A double dual Dec. 11 at home resulted in two wins for the Edgewood-Colesburg wrestlers. The Vikings topped Postville, 39-30, and Clayton Ridge, 48-30.
In the Postville win, Bo Struble topped Colin McManigle at 152 (1:37), Dayne Bergan got a quicker fall (1:21) over Tony Marroquin at 120, and Kal Hoeger put Wilson Perez on his back at 132 (3:43). Alex Jones drew a 10-5 decision from Caleb Hughes at 126. Cameron Kirby (145), Max Bahls (182), and Andrew Hoeger-Pint (195) all were awarded forfeits. Nathaniel Gaul dropped a fall to Brian Schroeder at 160 (5:12) and Aaron Kloser fell to Drew Wedo at 138 (1:18).
In the Clayton Ridge dual, Bahls handed a fall to Chris Cummer (2:25) and Hoeger pinned Buck Wachendorf in the night’s fastest decision 0(:44). A bundle of Vikings were awarded forfeits — Struble, Gaul, Bergan, Jones, Kloser and Kirby. Hoeger-Pint fell to Eric Craft (2:37).
The euphoria from a double win didn’t last for the Vikings as they met always-tough Lisbon and Midland two nights later at Midland and dropped both duals.
In the Lisbon match, a 69-6 win for the Lions, the only Viking to win points was Bergan and it was via forfeit at 120. Six contested matches went into the win column for Lisbon. Jones fell to Cael Happel (2:28), Hoeger to Robert Avila Jr. (0:53), Kirby to Ryne Mohrfeld (1:35), Struble to Gage McCoy (5:35), Gaul to Max Kohl (2:14), Bahls to Peyton Angelias (TB-1, 9-7) and Hoeger-Pint to Cole Clark (2:32).
Against Midland, the matches were more even before Midland took a 45-24 win. In contested matches, Struble won by fall over Kaleb Westphal (0:39), Jones lost by fall to Griffin Gravel (1:58), Hoeger fell to Cayden Miller (1:05), Kirby fell to Carson Hunter (3:13), Gaul fell to Alex Smith (1:38) and Bergan lost a 10-3 decision to Damon Huston. Kloser, Bahls and Hoeger-Pint were awarded forfeits.
At a quad at Midland Dec. 14, the Vikings won three of five duals. They took out both Clayton Ridge (46-30) and Postville (32-27) again and added a win over Central Elkader (42-24). Bellevue and Cascade were the losses for the Vikings, by scores of 48-36 and 45-9.
In the Clayton Ridge dual, the only contested matches went to the Vikings 2-1: Elijah Elliot pinned Michaela Blume (0:31) at 126, and Bahls grabbed a major decision from Chris Cummer (13-5). Kloser fell to Justin Cook (0:16).
Against Postville, six contested matches went to the Vikings 4-2: Bergan over Marroquin (2:44), Hoeger over Perez (TF 17-1, 4:59), Kirby over McManigle (:46), and Gaul turned the table on Schroeder (12-8). Jones lost a tight overtime match to Hughes (SV-1 2-0) and Kloser fell to Drew Wedo (2:28).
In the Elkader win, only one match was contested, that a loss by Kloser to Sean Wilwert (1:51).
Against Bellevue, the Vikings got wins in three of five contested matches: Bahls over Luke Giesmann (3:57), Hoeger over Jacob Pline (1:40) and Quintin Knipper over Jayden Keane (2:37). In the losses, it was Gaul falling to Jacob Waller (0:52) and Bergan flattened by Zach Roeder (3:29).
Cascade won five of seven contested matches, with Aidan Noonan decisioning Bergan (7-0), Hoeger falling to Nolan Noonan (2:22), Kloser falling to Connor Conlin (0:53), Kirby falling to Casey Koppes (1:46), and Knipper falling to Brady Graff (1:01). Bahls and Jones earned the lone wins: over Zach Ries in overtime (SV-1, 8-6) and over Carson Staner (1:46).
“These matches gave us a lot of positives to take into the break,” said coach Alex Hanna. “There were lots of exciting matches and great competition for our guys. Win or lose, we got better today. Now we will have to focus on improving during the break and coming out strong in January.”