The Payson Longhorns’ wrestling team is starting the season at a slight disadvantage.
At its first meet Nov. 26 in Fountain Hills it took only eight wrestlers and had matches with Bourgade, Parker and host Fountain Hills.
Jacob Spear, Joey Garcia, Garrett McNeeley, Derek Williams, Colton Ludke, Ben Lee, Ben Sandoval and Jacob Cluff wrestled for the Horns.
Spear won his matches with Bourgade and Fountain Hills, losing to Parker.
Garcia had a single match, beating his Parker opponent.
McNeeley and Lee won all three of their matches.
Williams had two matches, winning one with Bourgade and losing to Parker.
Ludke lost matches to Bourgade and Parker and did not wrestle a Fountain Hills opponent.
Sandoval wrestled opponents from Bourgade and Fountain Hills and won both on points, 10-0 with Bourgade and 9-1 with Fountain Hills.
Cluff won his match with Parker 17-0 with a technical fall and with a 6-4 score, he won his Fountain Hills match.
The wrestlers will host Blue Ridge, Show Low and Snowflake in a multi-meet starting at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Wilson Dome.