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Random thoughts on regional duals

February 12, 2014 - Troy Banning
Just some random thoughts on last night’s Class 2A regional duals now that I’ve finally made it home from Humboldt (it’s 1 a.m.) without falling asleep. I had plenty of time to think on the drive.

I asked Ted Larson Sunday night if he thought Humboldt would bump up its big guys when the Wildcats faced Webster City. His reply: “No, (Humboldt coach Chad) Beaman doesn’t do that. He’ll stick with his guys where they’re normally at.” At the time I secretly thought, “I think you’re wrong, Ted.”

In the minutes before the final dual I told Lynx assistant coach Chad Hisler that I had a gut feeling Humboldt was going to bump up from 170 pounds to 220 and, again, I heard, “No, they won’t do that. Maybe they’ll bump up (Reed) Dreyer to 220, but nobody else.”

So, I ask you Chad Hisler, who’s the mad genius now!?!?

Sorry, publicly gloating is one of my pet peeves. But, COME ON, I’ve got to brag this up a little bit. I nailed it when everyone else gave me that poor, pity look!

Every win was instrumental in Webster City’s win over Humboldt and the heavyweight battle between No. 4 Gavin Dinsdale and No. 5 Dylan Hendricks was epic. But my Wrestling Shoes (I can’t really say Game Ball) would definitely go to Lynx 113-pounder Cole Nokes with 120-pounder Freddie Seeley running in second. Those two wins in what many deemed pick ‘em matches put WCHS over the top. Good job, guys.

The dual was extraordinary … the best I’ve seen all year without even a close second, if I’m being honest. The fans were loud, the matches were wild and both teams conducted themselves perfectly. That bozo from Texas Tech (the fan … you know who I’m talking about) could’ve learned a thing or two on proper sportsmanship had he been in the stands at Humboldt High School Tuesday night.

A quick look ahead to the state duals; Webster City (23-3) enters as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 seed Davenport Assumption (19-3) in the quarterfinals next Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. These two teams also met in the same round two years ago; Assumption won and went on to claim the Class 2A state championship, while WCHS rebounded with back-to-back wins to place fifth.

With eight ranked individuals there’s no doubt that Davenport Assumption will be favored. Two years ago I remember thinking that WCHS would do well to stay within 20 points of the Knights, but this isn’t two years ago. I honestly think the Lynx are a scary seven seed and with their firepower up top anything can happen. In other words, I very much doubt Assumption will be looking ahead.

Lastly, the North Central Conference will be well represented at state duals. Clear Lake is also in the 2A field and Clarion-Goldfield made it in 1A. It’s too bad Humboldt won’t get the chance to compete … the Wildcats deserve it, too.

I’m out.

 
 

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