Demons are champions
KEOKUK - Washington High School’s varsity wrestling team claimed the Southeast Iowa Conference championship at Keokuk on Tuesday, Jan. 28 by defeating the Chiefs 35 – 31.
The night began at 220 pounds when Jesse Belba of Keokuk got a 7 – 5 decision over Washington’s freshman Chandler Reid, putting the Chiefs ahead 3 – 0. Keokuk expanded its lead to 9 - 0 when Chris Fichtenkort got a forfeit at 285 pounds.
The Chiefs added on four more points when Brant O’Shea wrestled Demon freshman Andrew Waite to a 10 – 1 major decision. With Keokuk leading 13 – 0, Washington freshman Kyle Anderson got a technical fall over the Chiefs’ Garret Nelson 18 – 3 to put the Demons on the board.
Washington senior Fletcher Green continued his undefeated season, pinning Gage Hawkins of Keokuk in 0:44 to make the score 13 – 11, the Chiefs still leading after the 120-pound bout.
Keokuk struck back with Camiran Sadeghi’s 2 – 0 decision over the Demon freshman Trey Van Weelden in the 126-pound match to take a 16 – 11 advantage.
At 132 and 138 pounds Washington got two pins, senior Tristan Pohren (132) over the Chiefs’ Eli Riddle in 2:00 and sophomore Jarek Brown (138) over Keokuk’s Tanner Horner in 2:12. The Demons had their first lead of the meet, 23 – 16.
Washington 145-pound junior Alex Gonzalez added three points to that advantage with his 9 – 6 decision over Tyler Bitting of Keokuk. Demon senior Tanner Knupp then pinned the Chiefs’ Tyler Petty in1:24 to give Washington six more points in the 152-pound bout.
With four weight classes to go and the Demons holding a 32 – 16 advantage, Demon senior Austin Latcham had the opportunity to clinch a dual victory and conference championship for Washington in the 160-pound match. Latcham delivered with his 7 - 2 decision over Jacob Briscoe.
At 170 pounds Lee Alberts of Keokuk pinned Demon freshman Karlton Skubal in 1:31. Dakota Shaw of Keokuk got a sudden victory-1 over Washington freshman Brad Skubal 10-8 for 182 pounds and for 195 pounds Shawn Haage got a forfeit for Keokuk to finish the meet.
2013 – 14 SIC Conference Champion Washington wrestles again on Thursday, Jan. 30 in Oskaloosa.