Lynx roll past Hampton-Dumont behind falls, forfeits

Nelson, Rohmiller, Miller and Olson all deck opponents, three of them in first period

Lynx 182-pounder Brandon Peck (back) looks to maintain control against the Bulldogs’ Dalton Chipp. Peck hung on for a 15-10 victory and WCHS downed the Bulldogs, 57-24. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

WEBSTER CITY — Falls and forfeits — one of them is celebrated while the other is, oftentimes begrudgingly, accepted.

They both provide maximum team points and get enough of them and duals are rarely close.

Webster City was on the receiving end of plenty of both last night, as the Lynx kicked off 2017 by blasting North Central Conference rival Hampton-Dumont, 57-24, in a dual that took just 35 minutes to complete.

WCHS (10-3, 4-1 NCC), ranked No. 16 in Class 2A, picked up a combined nine falls and forfeits and owned a 27-12 advantage in bonus points over the short-handed Bulldogs (1-10, 1-4 NCC), who were open at five weights.

“Scoring as many team points as we can in a dual with falls, that’s what we always focus on and that was good to see,” WCHS head coach Chad Hisler said. “But there are still some things our young guys need to work on. We gave up some falls.”

The victory kept the Lynx in second-place in the league dual standings, but they’ll need to win out and have another NCC group upset Clarion-Goldfield-Dows down the stretch if they want to collect a piece of the title.

Last night’s dual was tied at 24 after eight weights, but WCHS was able to reel off the final six weights to comfortably stroll to the victory.

Trey Nelson (106 pounds), Luke Rohmiller (145), Rocco Miller (195) and Caleb Olson (220) all secured pins for the Lynx. Second-ranked Drake Doolittle (120), Brady Auderer (132), Cade Felts (138), Zane Williams (170) and James Cherry (285) were sweat-free winners courtesy of the forfeits, and Brandon Peck (182) claimed victory in the only match that went six minutes.

Williams’ forfeit ignited the late run that put the dual out of reach. Peck followed with hard-fought 15-10 decision over Dalton Chipp to up the lead to 33-24.

Things went quick from there.

Miller needed just 24 seconds to deck Logan Walker, and Olson’s bout with Connor Donaldson lasted just one second longer. Following Cherry’s forfeit, Nelson closed out the dual by flattening the Bulldogs’ Jaycob Martzahn in 1:13.

The competition will ramp up significantly on Saturday when the Lynx head to Marshalltown for the Allie Morrison Duals, which will begin at 9 a.m. They’ll clash with second-ranked (2A) Solon, eighth-ranked (3A) Johnston and 18th-ranked (3A) Norwalk in pool action.

“Our competition level is going to pick up on Saturday, so we need to be ready for that,” Hisler said.

Doolittle could get a look at where he stands on a statewide level, as he’s on a collision course to take on top-ranked Bryce West of Solon.

Webster City 57, Hampton-Dumont 24

Thursday at Webster City

113 — Abe Scheideman (H-D) forfeit (6-0). 120 — Drake Doolittle (WC) forfeit (6-6). 126 — Parker Allen (H-D) pinned Trevor Edel, 1:11 (12-6). 132 — Brady Auderer (WC) forfeit (12-12). 138 — Cade Felts (WC) forfeit (18-12). 145 — Luke Rohmiller (WC) pinned Trey Barz, 3:43 (24-12). 152 — Isaac Shelton (H-D) pinned Harrison Hayes, 0:55 (24-18). 160 — Caleb Chaney (H-D) pinned Carter Bedford, 0:53 (24-24). 170 — Zane Williams (WC) forfeit (30-24). 182 — Brandon Peck (WC) dec. Dalton Chipp, 15-10 (33-24). 195 — Rocco Miller (WC) pinned Logan Walker, 0:24 (39-24). 220 — Caleb Olson (WC) pinned Connor Donaldson, 0:25 (45-24). 285 — James Cherry (WC) forfeit (51-24). 106 — Trey Nelson (WC) pinned Jaycob Martzahn, 1:13 (57-24).