Doolittle helps Iowa win freestyle national title

WCHS grappler goes 3-1 at 106 pounds

WCHS sophomore-to-be Carson Doolittle (above) helped Iowa win the Junior Freestyle National Duals on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

TULSA, OKLA — Team Iowa won the Junior Freestyle National Duals here on Saturday for the first time in 16 years, and Webster City sophomore-to-be Carson Doolittle played a role in helping the squad claim bragging rights.

Wrestling at 106 pounds, Doolittle went 3-1 with a pin and two wins by technical fall over the two-day tournament. He split time at the weight with Connor Fiser of Bondurant-Farrar, who posted a 2-1 mark.

Iowa went 7-0 and outscored its foes 328-117. In the finals, Iowa overcamean early deficit to blow past Oklahoma, 40-23.

On Friday, Doolittle decked Ethan McCrary in 50 seconds in Iowa’s 64-1 pasting of Arkansas. Later in the day, he blanked Brett Stanley, 11-0, in his team’s 50-14 win over Ohio.

Doolittle helped Iowa thump Wisconsin, 47-17, on Saturday with a 17-6 victory over Kellen Kelly.

Webster City's Carson Doolittle and Fort Dodge's Dru Ayala. Submitted photo

Doolittle’s lone loss came to Oklahoma’s Christian Forbes, 14-5, in the final round.

Doolittle compiled a 36-5 record as a freshman for WCHS this past winter and placed third at 106 in Class 2A. Three of Doolittle’s losses came to 2A champion Kade Blume of Roland-Story, who he also beat once.

Team Iowa was loaded with talent, as its roster included 17 state titles.

Four members — Fort Dodge brothers Drake and Dru Ayala, Nate Jesuroga of Southeast Polk and Ben Kueter of Iowa City, City High — went unbeaten. Six others joined Doolittle and Fiser with just one loss — Ryder Block and Aiden Riggens of Waverly-Shell Rock, Joel Jesuroga of Southeast Polk, Caleb Rathjen of Ankeny, Griffin Gammell of Waukee and Wyatt Voelker of West Delaware.


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