Cowboys better at chess, take NCC dual over Lynx
No. 2-ranked heavyweight Lawson held out due to injury; WCHS flat in opener, but manages to take down Cadets
WEBSTER CITY — The wrestling mat served as a chess board for Webster City and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows last night, as the North Central Conference titans jockeyed for position in an opening-night showdown that could very well determine the league’s dual championship.
The Cowboys moved bodies in search of an advantage. The Lynx countered with their own moves. In the end, both found success by bumping wrestlers around, but WCHS was unable to make up for the fact that second-ranked (Class 2A) heavyweight Cooper Lawson was forced to watch with an injury.
CGD 39, WCHS 34. Oh, what might have been.
But WCHS head coach Chad Hisler didn’t want to talk about Lawson’s absence afterwards. It is what it is. Instead, he preferred to look at the positives while keeping a checklist of things that his team needs to work on going forward.
“He was injured and he didn’t wrestle. That’s pretty much it,” Hisler said of Lawson. “It really was a chess game. They were moving people around and we were moving people around … I liked our competitiveness, but there are a lot of things we need to get working on.”
CGD won eight of the 14 weights and six of the 11 matches. It also scored 22 takedowns to 15 for WCHS.
The Cowboys maneuvered early on to jump in front 19-0 after four weights. The Abbas boys, Reed and top-ranked Tanner, both bumped up a weight to 145 and 152 to get it rolling. A pin from Sam Wigans at 160 made it 16-0 and Reymundo Vasquez made it a 19-point cushion when he fended off Luke Rohmiller, 5-2, at 170.
Vasquez, 10th-ranked at 160, scored on a takedown in the final five seconds of the second period to grab the lead for good on Rohmiller, the seventh-ranked grappler at 160.
Zane Williams, No. 8 at 170, finally brought life to the WCHS bench when he hit a throw on Mason Carpenter midway through the third period to get the fall in 4:50 at 182. Carpenter, No. 6 at 170, was having his way with Williams prior to the toss. He hit a pair of single-leg takedowns to build a 4-0 lead.
“I was trying to crowd him the whole time and he would just hit that outside single every time,” Williams said. “Throws are always there at the end of a match, but it wasn’t really desperation. He went in and got out of position.”
Tenth-ranked James Cherry notched six takedowns in a 15-4 major decision victory over Kane Nelson at 220, but the forfeit to third-ranked heavyweight Spencer Trenary put WCHS in a 28-10 hole.
Hisler’s chess game started at 113, where he sent Ryan Zuetlau out to collect a forfeit. That bumped freshman Chase Rattenborg up to 120 and he made his coach look smart by decking Ben Oehlert in 56 seconds. On the second mat, second-ranked 120-pounder Drake Doolittle put Bryce Allen on his back for the fall in 3:33 at 126 to close the Lynx deficit to 33-28.
“I had all the confidence in the world in bumping (Rattenborg) up to 120,” Hisler said. “That’s a great start for him.”
But CGD put the dual on ice with a fall courtesy of eighth-ranked Conner Johnson at 132.
“A lot of matches could have gone either way, but we definitely need to pick up our game,” No. 5-ranked 138-pounder Carson Hartnett said after he polished off the dual by decking the Cowboys’ Cael Ahrens in 1:11. “It definitely could have gone better.”
WCHS opened the night with a 48-33 victory over Iowa Falls-Alden, but it was a dual in which the Lynx were as flat as a pancake. Six falls and a pair of forfeits allowed them to remain comfortably in charge, but Hisler wasn’t a fan of what he watched.
“I thought we wrestled way better against Clarion than we did against Iowa Falls,” Hisler said. “I think we were maybe overlooking them and waiting for that match (with CGD).”
Hartnett, Harrison Hayes (152), Rohmiller (160), Williams, Alex Wolfgram (195) and Rattenborg (113) were all winners by fall. Reece Sadler (106) and Doolittle (120) picked up the forfeit victories.
Williams, one of four returning state qualifiers on the team this season, needed just 23 seconds to show the Cadets’ Riley McWherter the lights. He got in on a quick takedown and immediately locked up a cradle.
IF-A got within 30-27 after an upset victory at 220 and a forfeit at 285, but the forfeit to Sadler and the fall in 1:15 for Rattenborg quieted the Cadets.
So what does WCHS make of its first night on the mats? It’s far from a finished product, that’s for sure, with Lawson and 2017 eighth-place state medalist (195) Caleb Olson watching in street clothes. CGD also took the dual from the Lynx a season ago, only to have WCHS return the favor and win the conference tournament title.
“We’re going to get better and missing Lawson obviously hurt,” Williams said. “We need him back as soon as possible, but first he needs to get healthy.”
WCHS will turn to tournament action on Saturday when it will head to Grimes for the always tough Dallas Center-Grimes Mustang Invite that will feature 34 ranked individuals. Wrestling will get underway at 10 a.m.
Webster City 48, IF-Alden 33
132 — Mason Kent (IF-A) dec. Brady Auderer, 11-10 (3-0). 138 — Carson Hartnett (WC) pinned Riley Burke, 1:46 (6-3). 145 — Cayden Howland (IF-A) pinned Daltyn Peck, 3:03 (9-6). 152 — Harrison Hayes (WC) pinned Brock Steinfeldt, 3:12 (12-9). 160 — Luke Rohmiller (WC) pinned Levi Henderson, 5:39 (18-9). 170 — Alberto Salmeron (IF-A) pinned Hunter Collicott, 3:50 (18-15). 182 — Zane Williams (WC) pinned Riley McWherter, 0:23 (24-15). 195 — Alex Wolfgram (WC) pinned Grayson Cutler, 1:09 (1:09). 220 — Victor Sanchez (IF-A) pinned James Cherry, 1:03 (30-21). 285 — Mckade Eistentrager (IF-A) forfeit (30-27). 106 — Reece Sadler (WC) forfeit (36-27). 113 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) pinned Jackson Kobe, 1:15 (42-27). 120 — Drake Doolittle (WC) forfeit (48-27); 126 — Quinton Buresh (IF-A) pinned Nick Gasca, 2:37 (48-33).
CGD 39, Webster City 34
145 — Reed Abbas (CGD) major dec. Peck, 22-9 (4-0). 152 — Tanner Abbas (CGD) forfeit (10-0). 160 — Sam Wigans (CGD) pinned Hayes, 1:46 (16-0). 170 — Reymundo Vasquez (CGD) dec. Rohmiller, 5-2 (19-0). 182 — Williams (WC) pinned Mason Carpenter, 4:50 (19-6). 195 — Salvador Fregoso (CGD) dec. Wolfgram, 3-2 (22-6). 220 — Cherry (WC) major dec. Kain Nelson, 15-4 (22-10). 285 — Spencer Trenary (CGD) forfeit (28-10). 106 — Tyler Stein (CGD) tech fall Sadler, 22-7, 4:40 (33-10). 113 — Ryan Zutleau (WC) forfeit (33-16). 120 — Rattenborg (WC) pinned Ben Oehlert, 3:35 (33-22). 126 — Doolittle (WC) pinned Bryce Allen, 2:40 (33-28). 132 — Conner Johnson (CGD) pinned Auderer, 0:49 (39-28). 138 — Hartnett (WC) pinned Cael Ahrens, 1:11 (39-34).