Demons defeat Mount Vernon, pinned by Mediapolis
MEDIAPOLIS – The Washington High School’s varsity wrestling team’s season ended last night with Regional Duals at Mediapolis High School. The Demons began the evening by defeating Mount Vernon 40 – 23 to move on to a state-qualifying match with the host school. The top ranked in class 2A Bulldogs then handed Washington a 58 – 21 defeat.
Against Mount Vernon, freshman Trey Van Weelden got things rolling for the Demons with his 10 – 0 major decision over Levi Wade at 126 pounds. Senior Tristan Pohren got a 8 – 2 decision over Brandon Wolrab at 132 pounds to put Washington up 7 – 0.
Sophomore Jarek Brown wrestled at 138 pounds and came up on the short end of a 13 – 8 decision to Charlie Engelbrecht. John Engelbrecht of Mount Vernon got an 14 – 10 decision over Alex Gonzalez at 145 pounds to narrow the team score to 7 – 6.
Senior Tanner Knupp competed at 152 pounds and got a 6 – 0 decision over Noah Dahlstrom. Austin Latcham increased the Demon advantage with his pin of Jake Weiland in 3:15.
With Washington leading 16 – 6 Mount Vernon landed a punch with Trey Ryan’s technical fall of senior Logan Howard 15 – 0 in 2:37 at 160 pounds. The Demons responded with a freshman Karlton Skubal pin in 2:22 over Eric Dunford at 182 pounds. Junior Brad Skubal followed that up with an 8 – 0 major decision over Matt Wenzel at 195 pounds.
Mount Vernon got forfeits at 220 and 285 pounds to bring the score to 26 – 23 and then freshman Andrew Waite took the mat for the Demons at 106 pounds. Waite pinned Jake Durgin in 4:51 to put Washington on the verge of clinching the dual and advancing to face Mediapolis.
Freshman Kyle Anderson faced Justin Light at 113 pounds and got a 7 – 1 decision to put the Demons in the regional final. Fletcher Green finished off the match by continuing his undefeated season with a technical fall over Tony Garcia 16 – 1 in 5:46 at 120 pounds.
The match with Mediapolis began at 132 pounds and Pohren pinned Brady Banwart of Mediapolis in 1:29. The Bulldogs came storming back from there with three consecutive pins at 138, 145 and 152 pounds. Brown was downed in 1:52, Gonzalez put to the mat in 1:42 and sophomore Derek Stender in 0:36.
Drew Foster padded the Mediapolis lead with his 17 – 4 major decision over Latcham at 160 pounds. The Bulldogs’ Adam Drain pinned Howard in 0:24 and K. Skubal was pinned by Ethan Timmerman in 3:13 at 182 pounds. Mediapolis’ Steven Holloway continued that trend with his pin of freshman Seth Townsend in 0:27 at 195 pounds.
The nail was put in the coffin for Washington’s state dual team tournament hopes at 220 pounds when Ethan Lamm got a forfeit to put the Bulldogs up 42 – 6. Dillon Wagner also got a forfeit for Mediapolis at 285 pounds.
Waite got a 7 – 1 decision over Brock Hilton at 106 pounds. Anderson and freshman Austin Hazelett got forfeits for Washington at 113 and 120 pounds. Mediapolis’ Cody McNeil got a forfeit at 126 pounds.
The season is not over for the eight members of the Washington team who qualified for districts this Saturday in Fairfield, however. Waite, Anderson, Green, Pohren, Brown, Gonzalez, Knupp and K. Skubal all still have a chance to advance to the state tournament as individuals on Saturday.