No Chance, Norse
No. 11 Lynx take 12 weights, 5 by fall in rout
WEBSTER CITY — With six open weights, Roland-Story had no chance in its dual against 11th-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City last night.
But the Lynx went ahead and dominated on the mat anyway.
Five pins and a decision win, coupled with the 36 free points, made for a quick 40-minute dual, as WCHS (12-8) rolled to a 69-10 victory over the Norsemen (5-16).
“It went about the way we thought it would,” WCHS head coach Chad Hisler said. “We just have to keep working and getting better.”
The two teams will meet again on Saturday at the Norsemen Duals in Story City and it will be the final primer for WCHS before it embarks on the postseason journey that begins at a sectional tournament in Huxley on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Lynx are 19-0 all-time at the Norsemen Duals and have brought home the team championship in each of the last four years.
Pick a category, any category, and WCHS dominated on Thursday. The Lynx won six of the eight contested matches, owned a 33-4 advantage in bonus points and 42-18 margin in match points scored, and piled up all 14 near-fall points scored. Roland-Story accrued just six takedowns, five of them coming from 106-pounder Joe Hovick in a 10-2 major decision win over Reece Sadler in the final match of the night.
Nick Gasca (126), 10th-ranked Carson Hartnett (132), Harrison Hayes (160), Caleb Olson (195) and sixth-ranked James Cherry (220) all decked their opponents. Daltyn Peck (145) picked up a 6-2 decision victory over the Norsemen’s Max Halstead.
Roland-Story avoided third-ranked Drake Doolittle (120), seventh-ranked Zane Williams (170) and top-ranked Cooper Lawson (285). Chase Rattenborg (113), Luke Rohmiller (152) and Hunter Collicott (182) also received walkover wins.
Gasca needed just 31 seconds to flatten Lucas Risdal and Hartnett followed by pushing out to a 14-3 lead on Nicholas Wakefield before getting the fall in 5:26 to make it 24-0 in the Lynx favor.
Roland-Story got on the board with a fall from Koby Hassebrock (138), but then the purple wave took over.
Peck ignited an eight-weight flurry with his six-minute win. He scored the first takedown of the match and then notched a pair of reversals to take out Halstead.
“Daltyn is learning more things, he’s very coachable and he listens,” Hisler said. “It’s been great to see him get a couple of big wins (recently).”
Hayes quickly put Jackson Sterle on his back for the fall in 46 seconds. Olson put Jimmy Philipsen on his back three times and led 12-0 when the fall was called in 2:48. Cherry needed just 1:06 to flatten Michael Schiermeister.
Doolittle’s win was his 30th of the season; he trails Lawson by two victories for the team lead. With 115 career victories, Doolittle is now tied with three-time state champion Bart Chelesvig and Luke Shannon for sixth on the program’s all-time leaderboard. He’s likely to pass Royce Nessa (117 wins) on Saturday to jump into the top five.
The evening also featured 12 youth matches that gave the Lynx wrestlers of tomorrow the chance to compete on the big mat in front of a large crowd. Those bouts preceded the varsity dual.
“If was fun for them to be out there in front of the crowd and it definitely helped us bring in a bigger crowd, so that was good,” Hisler said. “The high school kids had fun watching the youth kids and vice versa.”
WCHS and Roland-Story will be joined by Central Decatur, Saydel, Hampton-Dumont and OA-BCIG at the Norsemen Duals. The Lynx will open up against Central Decatur at 10 a.m.
Webster City 69, Roland-Story 10
Thursday at Webster City
113 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) forfeit (6-0). 120 — Drake Doolittle (WC) forfeit (12-0). 126 — Nick Gasca (WC) pinned Lucas Risdal, 0:31 (18-0). 132 — Carson Hartnett (WC) pinned Nicholas Wakefield, 5:26 (24-0). 138 — Koby Hassebrock (R-S) pinned Brady Auderer, 1:51 (24-6). 145 — Daltyn Peck (WC) dec. Max Halstead, 6-2 (27-6). 152 — Luke Rohmiller (WC) forfeit (33-6). 160 — Harrison Hayes (WC) pinned Jackson Sterle, 0:46 (39-6). 170 — Zane Williams (WC) forfeit (45-6). 182 — Hunter Collicott (WC) forfeit (51-6). 195 — Caleb Olson (WC) pinned Jimmy Philipsen, 2:48 (57-6). 220 — James Cherry (WC) pinned Michael Schiermeister, 1:06 (63-6). Cooper Lawson (WC) forfeit (69-6). 106 — Joe Hovick (R-S) major dec. Reece Sadler, 10-2 (69-10).