Coming back to the mats after Christmas break, the Edgewood-Colesburg wrestlers met Alburnett, Elkader and Maquoketa Valley at Delhi Jan. 3, and dropped two of the matches.

“We had a lot of really great individual performances,” Ed-Co coach Alex Hanna said.”The kids looked fresh and ready to get back to work after the break. I think our Christmas break was a nice break for the guys to get healthy and to work on some individual things that we need to clean up. We have a ton of duals to wrestle in the next few weeks so it will be fun to see how we can grow as well.”

The Vikings topped Elkader, 48-18, lost by criteria to the host team, 37-36 and fell to Alburnett, 48-36.

In the win, the Vikings took advantage of Elkader forfeits at seven weights. In one of the three contested matches, Andrew Hoeger-Pint handed Hunter Grimm a quick fall (0:39) at 195. Jayden Bakey held on for a long time before falling to Sean Wilwert at 138 (3:56) and Wyatt Rowcliffe dropped a quick fall to Matt Whittle at 285 (0:36). Receiving forfeits were Cameron Kirby at 145, Bo Struble at 152, Jordan Wegmann at 160, Max Bahls at 170, Dayne Bergan at 120, Alex Jones at 126 and Kal Hoeger at 132.

Maquoketa Valley won its match via tiebreaker when both teams scored 36 points. Kirby opened with a pin of James DeMoss (1:07), followed by Struble’s loss to Tim Harmon (0:37). Wegmann put them ahead by six with a forfeit but James LeGassick dropped Bahls (1:15) to re-tie the match. The teams traded forfeits at 182 and 195 before Andrew Feldmann pinned Rowcliffe (1:03) to put the Wildcats up 24-18. Anthony March added a forfeit to make it 30-18. Bergan got six back with a forfeit and Jones pinned Michael Schaul (2:50) to knot the score at 30-30. Aaron Kloser gave up a fall at 132 to Parker Sternhagen (0:20) but Hoeger got a forfeit for the 36-36 knot.

Perennial power Alburnett did what the Pirates normally do, though the Vikings held their own through much of the dual. Kirby pinned Carson Givens (1:12) and Struble did likewise to Hayden Baker (1:35). Rowcliffe handed Mason Olmstead a fall (1:42), as did both Bergan and Jones, over Noah Mackey (2:38) and Dylan Barenz (1:58). Bakey, Wegmann, Bahls and Hoeger-Pint all fell to their Alburnett opponents. Hoeger earned a forfeit but forfeits at 106 and 113 turned the match for Alburnett.