Madison's wrestling team claimed three team wins in the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday.

The Cubs (6-3) opened the day with a 51-18 loss to 11th-ranked New Palestine and then dropped one to host Columbus North 41-26. Madison then reeled off three straight wins starting with a tight 31-30 decision over Edgewood, a 55-20 win over Brown County and a 44-18 win over Shelbyville to finish the day.

"We saw some very good competition this weekend and despite not fielding a full squad we still managed to hold our own," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "We still have several things we need to work on as we move forward but after the big layoff due to the weather it is promising."

Madison had several wrestlers go unbeaten in the invitational. Going 5-0 for the Cubs were senior Jordan Partee (160 pounds) and juniors Chris Tingle (132) and Tanner Young (170).

Partee, ranked seventh in the state, had a thrilling 6-5 triple overtime win over Edgewood's Gabe Koontz to improve to 9-0 on the season.

"Koontz is a very good wrestler who came at Jordan with everything he had and Partee won the battle," Skinner said. "It was a good early season test and win for Jordan."

Young also moved to 9-0 on the season despite a couple of close matches on the day. Tingle improved to 8-1 on the season with eight-straight wins dating back to his opening match loss against Batesville.

"Tanner has really looked strong out there. He needs to work on a few things with his top work but is putting a good early season run together," Skinner said. "Even though Chris made it to semistate last year I think he is really dominating here of late and has vastly improved since last year."

Madison's other ranked senior wrestler, 14th-ranked Mitchell Sandlin, finished the day 3-2 in a loaded 195-pound weight class. Sandlin's two losses came against No. 1 ranked Brian Wagner of New Palestine 9-3 and then in a tight 4-2 match to sixth-ranked Damien Chambers of Edgewood, who later in the day upset Wagner.

"Mitchell had several tough matches and realizes these matches, even though they are in the loss column, will prepare him for a state run," Skinner said.

Juniors Chayce Young (126) and Trenton Dempler (132) each went 4-1 to improve to 8-1 on the season, and junior Alex Moore (182) went 3-1 to move to 6-2.

"Our junior class has really stepped up this year," Skinner said. "Some of our guys really get wound up tight and try to force things instead of enjoying the moment and letting things flow. I really feel as a tourney team we could really place well at this week's Jeff Classic."

Also the Cubs had two freshmen, Brent Spradley (120) and Corbin Hughes (182), earn their first career varsity wins.

Madison travels to the Jeff Classic this Friday and Saturday. Eleven Cubs have earned a seven seed or better in the event with both Partee and Tanner Young claiming No. 1 seeds. Wrestling gets under way at 5 p.m. on Friday at Jeffersonville High School and then at 10 a.m. on Saturday.