Lynx roughed up by No. 15 Humboldt, rally to smack short-handed Gaels

Top-ranked Phetxoumphone given a scare by No. 4 Nelson, hangs on for 7-5 victory

WCHS 160-pounder Cole Bingham (top) works over St. Edmond’s Grant Webster last night. Photo/Rick Thompson

HUMBOLDT — A split of North Central Conference duals looks decent on paper, but Webster City head coach Chad Hisler wasn’t in the mood to look at the bright side of things last night.

Simply put, he wasn’t thrilled with his wrestling team’s effort against 15th-ranked (Class 2A) Humboldt and St. Edmond.

“We didn’t warm up well, we didn’t wrestle well … we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Hisler said after WCHS dropped a 50-24 decision to Humboldt and routed the short-handed Gaels, 82-0. “Even the matches we won, we didn’t wrestle well. We heard there was no school (on Friday) and I think we were more excited about that than wrestling. So I’ve got to do a better job of getting everybody ready to compete because we’re definitely better than we wrestled.”

The malaise even fell upon top-ranked (2A) 106-pounder Cam Phetxoumphone, who remained unscathed but not untested. Leading Humboldt’s fourth-ranked Cole Nelson 5-0 and seemingly in control of the bout, Phetxoumphone was put on his back near the edge of the mat and had to claw his way out of the predicament. He eventually won 7-5, his fourth victory over Nelson in five career meetings.

“This is a wake-up call without getting beat,” Hisler said. “Cam got ahead and looked to coast rather than attack, so we’ve got to get him back to attack mode. But Nelson is a good wrestler, a state place-winner and rated fourth for a reason. This will be good for (Phetxoumphone).”

Phetxoumphone (25-0) is now 6-0 against top-10 ranked competition this season.

Humboldt (17-1, 6-1 NCC) took nine of the 14 weights and eight of the 13 matches. The Wildcats secured six falls and owned a 23-9 advantage in bonus points. They also racked up 21 takedowns to 12 for WCHS (8-8, 2-5 NCC).

Nick Gasca (145), CJ Hisler (170) and Trey Shannon (220) collected falls for the Lynx against Humboldt. Chase Rattenborg (132) joined Phetxoumphone with a decision win.

All three WCHS falls came in the opening period. Rattenborg outlasted Ty Gargano, 6-3.

There were just four contested bouts and 10 forfeits in the Lynx rout of St. Edmond.

Phetxoumphone, Austin Mason (138) and Cole Bingham (160) all decked their foes. Evan Estlund (152) controlled the Gaels’ Tyler Rossmanith for an 11-2 major decision.

Weather pending, WCHS is scheduled to compete in Saturday’s Perry Invitational.

Humboldt 50, Webster City 24

Thursday at Humboldt

126 — Colby Clarken (H) pinned Ryan Zeutlau, 3:39 (6-0). 132 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) dec. Ty Gargano, 6-3 (6-3). 138 — Jordan Jensen (H) pinned Austin Mason, 5:26 (12-3). 145 — Nick Gasca (WC) pinned Joe Weydert, 1:25 (12-9). 152 — Fletcher Satern (H) maj. dec. Evan Estlund, 19-6 (16-9). 160 — Levi Naeve (H) pinned Cole Bingham, 1:05 (22-9). 170 — CJ Hisler (WC) pinned Braxden Scott, 1:28 (22-15). 182 — Logan Nilles (H) pinned Truman Klein, 1:53 (28-15). 195 — Walt Delanoit (H) pinned Dylan Burnette, 2:30 (34-15). 220 — Colton Goodell (H) forfeit (40-15). 285 — Trey Shannon (WC) pinned Josh Beldin, 1:26 (40-21). 106 — Cam Phetxoumphone (WC) dec. Cole Nelson, 7-5 (40-24). 113 — Jase Goodell (H) pinned Brayden Henely, 3:26 (46-24). 120 — Cresten Craven (H) maj. dec. Reece Sadler, 16-4 (50-24).

Webster City 82, St. Edmond 0

Thursday at Humboldt

132 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) forfeit (6-0). 138 — Austin Mason (WC) pinned Cayne Reed, 1:42 (12-0). 145 — Nick Gasca (WC) forfeit (18-0). 152 — Evan Estlund (WC) maj. dec. Tyler Rossmanith, 11-2 (22-0). 160 — Cole Bingham (WC) pinned Grant Webster, 4:28 (28-0). 170 — CJ Hisler (WC) forfeit (34-0). 182 — Truman Klein (WC) forfeit (40-0). 195 — Dylan Burnette (WC) forfeit (46-0). 220 — Trey Shannon (WC) forfeit (52-0). 285 — Eric Lomeli (WC) forfeit (58-0). 106 — Cam Phetxoumphone (WC) pinned Ronnie Orres, 1:05 (64-0). 113 — Brayden Henely (WC) forfeit (70-0). 120 — Reece Sadler (WC) forfeit (76-0). 126 — Ryan Zeutlau (WC) forfeit (82-0).