West Delaware won the 17-team Jerry Eckenrod Invitational at Benton Community, Jan. 9, in a tournament that featured eight ranked teams and over 100 ranked individual wrestlers.

The Hawks — top-ranked in Class 2A — scored 245.5 points to nip Class 3A No. 3 Waukee at 240. Class 1A No. 1 Don Bosco was third at 214, 2A No. 8 Independence was fourth with 148.5, 3A No. 4 Fort Dodge was fifth at 135.5, and 2A No. 4 Davenport Assumption was sixth with 110.

West Liberty (91) was seventh, followed by 2A No. 7 Union LaPorte City (85), East Marshall/GMG (81), Dallas Center-Grimes 75.5), Williamsburg (74), North Linn (72), Benton Community (57.5), 2A No. 6 Centerville (39.5), Cedar Rapids Washington (34), Vinton-Shellsburg (30) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson (6).

“The training we did over the break allowed us to battle all day long and compete with some of the best individuals and teams in the state,” said West Delaware coach Jeff Voss. “I was especially happy with how our team wrestled the final round of the day. We responded well after losses and kept moving forward to the next match with great effort.”

The Hawks crowned four champions: Jadyn Peyton stayed unbeaten at 18-0 at 152, Jared Voss improved to 15-0 at 170, Wyatt Voelker moved to 17-0 at 195, and Carson Petlon dominated at 285 to move to 17-0 on the year.

Peyton won by technical fall, 18-3, over Drake Collins of West Liberty in the final, Voss won a 5-0 decision over Centerville’s Lucas Henderson, Voelker pinned Tanner Spyksma, of Waukee, in 3:34, and Petlon won by fall over Mack Ortner, of Don Bosco, in 1:34.

“We scored 51.5 bonus points on the day, which tells me our guys were being aggressive in our matches,” said Voss.

Carson Less was runner up at 113, and Logan Peyton was second at 145. Blake Engel at 126, Cael Meyer at 182 and Christian Nunley at 220 took third, while Brayden Maury was fifth at 106. Tyger Vaske was seventh at 132, Stavely Maury eighth at 138, Isaac Fettkether eighth at 160 and Carson Turnis competed at 120 pounds but did not place.

Shutouts in wrestling are usually a pretty rare thing, but with this year’s West Delaware team, nothing is especially surprising.

The Hawks won a double dual at Marion High School, Jan. 7, without losing a match, shutting out Maquoketa, 79-0, and the hosts, 83-0. Marion defeated Maquoketa, 51-22, in the evening’s consolation match.

West Delaware won 15 matches by fall, two by technical fall, two major decisions and received nine forfeits during the evening.

Against Maquoketa, Logan Peyton (145), Jadyn Peyton (152), Voss (170), Meyer (182), Voelker (195), and Petlon (285) won by fall. Staveley Maury (138) won by technical fall, while Vaske (132) and Nunley (220) won major decisions. Brayden Maury (106), Less (113), Carson Turnis (120) Engel (126) and Fetkether (160) were awarded forfeits.

The Marion match saw Less, Turnis, Engel, Staveley Maury, Logan Peyton, Fettkether, Voss, Meyer and Nunley notch pins. Voelker won by technical fall, while Brayden Maury, Vaske, Jadyn Peyton and Petlon won by forfeit.

“Our mindset of ‘Better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today’ is paying off,” Voss said. “I continue to see improvement in mindset and skillset from our team. We will continue to see some great competition the rest of the season, so combined growth will be important.”