IOWA FALLS - Depth is a luxury that Webster City head wrestling coach Ted Larson has at his disposal, and he used it to his advantage here last night.
Juggling his lineup to give the Lynx their best shot at success, Larson pulled all the correct strings in Webster City's 43-32 North Central Conference dual-meet victory over Fort Dodge St. Edmond. WCHS returned to the mat a few minutes later and drilled Iowa Falls-Alden, 70-12, to run its record to 3-0 overall and in the conference.
Larson bumped up seven of his 14 grapplers in the win over St. Edmond and inserted Brandon Jessen into the lineup at 160 pounds for the first time. Jessen made his coach look smart with a win by fall over Kyle Lawler in 2:53, and it started a run of five wins in six matches that put the Lynx over the top.
"That's the luxury that we have with the depth and quality of kids that we have," Larson said. "We can juggle our lineup to get the wins and that was huge for us (last night). If we hadn't done what we did, there's a good possibility we would have come home with a loss."
Brandon Patten jumped up to 170 and owned Jimmy Averill, 11-3. Eighth-ranked (Class 3A) 170-pounder Connor Larson went up to 182 and fended off Dillon Nelson, 4-0. No. 2-ranked 182-pounder Dylan Fielder moved to 195 and stuck Jacob Salisbury in 22 seconds, and heavyweight Landon Johnson finished it off with a fall over Caelon Burlank in 2:50.
St. Edmond won the first four matches - three by fall - to jump out to a 21-0 advantage. Tanner Hoveland (132) stopped the Gaels' momentum with a pin over Teddie Harvey in 3:01, and Tanner Hild (138) followed for the Lynx and showed Matt Stump the lights in 3:44.
Webster City 43, St. Edmond 32
106 - Ryan Szalat (SE) pinned Cole Nokes, 2:37; 113 - Kaden McClintock (SE) pinned Andrew Straw, 2:35; 120 - Colten Lastine (SE) dec. Freddie Seely, 7-0, ; 126 - Nick Johnson (SE) pinned Gage Sadler, 3:07; 132 - Tanner Hoveland (WC) pinned Eddie Harvey, 3:01; 138 - Tanner Hild (WC) pinned Matt Stump, 3:44; 145 - Jake Powers (WC) pinned Parker Huebsch, 1:38; 152 - Teddie Harvey (SE) pinned Alex Oswald, 1:59; 160 - Brandon Jessen (WC) pinned Kyle Lawler, 2:53; 170 - Brandon Patten (WC) major dec. Jimmy Averill, 11-3; 182 - Connor Larson (WC) dec. Dillon Nelson, 4-0; 195 - Dylan Fielder (WC) pinned Jacob Salisbury, 0:22; 220 - Vinnie Harvey (SE) tech. fall Gus Gasca, 15-0 (5:15); 285 - Landon Johnson (WC) pinned Caelon Burlank, 2:50.
Webster City 70, Iowa Falls-Alden 12
113 - Seely (WC) forfeit; 120 - Sadler (WC) pinned Dakota Peterson, 5:25; 126 - Collin Oswald (WC) forfeit; 132 - Luke Bahr (IF-A) pinned Hoveland, 1:11; 138 - Hild (WC) pinned Brandon Kramm, 1:02; 145 - Powers (WC) pinned Mason Eisentrager, 3:29; 152 - A. Oswald (WC) major dec. Mason Ites, 12-2; 160 - Patten (WC) pinned Bryton Tichy, 4:18; 170 - Larson (WC) forfeit; 182 - Fielder (WC) forfeit; 195 - Gasca (WC) pinned Zach Duncan, 1:04; 220 - Tommy Cramer (IF-A) pinned Quinten Westrum, 1:26; 285 - Johnson (WC) pinned Garet Stockwell, 3:27; 106 - Nokes (WC) pinned Dillon Rubow, 0:54.
Jake Powers (145) also won by fall in 1:38 over Parker Huebsch.
But Ted Larson felt the deciding matches came at 160 and 170 where the Brandons - Jessen and Patten - went to work.
"It was big for Brandon Jessen to step in there in his first varsity match," he said. "Not everybody sees what we see in the practice room though, and we know what we've got there. Brandon Jessen and Brandon Patten are going at it in challenge matches and that gives us the ability to step up outside of the room."
WCHS piled up seven wins by fall and a major decision against an Iowa Falls-Alden team that had four holes in its lineup.
Hild, Powers, Patten, Larson, Fielder and Johnson all finished 2-0 on the night and 13 grapplers collected bonus points.
The Lynx will be at home on Saturday to host the Dick Kennedy Memorial Duals. Wrestling from the new WCHS gymnasium will get underway at 10 a.m.