West Delaware continued its stampede through the WaMaC Conference at Central DeWitt, Jan. 16, pounding Center Point-Urbana, 72-9, and bettering that with a 73-9 win over the host Sabers.
The Hawks picked up 18 falls on the way to another pair of 70 point-plus performances that have become the norm for this West Delaware team.
“I’m happy with the way we came out aggressively on our feet, scoring points early in matches to build leads that led to a lot of falls,” said West Delaware coach Jeff Voss. “We need to be thankful when we have the opportunity to wrestle and make the most out of it, whether it is in practice or competition.”
Blake Engel (120), Evan Woods (126), Stavely Maury (132), Jadyn Peyton (145), Will Ward (152), Cael Meyer (160), Wyatt Voelker (195), Christian Nunley (220) and unbeaten Carson Petlon recorded falls for the Hawks in the CPU match, while Carson Less (106), Jared Voss (170) and Jack Neuhaus (182) won by forfeit.
CPU’s No. 4 ranked Cole Whitehead won by fall over Luke Farmer at 113, Keegan Scheeler took a 1-0 decision over Logan Peyton at 138 for the Stormin’ Pointers two wins.
In the DeWitt Central match, Less, Logan Peyton, Jadyn Peyton, Ward, Meyer, Voss, Voelker, Nunley and Petlon won by fall. Engel won by major decision over Koal Bossom, and Woods decisioned Cael Grell 11-4. Neuhaus picked up another win by forfeit.
DeWitt picked up a win at 113 when No. 2 Keaton Ziemet pinned Carson Turnis and another at 132 when Robert Howard won a 6-2 decision over Maury.
Voss knows the work the Hawks and his coaches are putting in is having an impact.
“I give a lot of credit to our coaches for all the work they are putting into our team,” he said. “They are coaching in the morning at 6:30 a.m. before going to work, or staying after practice for 30 minutes for individual workouts that are showing in our kids’ performances. We are very fortunate to have a group of coaches that are willing to do whatever they can do to help them reach their potential.”
About the only thing the Hawks are having any issues with is the winter weather that has led to the cancellation of tournaments at Benton Community and Perry the last two weekends.
“Time will tell with the cancellations. Everybody is in the same boat,” said Voss. “We have really good wrestlers in the room to work out with, so we have to take advantage of that and use that competition to help make us better.”