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Central grapplers start new year with three dual wins
|Central senior Brice Bowen works for a fall with a half nelson during Thursday’s dual meet between the Sabers and Dyersville Beckman. Bowen indeed got the pin, flattening Logan Kutsch in 1:44 (it was one of five falls for the Sabers) as Central routed the Blazers 60-9. Photo by Ross Eberhart|
By Ross Eberhart
The new year got off to a familiar start for the Central wrestling team.
For the second-straight year, the Sabers finished the North Scott Duals by going 2-2 and they did it by beating and falling to the exact same teams as the year before.
Central once again knocked off both Davenport West and Iowa City High, but dropped another tight dual with Fort Madison (35-34 last year, 39-36 this year) and also fell to the host Lancers.
There were some differences, though, and the good news for the Sabers is that they came in Central's victories.
Last year, the Sabers knocked off Iowa City High by six points and Davenport West by just two. Saturday, things were not as close with Central blowing out both the Little Hawks (57-22) and Falcons (53-15).
Mason Cousins (145 pounds) got things rolling for Central against Iowa City High with a fall in 5:02 against Dallas Slater, but the Little Hawks came back with a fall of their own at the next weight.
The Sabers, though, took control of the meet with four-straight wins. 170-pounder Drew Schroeder highlighted the stretch with a fall in 3:33 against Damian Waikel, while Greyson Doolittle (160), Chase Kraklio (182) and Jake Feldpausch (195) all got six free points with forfeits.
Second-ranked Ryan Maas ended the Sabers run with a major decision at 220 pounds, but Central answered with Doug Hayen putting Matt Lee on his back at 285 pounds to earn a fall in 5:49.
Iowa City High came back with a fall at 106 only to see Central answer back with two pins of their own.
Ryeland Doolittle (113) earned the first as he needed just 21 seconds to stick Colton Chalupa, while Nick Woodford (120) picked up the second with a fall in 3:45 against Alex Lemus.
The next two weight classes produced forfeits (Walker Wegener picked up one for Central at 126 pounds) before Emmitt Enyeart wrapped things up for the Sabers with a 7-1 decision over Tanner Artz (Enyeart recorded three takedowns and an escape in the match).
The Sabers faced an early 6-0 hole against Davenport West (the match began at 132 pounds where Central forfeited), but made up the deficit in a hurry with a stretch of nine-straight wins.
Enyeart started things off with another decision as he knocked off Colton Paustian by a 5-2 tally, while Cousins dominated his match with Jason Bowman to the tune of a 15-3 major decision (Cousins recorded 10 points just on near falls).
Brice Bowen picked up a forfeit at 152 pounds and G. Doolittle made it four Central wins in a row with a 10-6 win over Khamani McQueen.
Schroeder and Kraklio both earned forfeits, while Feldpausch barely broke a sweat while earning a fall in just 47 seconds against Tony Nguyen.
Cameron Donovan gave Central its third victory by decision as he knocked off Kyle Verdon 10-3 before Hayen finished off the Sabers' surge with a forfeit.
The Falcons used a fall and a decision to get back on the board, but Central finished off a dominating display with two more bonus-point wins.
Woodford earned the first with a 19-5 major decision over Gabriel Groom and Wegener scored the other when he pinned Tyler Lightner in just 42 seconds to end the meet.
Central's inability to field a full lineup proved to be the difference against Fort Madison as the Sabers topped the Bloodhounds 36-33 based on the matches, but that free six points proved to be the difference in Fort Madison's three-point victory.
The Bloodhounds won the first three matches of the dual (all by fall), but Central responded with another run of victories.
G. Doolittle got things started as he pinned Jacob Goldstick in 1:44 to get the Sabers on the board and Schroeder followed with a 12-6 decision.
Kraklio made it three wins in a row when he pinned Brad Baker in just 45 seconds and Feldpausch put Central in front when he earned his own pin in just 1:17.
The string of first period falls continued as Donovan earned one over Cole McWhorter just before the period came to a close (1:59).
Hayen added his own pin in 4:56 over Trenton Wallendorf and it was suddenly 33-18 Sabers.
The momentum, though, switched back to the Bloodhounds as a decision and two falls tied things up at 33-33.
Central broke the tie at 126 pounds as Wegener picked up a 10-3 decision over Nicholas Otte, but the final match was the forfeit and Fort Madison had the win.
The Sabers won three matches against the host Lancers, who are ranked sixth in class 3A.
Two of the victories came back-to-back as Woodford pinned Tyler Renken in 1:35 and Wegener finished off an undefeated day with a fall in 44 seconds over Ethan Stilson.
The other win came from Greyson Doolittle, who earned a forfeit.
Both Donovan and Hayen impressed in tight losses to ranked opponents. Donovan fell 5-1 to fifth-ranked Cordell Eaton, while Hayen dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to fourth-ranked Cegan Long.
The duals came two days after the Sabers opened the 2013 portion of their season with a dual against Dyersville Beckman.
The Blazers won the opening match as eighth-ranked Kirby Kendrick knocked off Feldpausch with an 8-4 decision, but then did not win again on the mat (they did earn a forfeit at 132 pounds) as Central cruised to a 60-9 victory.
Bryant Woodford, R. Doolittle, Wegener, Bowen and G. Doolittle all earned falls in the match with B. Woodford needing just 34 seconds to end his match.
Donovan (6-0), Enyeart (5-4), Cousins (7-3) and Schroeder (7-2) all added decisions for the Sabers, while N. Woodford, Hayen and Kraklio all earned forfeits in the Central rout.
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