JEWELL - The scoreboard told a story - one that gave the hint of a close dual.
The action on the mat told a completely different story though, one that ended with South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie knowing that his team has got a lot of work to do.
Saydel handed over 12 free points via two open weights in its lineup, but the Eagles had more than enough in their arsenal to power past the Hawks, 39-30, in the first Heart of Iowa Conference dual of the season last night.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
South Hamilton sophomore JD Rader (right), third-ranked at 120 pounds in Class 1A, attempts to drag Saydel’s Grant Sherman back towards the center of the mat during their bout last night in Jewell. Rader notched a 3-0 decision, but the Eagles spoiled the Hawks’ home debut by winning the dual, 39-30.
Starting at 138 pounds, the visitors stormed out to a 22-0 lead, courtesy of three falls and a major decision, and were never seriously threatened in their introduction to their new conference. The Eagles owned a 58-23 advantage in match points, piled up 15 takedowns to South Hamilton's five, and turned the Hawks for 20 near-fall points while never surrendering a back point themselves.
"We kind of took it on the chin (last night)," South Hamilton second-year head coach Dan Brodie said. "We have a lot of underclassmen and inexperience in the lineup, and I think we kind of relaxed in the practice room. That's got to change because you could definitely tell which team was ready to go when they stepped on the mat."
Seven of Saydel's eight wins came with bonus points on four falls and three major decisions. South Hamilton collected four wins on the mat, two by way of pins.
Saydel 39, South Hamilton 30
138 - Brody Harrison (S) pinned Luke Jacoby, 4:22; 145 - Dylan Coffin (S) pinned Colten Griffin, 0:30; 152 - Jake Sherman (S) major dec. Max Reiter, 10-2; 160 - Amos Wright (S) pinned Jacob Haugland, 0:33; 170 - Hunter Griffin (SH) pinned Jeremy Stalker, 2:26; 182 - Brady Clabaugh (SH) forfeit; 195 - Logan Koopman (SH) forfeit; 220 - Tyler Stocker (S) pinned Colton Mohr, 0:35; 285 - Josh Lutter (SH) pinned Alex Vockings, 1:15; 106 - Justin Repsch (S) major dec. Charlie Reiter, 11-1; 113 - Cody Hardin (S) major dec. Brian Greenfield, 9-1; 120 - JD Rader (SH) dec. Grant Sherman, 3-0; 126 - Austin Moen (S) dec. Austin Roys, 6-0; 132 - Jordan Toillion (SH) dec. Marshall Anderson, 7-1.
South Hamilton sophomore 170-pounder Hunter Griffin ended the Eagles' early assault with a second-period fall over Jeremy Stalker. Griffin led 3-2 after the initial two minutes and then used a headlock to throw Stalker to his back early in the second.
"It was nice to see Hunter go out and wrestle hard," Brodie said. "He's one of those inexperienced kids, but he's tough as nails and as soon as we get him some technique he's going to be solid."
Two forfeit wins for Brady Clabaugh at 182 and Logan Koopman at 195, and a pin by Josh Lutter at heavyweight pulled the Hawks within 28-24 after nine weights. Lutter, a junior and first-year grappler, pushed Alex Vockings around the circle for a minute before planting him on his backside for the fall in 1:15.
Saydel strung together back-to-back major decision wins at 106 and 113 to climb in front 36-24 before the Hawks' third-ranked (Class 1A) 120-pound sophomore JD Rader stopped the flow with a 3-0 decision over Grant Sherman. After a scoreless first period, Rader got an escape and then executed a textbook double-leg takedown in the opening minute of the second period to seize command. He rode Sherman out over the final four minutes.
"JD's kid was solid and (Rader's) not a pinner, but he doesn't give up points either," Brodie said. "But JD is going to have to realize that he's got a target on his back all year. He's going to have to bring it every single match whether he thinks it's a good opponent or not."
Saydel clinched the win at 126 when Austin Moen blanked the Hawks' Austin Roys, 6-0.
Jordan Toillion closed out the dual on a high note for South Hamilton with a 7-1 decision over Marshall Anderson. Toillion scored takedowns in the first and third periods, and added a reversal and stall point in the second.
The Hawks will head to Manson on Saturday for the Manson-Northwest Webster Invite. Wrestling will begin at 10 a.m.