Lynx, Hawks head to Perry Invite on Saturday

25 ranked wrestlers expected in the field; No. 1 Lawson three wins away from 100

Webster City senior Harrison Hayes (facing) elevates Norwalk’s Anthony Huse during last weekend’s Allie Morrison Duals in Marshalltown. Hayes will be in the Lynx lineup at 160 pounds at Saturday’s Perry Invitational. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — A challenging field awaits the third-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City wrestling team at Saturday’s Perry Invitational.

Wrestling will get underway at 9:30 a.m. Two gymnasiums will be used throughout the day at Perry High School.

A total of 15 teams and 25 ranked individuals will be in attendance. Only three weights — 106 pounds, 160 and 182 — will be without a ranked grappler.

South Hamilton will also take part in the tournament.

Webster City’s leaders are sure to be tested throughout the day, starting with second-ranked junior 120-pounder Drake Doolittle (23-2), a returning Perry Invite champion. He’ll be on a collision course with fourth-ranked (3A) Zach Thompson of Perry for the third consecutive year. Thompson was awarded the 113-pound title over Doolittle in 2016 after Doolittle was called for an illegal slam in a bout he was in control of at the time. Doolittle topped Thompson in the gold-medal round a season ago, 7-3, on the strength of a pair of tilts.

WCHS No. 1-ranked 285-pounder Cooper Lawson (back) scores the winning takedown against No. 3 Jake Ryan of Johnston last Saturday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

There’s no guarantee Doolittle and Thompson will both reach the finals though. Also expected to be in the bracket are seventh-ranked (2A) Jack Gaukel of Sergeant Bluff-Luton and sixth-ranked (1A) Derek Graham of Eagle Grove.

Carson Hartnett (20-5) will bump down to 132 for the first time this season. The Lynx senior will be in a bracket that will include third-ranked (3A) Matthew Jordan of Des Moines East.

No. 7-ranked 170-pounder Zane Williams (19-5), another WCHS senior, could meet up with No. 4 (1A) Gunnar Grunsted of Panorama at some point during the tournament.

Caleb Olson (2-3), a junior ranked No. 6 at 195, made his season debut a week ago with mixed results. He won’t be favored to claim gold on Saturday; that distinction will go to second-ranked (2A) Cody Fisher of Woodward-Granger. Fisher beat Olson at the sectional and district tournaments a season ago.

Sixth-ranked at 220, James Cherry (16-2) is wrestling as well as anyone in the Lynx lineup. He’s coming off a pair of wins over ranked foes at last weekend’s Allie Morrison Duals in Marshalltown and he’ll likely have to get through top-ranked (3A) Greg Hagen of West Des Moines Dowling to reach the top of the podium on Saturday.

Top-ranked 285-pounder Cooper Lawson (23-0) will enter the tournament just three wins shy of becoming Webster City’s 17th 100-match winner. With 32 consecutive victories under his belt, he will be the overwhelming favorite against a heavyweight field that will feature one other ranked wrestler — No. 10 (2A) Derrin Sesker of Van Meter.

Doolittle, Hartnett and Williams all reached 100 career wins already this season. Doolittle, a 2017 state runner-up, is a staggering 108-12 in 21⁄2 years in the Lynx lineup.

South Hamilton will be led by Lane Swenson (12-11 at 138), Nathan Wilson (15-11 at 160), Nate Laube (15-10 at 170 and 182), Dominic Summers (9-5 at 195) and Zach Larson (12-11 at 220 and 285).

There will be one other No. 1-ranked wrestler in the field — (3A) 138-pounder Deville Dentis of Des Moines East.


Webster City’s North Central Conference triangular against St. Edmond and Humboldt has been rescheduled for Tuesday in Fort Dodge at 6 p.m. The Lynx home dual against Roland-Story has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 25. It was originally on the docket for Tuesday, Jan. 23.

What: Perry Invitational

When: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Teams (No. of ranked kids): Carlisle, Carroll, West Des Moines Dowling (1), Des Moines East (3), Eagle Grove (1), Logan-Magnolia (4), Panorama (1), Perry (3), Saydel (1), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (2), South Hamilton, Van Meter (2), Webster City (5), West Marshall (1), Woodward-Granger (1).

Ranked Individuals

113 Pounds — (1A No. 6) Briar Reisz, Logan-Magnolia.

120 Pounds — (3A No. 4) Zach Thompson, Perry; (2A No. 2) Drake Doolittle, Webster City; (2A No. 7) Jack Gaukel, SB-Luton; (1A No. 6) Derek Graham, Eagle Grove.

126 Pounds — (3A No. 3) Kaleb Olejniczak, Perry; (3A No. 5) Brock Espalin, DM East; (2A No. 5) Hunter Pfantz, West Marshall; (1A No. 8) Wyatt Crocker, Logan-Magnolia.

138 Pounds — (3A No. 1) Deville Dentis, DM East; (3A No. 3) Zach Stewart, Perry; (2A No. 4) Easton Graff, SB-Luton.

145 Pounds — (2A No. 10) Klayton Keller, Saydel; (1A No. 8) Garret Thompson, Logan-Magnolia.

152 Pounds — (2A No. 9) Caleb Swalla, Van Meter; (1A No. 8) Bo Giese, Logan-Magnolia.

170 Pounds — (2A No. 7) Zane Williams, Webster City; (1A No. 4) Gunnar Grunsted, Panorama.

195 Pounds — (2A No. 2) Cody Fisher, Woodward-Granger; (2A No. 6) Caleb Olson, Webster City.

220 Pounds — (3A No. 1) Greg Hagen, WDM Dowling; (2A No. 6) James Cherry, Webster City.

285 Pounds — (2A No. 1) Cooper Lawson, Webster City; (2A No. 10) Derrin Sesker, Van Meter.

Webster City Lineup

106 — Reece Sadler (9-15); 113 — Chase Rattenborg (21-6); 120 — Drake Doolittle (23-2); 126 — Nick Gasca (10-13); 132 — Carson Hartnett (20-5); 138 — Brady Auderer (6-17); 145 — Daltyn Peck (3-19); 152 — Luke Rohmiller (8-4); 160 — Harrison Hayes (7-16); 170 — Zane Williams (19-5); 182 — Hunter Collicott (5-9); 195 — Caleb Olson (2-3); 220 — James Cherry (16-2); 285 — Cooper Lawson (23-0).