With the 2018 Battle of Waterloo on the horizon, the West Delaware Hawks had a little WaMaC Conference business to take care of in Dyersville, Dec. 15.
And take care of business they did defeating Mount Vernon, 49-13, and Beckman, 69-12, to head to Waterloo with a boatload of confidence.
“Wrestling WaMaC teams is a challenge every year,” said coach Jeff Voss. “We managed our lineup some so we could rest some guys for the Battle of Waterloo.”
Mount Vernon is a strong dual team year in and year out, but the contest between the Hawks and Mustangs was almost over before it started.
West Delaware won the first six matches — four by fall — to take a 31-0 lead before top-ranked Paul Ryan nipped Hawk freshman Wyatt Voelker, 3-2, at 170.
Stavely Maury got it rolling for the Hawks at 126, pinning Jaruthat Dervo, of Mount Vernon, in 1:51, and Ryan Phillips made quick work of Josh Haugse at 132 with a 29-second fall to make it 12-0 in a hurry.
Jadyn Peyton’s pin over Garret Akers at 138 and Jared Voss’ pin of Nick Casey at 160 sandwiched decisions by Cael Meyer at 145 and Mitchel Mangold at 152 over Mount Vernon’s Louwagies — Mitchell and Andrew.
After Voeker took Ryan to the wire at 170, the Hawks ran off four in a row to lead 49-3. Jack Neuhaus won a 3-0 decision at 182, Jordan Bries pinned Mount Vernon’s Joe Hunter in 52 seconds, Ben Petlon won a 3-0 decision at 220, and Carson Petlon tied Phillips for the quickest pin of the dual, putting away Keaton Dennis in 29 seconds.
The Mustangs won the final three matches by decision — Arnie Galvan over Blake Engel at 106, Lincoln Holub over Luke Farmer at 113, and Ryan Clark over Evan Woods at 120 — to make the final 49-13.
Peyton notched his second pin of the night to start the Beckman match when he put away Mason Recker in 2:31 at 138, but the Blazers’ Grant Hoeger got Beckman back in it with a pin of Daniel Woods in 1:47 at 145 to even things up.
The Hawks then had a run of four pins — Mangold over Ty Fangman in 0:49, Voss over Cole Domeyer in 0:37, Voelker over Owen Huehnergarth in 2:56 and Neuhaus over Will Lemke in 0:28 — to take a 30-6 lead before Beckman’s Owen Grover pinned Kieran Monaghan to stop the bleeding.
Kody Wenger took the mat at 220, and did not disappoint, pinning Jason Koopman in 0:56, to bring on Carson Petlon who decisioned Bennett English, 4-0, at 285.
Five more pins — by Engel over Nick Schmidt at 106 in 0:25, Farmer over Levi Feldman at 113 in 1:02, Evan Woods over Danil Wall at 120 in 4:46, Maury over Carter Gaul in 1:04 at 126 and Phillips over Nick Hageman at 132 in 1:22 ended things at 69-12.
“I was really happy with the effort all of our wrestlers gave in their matches,” said Voss.