West Delaware heads to the holiday break as the top-ranked wrestling team in Class 2A, remaining unbeaten after winning a double-dual with Mount Vernon and Beckman, Dec. 17, and taking top honors in the Saber Invitational, at DeWitt Central, Dec. 19.
The Hawks have four wrestlers who remain perfect — Jadyn Peyton, at 152, Jared Voss, at 170, Wyatt Voelker, at 195, and Carson Petlon, at 285. Voss, Voelker and Petlon are top-ranked in their respective weight classes, while Peyton is No. 3.
West Delaware has a total of nine ranked wrestlers after winning its four season-opening duals along with the Bob Murphy Invitational, the South Winneshiek Invitational and the Saber Invitational.
Blake Engel is No. 5 at 126, Logan Peyton No. 7 at 145, Kyle Cole No. 6 at 160, Cael Meyer No. 5 at 182 and Christian Nunley 6th at 220.
The Hawks had little trouble with Mount Vernon, rolling to a 73-3 win over the Mustangs. The Hawks had nine falls in the dual, with Staveley Maury, Logan Peyton, Jadyn Peyton, Isaac Fettkether, Voss, Voelker, Carson Less, Carson Turnis and Engel getting pins. Nunley won by major decision, and Petlon prevailed 3-1 over Keean Kamerling in the best matchup of the evening.
In a meeting of No. 1 vs. 2, Petlon used a late third-period takedown to outlast Kamerling.
“I knew it was going to be a good one. He’s a really good wrestler,” Petlon said. “He’s going to be a teammate of mine at UNI.
“One of the things I’ve had to work on the most is the fear of getting tired,” he added. “If I was afraid of getting tired I wasn’t performing the way I’m capable of. I just went out there and picked it up late, which most heavyweights aren’t capable of. I tried to be the aggressor.”
Neighborhood rival Dyersville Beckman was next up, and the Blazers won two of the first three contested matches. At 145, No. 5 Nick Hageman of Beckman won a tough 7-6 decision over Logan Peyton before Jadyn Peyton took a 13-2 major decision over Mason Recker.
Conner Grover won a 4-2 overtime decision over Fettkether, but Voss won by fall over Ryan Funke in 1:58 at 170, Meyer pinned Nick Wulfekuhle in 1:14 at 182 and Voelker put away Owen Huenergarth in 3:30 at 195.
Voelker has been unstoppable in the early season, taking opponents down at will.
“Dominating, getting takedowns and scoring points,” said Voelker when asked about his focus at this point of the year. “I have to get tougher on top and just get better at dominating my opponents.”
The Blazers were open at 220, 285 and 106 before Less pinned Mason Koelker in 1:40 at 113. Danil Wall picked up Beckman’s third win of the night, pinning Carson Turnis in 4:22, but the Hawks won the last two with Engel taking a 9-1 decision over Nick Schmidt at 126 and Reily Dolan winning by fall over Alex Hageman in 1:06 to make the final 62-12.
The Hawks won the 13-team Saber Invitational, at DeWitt, scoring 255.5 to second-place North Scott’s 247. Creston Orient-Macksburg was third at 162.5, Central DeWitt fourth at 140 and Camanche fifth at 118.5.
Wilton (107), Mid Prairie (92), Midland (92), Maquoketa (60), Maquoketa Valley (47), Clinton (41), Bellevue (30) and Northeast (7) rounded out the competing teams.
West Delaware had four champions: Jadyn Peyton at 152, Voss at 170, Voelker — who went the distance with 2020 182-pound state runner-up Jackson Kinsella of Creston-OM in a 5-2 final — at 195 and Petlon at 285.
Second-place finishers were: Less at 113, Engel at 126 and Dolan at 132. Brayden Maury (106), Carson Turnis (120), Tyger Vaske (132), Staveley Maury (138) and Logan Peyton (145) finished third.
Meyer was fourth at 182, Fettkether fifth at 160, Ethan Proper fifth at 170, Conner Turnis sixth at 126 and Carter Klein sixth at 138.