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Lynx win twice, sit atop Kennedy Duals
WEBSTER CITY — Chase Rattenborg is too young to remember Dick Kennedy, but he certainly knows what the late, great coach means to the Webster City wrestling program. And when he had the chance to help his team honor Kennedy on Saturday, the senior didn’t disappoint.
Rattenborg closed out the Lynx 44-36 victory over Greene County with a pin in the final bout and it propelled the team to the Dick Kennedy Duals title inside the WCHS gymnasium. The Rams won back-to-back bouts by fall to get within two points heading into the last match, but their upset hopes ran straight into Rattenborg, who is ranked seventh (Class 2A) at 132 pounds.
“It’s cool to win this,” Rattenborg said. “We haven’t won it in maybe a couple years, so it was a good opportunity for our team. I was just going out there to wrestle and I expected to win. I just wanted to give it my best six minutes and if it ended early, it ended early.”
Rattenborg needed only 1:33 to deck Jackson Turner. Rattenborg locked up a cradle on the edge of the mat and that was that.
WCHS also beat Algona, 47-24, in the three-team tournament and finished the week at 6-0 overall. Head coach Chad Hisler would have liked to get more teams involved on Saturday, but was satisfied nonetheless.
“I tried and tried to get more teams and it just didn’t work out, but it is what it is,” Hisler said. “You always want to win at home and it was a solid week for us.”
Rattenborg was one of five WCHS grapplers to go 2-0 on the day, and 12 of the 14 in the lineup won at least once. Sixth-ranked Carson Doolittle (106), top-ranked Cam Phetxoumphone (113), ninth-ranked CJ Hisler (182) and Trey Shannon (220) were also perfect. The five combined for five pins and all 10 of their wins had bonus points attached.
Brayden Henely (120), Austin Mason (138), Jordan Vankham (145), Evan Estlund (152), Brady Jessen (160), Dylan Burnette-Bingham (195) and Landon Griffin (285) were all 1-1.
Griffin highlighted the Lynx runaway win over Algona, the team’s second victory over the Bulldogs in a span of five days. The freshman heavyweight was locked in a 2-2 battle with Jaxson Woodyard when he notched a takedown and put the Bulldog on his back for a fall in 4:52. It was Griffin’s first career varsity win on the mat.
WCHS trailed Algona 24-21 after nine eights, but closed the dual out with five consecutive bonus point victories. Shannon started the surge by building a 11-2 lead on Logan Meendering before ending it by fall in 4:03.
Doolittle handled ninth-ranked Jacob Zabka for the second time. After pinning Zabka on Tuesday, Doolittle cruised to an 8-0 major decision win behind two takedowns, a reverse and a turn.
Phetxoumphone had a pin and Henley wrapped it up with a major.
With his two-win day, Phetxoumphone pushed his winning streak to 55 consecutive matches. He’s 94-6 during his illustrious career and will join the program’s 100 wins club sooner rather than later.
WCHS took nine of the 14 weights against Algona and doubled up the Bulldogs on takedowns, 22-11, but it wasn’t quite as easy against Greene County. In fact, the Rams won six of the 10 contested weights — all six of their wins came by fall — but the Lynx piled up 24 free points via four forfeits.
“We shouldnt have been in that situation where it came down to the last match (against Greene County), but it comes down to match-ups,” Chad Hisler said. ‘We didn’t have any JV kids here because they’re wrestling (in Ogden), so we weren’t going to bump guys around.”
An 18-2 technical fall win by Phetxoumphone over the Rams’ Brenner Gallagher gave WCHS a 38-24 lead. Greene County answered with two falls, ignited by its own No. 1-ranked star, sophomore McKinley Robbins (120).
Phetxoumphone and Robbins met in last season’s 106-pound state final, a battle won by Phetxoumphone, 5-0.
WCHS will face two more North Central Conference tests on Thursday against Iowa Falls-Alden and Humboldt in Iowa Falls.
Webster City 47, Algona 24
126 — Hayden Thompson (A) dec Reece Sadler, 11-5 (0-3). 132 — Chase Rattenborg (WC) pinned Reece Eakins, 3:49 (6-3). 138 — Austin Mason (WC) inj def Luke Carter (12-3). 145 — Brandon Harris (A) pinned Jordan Vankham, 5:28 (12-9). 152 — Evan Estlund (WC) dec Dane Kitzinger, 2-1 (15-9). 160 — Riley Goche (A) pinned Brady Jessen, 2:45 (15-15). 170 — Hunter Berry (A) pinned Skyler Scott, 0:32 (15-21). 182 — CJ Hisler (WC) pinned Sammel Reitz, 0:43 (21-21). 195 — Spencer Long (A) dec Dylan Burnette-Bingham, 4-3 (21-24). 220 — Trey Shannon (WC) pinned Logan Meendering, 3:04 (27-24). 285 — Landon Griffin (WC) pinned Jaxson Woodyard, 4:53 (33-24). 106 — Carson Doolittle (WC) maj dec Jacob Zabka, 8-0 (37-24). 113 — Cam Phetxoumphone (WC) pinned Ian Fehr, 1:02 (43-24). 120 — Brayden Henely (WC) maj dec Hunter Penton, 13-1 (47-24).
Webster City 44, Greene County 36
138 — Brady Stauffer (GC) pinned Mason, 5:04 (0-6). 145 — Vankham (WC) forfeit (6-6). 152 — Nathan Black (GC) pinned Estlund, 1:19 (6-12). 160 — Jessen (WC) dec Noble Hoyt, 15-10 (9-12). 170 — Gunnar Goble (GC) pinned Scott, 3:56 (9-18). 182 — Hisler (WC) forfeit (15-18). 195 — Burnette-Bingham (WC) forfeit (21-18). 220 — Shannon (WC) pinned Broc Hamann, 0:46 (27-18). 285 — Sawyer Schiltz (GC) pinned Griffin, 4:32 (27-24). 106 — Doolittle (WC) forfeit (33-24). 113 — Phetxoumphone (WC) tech fall Brenner Gallagher, 18-2, 3:40 (38-24). 120 — McKinley Robbins (GC) pinned Henely, 1:17 (38-30). 126 — John Sprague (GC) pinned Sadler, 3:51 (38-36). 132 — Rattenborg (WC) pinned Jackson Turner, 1:33 (44-36).