Lynx host quadrangular tonight

NCC dual title potentially at stake vs. CGD, Humboldt; PAC also in attendance

WCHS 145-pounder Luke Rohmiller (right) fends off a takedown attempt by Pocahontas Area’s Clayton Reis on Saturday. They could meet again tonight. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — The North Central Conference tournament championship is the perceived crown jewel among the eight member schools, but the hidden secret is that the dual title is of equal importance.

That’s how Webster City head coach Chad Hisler feels and he’s pushed that message home to his grapplers as they get set for what could be the deciding night for the league dual crown.

The Lynx (5-2, 2-0 NCC) will host conference heavyweights Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (4-0, 4-0 NCC) and Humboldt (8-0, 2-0 NCC), as well as Pocahontas Area (6-5) this evening inside the WCHS gymnasium. They will open up against PAC, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by Humboldt and CGD.

If one of the three NCC teams can walk away unscathed, it will own a commanding lead in the race for the dual title. But Hisler doesn’t want his team to emphasize these duals any more than they do others.

“I’m not going to make it any bigger than it is,” he said. “The kids know that (winning the dual title) is one of our main goals, but it’s not our only goal.”

Five ranked wrestlers (Class 2A) will be in attendance and WCHS holds down two of those spots courtesy of No. 3 Drake Doolittle at 120 and No. 1 Cooper Lawson at 285. Pocahontas Area’s Shea Ruffridge is No. 3 at 113, CGD’s Tanner Abbas is No. 5 at 138 and Humboldt’s Joey Busse is No. 10 at 138.

Ruffridge bumped up to 120 to tangle with Doolittle at Saturday’s Dick Kennedy Memorial Duals and the Lynx returning state bronze medalist prevailed, 6-3, behind a pair of takedowns and a two-point tilt. WCHS won the dual over the Indians, 46-24.

Humboldt has rolled through the early portion of its schedule, but hasn’t faced the competition that WCHS or CGD can boast. The Cowboys claimed both the league dual and tournament titles a season ago and the Lynx would like nothing more than to knock the Cowboys down a peg.

“We know they’ve beaten us the last few years, so we’ll get the kids ready for it,” Hisler said. “They obviously have some good kids back and they’re always ready to wrestle. We’ll have to wrestle our best to beat them.”

WCHS is getting closer to full strength and will be aided this evening by Hunter Hayes (160) and Caleb Olson (220), both of whom will be making their season debuts. Both were varsity regulars a season ago.

Hayes had been wrestling at 170 at the junior varsity level until he could cut enough weight to make 160, while Olson, a second-team all-state linebacker for the WCHS state runner-up football team, has sat until now because of injury.

“Getting two guys in there with more experience should be beneficial to us,” Hisler said.

Hisler expects nail-biting duals against both CGD and Humboldt and that will mean bonus points will, as always, be of the utmost importance.

“In all the big duals, that’s the key,” he said. “We preach it both ways. If you’re winning by seven, try to win by eight to get that extra team point. Go for the major (decision), go for the tech (fall) and for the fall, and then try not to give up those three.”

Following tonight’s quadrangular, WCHS will prepare for Saturday’s always-difficult Don Miller Invitational in Fort Dodge.

Tentative Lineups

Webster City Lynx (5-2, 2-0 NCC)

106 — Trey Nelson, sr (5-5). 113 — Open. 120 — Drake Doolittle, soph (10-1). 126 — Brady Auderer, soph (1-4). 132 — Carson Hartnett, jr (7-3). 138 — Sean Godfredsen, soph (1-4). 145 — Luke Rohmiller, jr (6-4). 152 — Harrison Hayes, jr (4-8). 160 — Hunter Hayes, jr (0-0). 170 — Zane Williams, jr (6-4). 182 — Brandon Peck, sr (8-4). 195 — Rocco Miller, jr (7-4). 220 — Caleb Olson, soph (0-0). 285 — Cooper Lawson, sr (7-0).

CGD Cowboys (4-0, 4-0 NCC)

106 — Tyler Stein, fr (1-9). 113 — Chance Konopasek, fr (6-6). 120 — Ben Oehlert, fr (3-1). 126 — Connor Johnson, jr (4-0). 132 — Chase Murga, fr (1-1). 138 — Tanner Abbas, jr (11-3). 145 — Carter Dietz, soph (5-6). 152 — Dakota Hennigar, sr (7-4). 160 — Sam Wigans, soph (2-1). 170 — Reymundo Vasquez, jr (6-4). 182 — Mason Carpenter, jr (12-3). 195 — Ben Powers, sr (5-1). 220 — Salvador Fregoso, jr (5-5). 285 — Trent McAtee, sr (7-3).

Humboldt Wildcats (8-0, 2-0 NCC)

106 — Cole Nelson, fr (6-7). 113 — Tanner Myer, fr (11-3). 120 — Cresten Craven, fr (11-3). 126 — Corey Kasperbauer, sr (9-5). 132 — Elijah Torres, jr (11-2). 138 — Joey Busse, soph (15-0). 145 — Jaden Kampen, sr (12-3). 152 — Jaxon Kampen, sr (9-1). 160 — Gus Arnold, sr (15-0). 170 — Logan Moser, jr (7-6). 182 — Joel Osborn, soph (9-5). 195 — Brandon Johnson, jr (8-6). 220 — Cole Anderson, soph (9-5). 285 — Justin Jones, soph (3-2).

Pocahontas Area Indians (6-5)

106 — Jacob Mielke, soph (13-2). 113 — Shea Ruffridge, jr (11-2). 120 — Tyler Vick, jr (7-7). 126 — Thomas Melohn, fr (7-7). 132 — Chandler Witzke, fr (8-7). 138 — Cage Arends, fr (10-5). 145 — Clayton Reis, sr (12-3). 152 — Tyler Reis, soph (11-4). 160 — Braxton Long, soph (4-11). 170 — Open. 182 — Drake Jones, fr (2-13). 195 — Open. 220 — Keegan Jepsen, jr (5-10). 285 — Tim Elliott, jr (13-2).

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