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 — 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.
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).
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).