FOREST CITY - Tanner Hoveland set the pace and Ryan Ferrari came through in a new spot for the Webster City wrestling team here last night.
Hoveland and Ferrari opened the dual with Forest City with back-to-back wins at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively, and the Lynx buried the Indians early in a 38-26 non-conference victory.
"I was real proud of how we fought and how battled (last night)," WCHS head coach Ted Larson said. "It was a big way to get things started for us because we weren't real sure how (132 and 138) were going to turn out. We worked this week on being aggressive right off the whistle and (Hoveland and Ferrari) showed that."
WCHS (7-4) captured wins at eight of the first 10 weights to build a 38-6 cushion. The Lynx won five consecutive from 152 to 195, building a 13-0 advantage in takedowns during the stretch.
Forest City (10-2) - its two losses have now come against North Central Conference competition, the other coming at the hands of Clear Lake - took the final four bouts to close the gap.
Alex Oswald (152), Connor Larson (160), Brandon Patten (170), Nelson Ball (182), Dylan Fielder (195) and Landon Johnson (285) joined Hoveland and Ferrari as winners for the Lynx.
Webster City 38, Forest City 26
132 - Tanner Hoveland (WC) major dec. Derrick Wubben, 16-2; 138 - Ryan Ferrari (WC) pinned Landon Josten, 3:48; 145 - Beau Sorensen (FC) dec. Jake Powers, 10-4; 152 - Alex Oswald (WC) major dec. John Lawsen, 12-4; 160 - Connor Larson (WC) pinned Cade Baker, 0:54; 170 - Brandon Patten (WC) forfeit; 182 - Nelson Ball (WC) dec. Tyler Prescott, 10-4; 195 - Dylan Fielder (WC) dec. Jake Staudt, 6-0; 220 - Tyler Putney (FC) dec. Gus Gasca, 9-3; 285 - Landon Johnson (WC) pinned Zach Laidig, 2:53; 106 - Andrew Mettry (FC) tech fall Cole Nokes, 16-0 (5:48); 113 - Pierce Gelhaus (FC) dec. Freddie Seeley, 10-8; 120 - Michael Messersmith (FC) pinned Gage Sadler, 1:38; 126 - Blake Jacobs (FC) pinned Collin Oswald, 1:53.
Hoveland gave up only a reversal in a 16-2 major decision thumping of Derrick Wubben, and Ferrari - wrestling at 138 for the first time this season in place of Tanner Hild, who was out with a sore back and a touch of the flu - pushed the momentum squarely into the Lynx camp with a fall over Landon Josten in 3:48. Ferrari and Josten were locked in a tight match when the WCHS freshman ended it.
Oswald used six takedowns to blister John Lawsen by major decision, 12-4, and Connor Larson quickly put Cade Baker in a cradle and showed him the lights in 54 seconds to put WCHS ahead 20-3.
Patten had the easiest night - he was awarded the win by forfeit - and Ball jumped into rotation to beat Tyler Prescott, 10-4. Ball piled up four takedowns to break Prescott.
Fielder, ranked No. 2 (Class 3A) at 182, bumped up yet again and controlled Jake Staudt for a 6-0 shutout.
Johnson, 10th-ranked, clinched the victory for WCHS two matches later when he stuck Zach Laidig in 2:53. After a scoreless first period, Johnson notched a quick reversal and cinched in a power half to put Laidig on his back for good.
Ted Larson said that his team's depth again was a big key, as the Lynx shuffled the lineup around to get the match-ups in their favor.
"We juggled things a little bit because they did and, once again, that's the nice thing about having the depth that we have," he said. "We can pretty much follow anybody if they try to dodge us at certain weights."
WCHS will now have a two-week break before it returns to the mat on Thursday, Jan. 3 for an important conference double-dual against Humboldt and Clear Lake in Humboldt.