WCHS freshman Carson Doolittle (left) controls the legs of Algona’s Jacob Zabka as he looks for the turn on Tuesday. Doolittle dominated the match-up of ranked 106-pounders and he was one of six Lynx grapplers to go 3-0 on the night. WCHS won duals over Algona, St. Edmond and Forest City. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — Carson Doolittle wasn’t nervous and why would he be? He’s been in big matches all over the Midwest for years, and every day in practice he ties up with one of the state’s best.

So nervous to face another gifted grappler? No, not in the least.

“It was just a normal match, I warmed up like I usually do,” Doolittle, Webster City’s talented freshman 106-pounder said of his win by fall over fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Jacob Zabka of Algona on Tuesday.

Doolittle, ranked ninth, attacked Zabka’s legs relentlessly and scored three takedowns to build a 7-1 lead before he put the Bulldog lightweight on his back for good in 5:44.

It was clinical. It was dominant. And it should have surprised no one.

WCHS 182-pounder CJ Hisler collects back points against St. Edmond’s Tyler Rossmanith on Tuesday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“At the beginning I realized I could get in on shots and I was beating him in the hand fight,” Doolittle said. “So I just worked off that and got to my leg attacks.”

Doolittle gets a daily reminder of what a state champion looks like. His practice partner is WCHS junior and top-ranked (113) Cam Phetxoumphone, the reigning 106-pound 2A king. It’s fitting considering just two years ago Phetxoumphone was the student being taught by a state champion himself — a guy named Drake Doolittle, Carson’s older brother.

“Cam is a really good partner and he pushes me,” Doolittle said. “He punishes me a little bit.”

Doolittle and Phetxoumphone were two of six Lynx wrestlers to go 3-0 on Tuesday, as WCHS routed Algona (43-25), St. Edmond (75-3) and Forest City (54-19) inside its home gymnasium. Jordan Vankham (145), Evan Estlund (152), CJ Hisler (182) and Trey Shannon (220/285) were also perfect, and five others — Brayden Henely (120), Chase Rattenborg (132), Austin Mason (138), Brady Jessen (160) and Jaxon Cherry (170) — went 2-1.

It was certainly the best performance for WCHS in what has been a unique season and it gave head coach Chad Hisler a glimpse into what his team is capable of as it enters an important month.

Webster City senior Trey Shannon (right) tosses Forest City’s Caleb Cooper to the mat on Tuesday. Competing at 220 and 285 pounds, Shannon went 3-0 with a pair of pins in dual wins over Forest City, Algona and St. Edmond. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“A lot of guys, up and down the lineup, are showing improvement,” he said. “You can still tell we’re not in shape, but if we keep improving I think we can beat a lot of teams.”

WCHS opened by winning nine of 14 weights against Algona, as it racked up a 17-10 edge in bonus points and 17-9 advantage in takedowns. The Lynx piled up a 66-39 advantage in match points.

Short-handed St. Edmond gave up nine forfeits and won just one of the five contested weights. Ten of the 12 takedowns in the dual went to the Lynx, who also tallied 40 of the 49 match points scored.

WCHS continued to pile it on against Forest City by claiming 10 of the 14 weights. The Lynx also had 12 pins on the night and allowed just five.

“The team is doing pretty well,” Shannon, who decked two opponents on the night, said. “We haven’t gotten a lot of matches this year, but we can’t really change that.”

WCHS 138-pounder Austin Mason (right) elevates Forest City’s Nate Doden Tuesday night. Mason won the bout by fall in 5:37. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

CJ Hisler, who is ranked seventh at 195, moved down a weight class and wasted little energy. He pinned two foes in the first period and ripped off a 15-0 technical fall in less than two periods.

Hisler, a sophomore, said he weighed just 183 while competing at 195, so dropping one pound to move to 182 was logical.

“Most people at 195 have more muscle mass and moving down wasn’t hard,” he said. “And I’m not a freshman anymore. I have a lot more experience and that’s helped out a lot.”

Doolittle and Vankham joined Hisler and Shannon with two pins. Vankham outscored his opponents 8-0 before showing them the lights.

“Jordan and Evan both wrestled really well I thought,” Chad Hisler said. “I was really happy with how we competed. I thought on paper we could win them, but you never know especially when we’ve been out so much.”

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Estlund gritted his way through a pair of decision wins, 3-0 and 7-3. Phetxoumphone, the winner of 53 consecutive matches, only got one bout and a pair of forfeits. He spent just 45 seconds on the mat against Algona’s Ian Fehr before ending it by fall.

WCHS will be back at home this evening to take on Hampton-Dumont/CAL, and will then host the Dick Kennedy Invite on Saturday, a field that will also include Algona and Greene County.

Webster City 43, Algona 25

285 — Grant Meints (A) pinned Landon Griffin, 1:28 (0-6). 106 — Carson Doolittle (WC) pinned Jacob Zabka, 5:44 (6-6). 113 — Cam Phetxoumphone (WC) pinned Ian Fehr, 0:45 (12-6). 120 — Brayden Henely (WC) tech fall Hunter Penton, 18-3, 4:48 (17-6). 126 — Reece Eakins (A) dec Reece Sadler, 6-3 (17-9). 132 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) dec Hayden Thompson, 6-2 (20-9). 138 — Luke Carter (A) maj dec Austin Mason, 11-3 (20-13). 145 — Jordan Vankham (WC) pinned Colby Jennings, 3:13 (26-13). 152 — Evan Estlund (WC) dec Brandon Harris, 3-0 (29-13). 160 — Brady Jessen (WC) dec Riley Goche, 7-3 (32-13). 170 — Hunter Berry (A) pinned Jaxon Cherry, 3:39 (*31-19). 182 — CJ Hisler (WC) pinned Sammel Reitz, 0:22 (37-19). 195 — Spencer Long (A) pinned Dylan Burnette-Bingham, 5:53 (37-25). 220 — Trey Shannon (WC) pinned Logan Meendering, 1:45 (43-25).

*WC deducted 1 team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Webster City 75, St. Edmond 3

106 — Doolittle (WC) maj dec Ronnie Orres, 17-4 (4-0). 113 — Phetxoumphone (WC) forfeit (10-0). 120 — Ryan Duckett (SE) dec. Henely, 5-0 (10-3). 126 — Sadler (WC) forfeit (16-3). 132 — Rattenborg (WC) forfeit (22-3). 138 — Mason (WC) forfeit (28-3). 145 — Vankham (WC) forfeit (34-3). 152 — Estlund (WC) forfeit (40-3). 160 — Jessen (WC) forfeit (46-3). 170 — Cherry (WC) pinned Grant Webster, 4:40 (52-3). 182 — Hisler (WC) tech fall Tyler Rossmanith, 15-0, 3:07 (57-3). 195 — Burnette-Bingham (WC) pinned Zach Rossmanith, 1:52 (63-3). 220 — Shannon (WC) forfeit (69-3). 285 — Griffin (WC) forfeit (75-3).

Webster City 54, Forest City 19

113 — Phetxoumphone (WC) forfeit (6-0). 120 — Henely (WC) forfeit (12-0). 126 — Kellen Moore (FC) maj dec Sadler, 19-7 (12-4). 132 — Brock Moore (FC) dec Rattenborg, 5-3, SV-1 (12-7). 138 — Mason (WC) pinned Nate Doden, 5:37 (18-7). 145 — Vankham (WC) pinned Kaleb Umbaugh, 1:05 (24-7). 152 — Estlund (WC) dec. Hayden Hoffmeyer, 7-3 (27-7). 160 — Cadin Fleener (FC) pinned Jessen, 2:39 (27-13). 170 — Cherry (WC) dec. Blake Skjeie, 6-1 (30-13). 182 — Hisler (WC) pinned Drake Freeman, 1:00 (36-13). 195 — Reese Moore (FC) pinned Burnette-Bingham, 1:30 (36-19). 220 — Xavier Wynkoop (WC) forfeit (42-19). 285 — Shannon (WC) pinned Caleb Cooper, 1:39 (48-19). 106 — Doolittle (WC) pinned Robay Birri, 2:40 (54-19).


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