Demons remain unbeaten
DIKE — Washington remained undefeated at 9-0 with a sweep of five duals, Saturday. The closest margin of victory was 22 points.
The scores of the meet were Washington 64-18 over South Winneshiek, 54-26 over BGM, 53-21 against St. Ansgar, 50-28 over Dike-New Hartford and 51-21 over Osage.
These wins were coming off nearly a week break after the match against Keokuk was canceled Thursday.
“I thought we wrestled pretty well,” said head coach Brent Van Weelden. “We had a week off, which is concerning. We went in and wrestled a tough Osage team. We wrestled their second team, but they have a lot of state qualifiers and seniors on their second team.”
Most of the matches were over before they had begun, with some teams having as many as five open spots without wrestlers.
Senior Fletcher Green moved to 13-0. He wrestled above his normal class at the 126-weight class, pinning St. Ansgar in 2:58, won by technical fall and had three forfeits.
“He was only going to get one or two matches if we didn’t bump him up,” Van Weelden said. “We got him an extra match.”
Senior Tristan Pohren had a perfect 5-0 mark on the day with a 4-0 decision against Osage, 15-0 technical fall against Dike-New Hartfod, a 17-1 technical fall versus St. Ansgar, a pin against BGM in 2:20 and a forfeit.
Pohren is now 15-2 on the season.
“(Pohren and Fletcher) are returning state qualifiers,” Van Weelden said. “They should be the leaders on the team and winning all of their matches. They should be leading in all statistical categories. Along with junior Brad Skubal.”
Freshman Andrew Waite at 106 pounds, pinned Dike-New Hartford in 1:38, won by major decision 11-1 against South Winneshiek, by forfeit three times to make it a perfect day.
Wrestling at 113 pounds, freshman Kyle Anderson went 5-0 with two pins.
Freshman Austin Hazelett went 3-1 with a pin at the 126 class.
Freshman Trey Van Weelden went 4-1 with three pins.
“We have five freshman in the lineup, which bodes well for the future,” Van Weelden said. “It is a tough task for those guys. They have all been wrestling for a long time — seven years probably. The dividends are paying off for them for what they did in their younger years.”
B. Skubal had a successful day at 195 pounds with a 4-1 record. He had a pin in 3:34 against Winneshiek, a win by forfeit, a pin against Dike-New Hartford with nearly a minute left in the match and pinned Osage in 4:31.
At 160 pounds, senior Austin Latcham pinned Osage in 3:17, pinned Dike-New Hartford in 34 seconds, and pinned South Winneshiek in 3:04, to finish the day 4-1.
Junior Alex Gonzalez wrestled at 152 pounds and went 3-2. He pinned Osage in 3:10 and won by forfeit twice.
At the heavyweight class, junior Kyle Collier, who was coming off an injury that had him out two meets ago, finished with a 2-2 record at 220 pounds with one pin.
Sophomore Jarek Brown went 3-2 at 145 pounds.
Freshman 170-pounder Karlton Skubal and sophomore Bryce Rickey at 182 pounds, both finished 1-4.
“Most of the kids that lost battled real hard when they lost,” Van Weelden said. “That is what I want to see.”
Freshman Bryce Craff contributed a pin against Osage.
Washington will look to get senior Tanner Knupp back on the mat after the winter break. The next dual meet is Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. against Fort Madison and Sigourney.