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AUBURN — Although the meet ended with six straight forfeits, Auburn took care of business on the mat.

The Maroons won five of the seven matches against the RedHawks, as the Auburn wrestling team beat Central Square, 46-36, at Auburn High School Wednesday.

For Maroons coach Andy Corbett, his team's strength is their conditioning.

"I had a conversation with coach (John) Alberici about the same thing. They're just in better shape than anybody they've competed against," Corbett said. "We've done a good job of getting them in good shape. Even if a kid is better than them in the first period, they can stay after them and use their conditioning to beat them in the second or third period."

Auburn's Keyshin Cooper wrapped up his opponent midway through the second period in the 170 pound match. Lucas Hogan (182) then took an 8-0 lead in the next match and pinned his opponent in the final ticks of the second.

"Keyshin continues to bloom. He was on the team last year, but he didn't compete. He's wrestling really well for us and is ranked third or fourth in the section," Corbett said. "Lucas Hogan? The same thing. He's coming along very well. He's a sophomore and we're expecting a lot out of him at 182."

Liam McLoughlin, a 138-pounder bumped up to 145, trailed 2-1 after the first period, but took control with a reversal and a near fall. The junior went on to win the match 12-3.

"He outscored the kid 11-1 the rest of the match and almost pinned him twice," Corbett said.

Two more Maroons were victorious in close matches. Hunter Duger (160) won by a 2-1 decision, while Alex Ansteth (152) won his match 4-3.

The meet, which began with the Maroons' Jack Bennink (126) and a RedHawks wrestler receiving forfeits, ended with six more. Auburn's Mike Hamilton wasn't given an opponent at 220, the Maroons didn't have a 285, 99 or 106 pounder, and Luca Pirozzolo (113) and Jamyr Grimes (120) were awarded forfeits to wrap up the meet.

Auburn wrestles in the Cazenovia Invitational on Saturday. The Maroons are hoping for a similar showing to their performance at the Port Byron Mid-Winter Tournament last weekend, when they had nine wrestlers place, five make it to the finals and three win their weight class.

"There will be a lot of the guys we saw at Port Byron, so we're expecting good turnouts again down there," Corbett said. "We usually do pretty well down at Caz, so hopefully we'll have a couple champions."

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Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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