West Delaware was at the top of the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s first dual team wrestling rankings last week, and lived up to that billing with a 67-6 pounding of Decorah, at Decorah, Dec. 20.

The Hawks head to a well-deserved break 9-2 in duals, with tournament wins at the Bob Murphy Invitational and South Winn, and an impressive showing at the Battle of Waterloo.

“I was happy with how the team responded after a grueling week of eight duals in three days,” said West Delaware coach Jeff Voss. “I thought we had some good practices throughout the week and it showed in our matches.”

Carson Petlon, ranked No. 6 at 285 in the Predicament’s Dec. 13 rankings, got the show started with a 12-0 major decision over Daniel Schwartzoff to put the Hawks on top 4-0, and at 106 freshman Blake Engel gutted out a tough 3-1 SV win over Austin Wilkens leading to a Luke Farmer fall over Jacob Voigt that made the team tally 13-0.

Evan Woods and Reily Dolan picked up forfeits to take the lead to 25-0 before Jackson Rolfs became the Vikings’ only winner of the night when he pinned West Delaware’s Stavely Maury in 4:45.

No. 9 Jadyn Peyton continued his stellar freshman season with an 8-2 decision over Mason Olsgard at 138 and fellow No. 9 Cael Meyer made quick work of Caleb Peel at 145 with a fall in 34 seconds.

Mitchel Mangold, No. 4 at 152, kept the parade rolling with a pin of Brendan Lovstuen in 3:05, Jared Voss pinned Mikel Fullhart in 2:51, and Wyatt Voelker made it four falls in a row when he took only 1:55 to finish Elijah Mitchell at 170.

Jack Neuhaus showed why he is the fifth-ranked 182 pounder in Class 2A with a 7-2 decision over Andy Murphy. Kieran Monaghan and Ben Petlon had light workouts — with Monaghan pinning Caden Keck in 37 seconds at 195 and Petlon showing Oskar Paulson the lights in 36 seconds at 220 — to make the final 67-6.

“The team has shown a lot of perseverance, great work ethic, and have been really committed to each other,” said Voss. “They are taking ownership in their individual improvement and the improvement of their workout partners.”

“The wrestling team appreciates all the support from our great community,” he added. ”Happy Holidays to all.”