Lebanon's Ross Wood was able to win a 4-1 decision over Sam Medlen for the Tigers' third win of the day.
After the Shamrocks won at 220, the Tigers closed the match with a win, as Nick Morgan pinned Kyle Widmer in 13 seconds.
"Nick is a great young wrestler," King said. "He is an aggressive kid, so that was what we were used to seeing out of him. He has had some tough matches this year not go his way, so he needed this win heading to into the meat of the season."
Lebanon will head to the Frankfort Invite on Saturday.
Matches start at 9 a.m.
"We have to go in there ready to fight," King said. "It is going to be a long day against good competition. We just have to be ready for anything that comes our way and fight through it."