Demons split matches
OSKALOOSA - The Washington High School wrestling team again showed that they are capable of hanging with the best teams in the state.
On Thursday, Jan. 30 the Demons went to Oskaloosa High School to tangle with the Indians and the Williamsburg Raiders. Washington defeated Oskaloosa 49 – 19 and gave Williamsburg all it could handle, falling 39 – 37 to the Raiders. Williamsburg is now 18 – 4 in duals this season.
The match between Washington and Williamsburg began with junior Brad Skubal on the mat for the 182-pound bout. B. Skubal got a major decision, 9 – 1, over Mitchell Spenler of Williamsburg. Seth Townsend and Chandler Reid, both Demon freshmen, suffered falls at 195 and 220 pounds to the Raiders’ Colin Bryant and Connor Bodeker. Williamsburg’s Jacob Dye got a forfeit at 285 pounds. The heaviest weight classes gave way to the lighter classes with the Raiders holding an 18 – 4 lead.
Washington freshman Andrew Waite got a 6 – 2 decision over Cole Lehn at 106 pounds. Waite’s classmate Kyle Anderson got the first of four consecutive pins for Washington at 113 pounds, over Williamsburg’s Gavin Ritchie. Top-ranked in the state at 120 pounds senior Fletcher Green stayed unbeaten on the year by pinning Garrett Knepper in 1:17 to put Washington ahead 19 - 18. Washington freshman Trey Van Weelden got the fall of the Raiders’ Trent Allison in 2:17. Demon senior Tristan Pohren finished the string of pins with his fall of Jose Maldonado in 3:24.
Garrett Blythe of Williamsburg got a 12 – 5 decision over Demon sophomore Jarek Brown at 138 pounds to put the Raiders on the board again, followed by the Raiders’ Aaron Schultz pinning Washington junior Alex Gonzalez in 0:37 to make the score 31 – 27 Demons.
Demon senior Tanner Knupp seemingly put a nail in Williamsburg’s coffin with his pin in 5:53 of Mitch Stahl. The Raiders would need either two falls or a fall/technical fall combination in the last two bouts to win the match.
Washington senior Austin Latcham took the mat for the Demons with the chance to wrap up the match at 160 pounds. The bout was hard-fought but Vic Malloy did manage to pin Latcham at 3:18. Washington freshman Karlton Skubal, ranked fourth in the state at 170 pounds, and Williamsburg’s Aaron Miller would decide the match as the score was 37 – 33 Demons.
Miller pinned K. Skubal in 0:00 and Williamsburg claimed the narrow victory.
“In both of those deciding matches our wrestlers had leads and we made the same technical mistake in both of them. We’ve been preaching that when we’re on top we need to apply constant forward pressure. In both matches we tried to pull back and ended up on our backs,” Washington head coach Brent Van Weelden explained.
The Demons took their respite and the match with Oskaloosa began at 195 pounds and the Indians’ Drea Lamb pinning Townsend in 4:41. Callan Tomlin of Oskaloosa bumped the Indians’ lead to 9 – 0 with his 8 – 1 decision over Reid at 220 pounds. Oskaloosa’s Jacob Clark got a forfeit at 285 pounds and the score was 15 – 0 Indians.
The 106-pound match was next and that brought Oskaloosa four more points as Drew Sams registered a 16 – 4 major decision over Waite. Washington was down 19 – 0 but would shut out the Indians from that point on in the match.
Anderson got a 14 – 3 major decision over Oskaloosa’s Josh Diehl to put the Demons on the board in the 113-pound match. Green continued his undefeated season at 120 pounds, getting a 6 – 2 decision over Skyler DeJong. T. Van Weelden kept the decisions coming for Washington at 126 pounds with his 6 – 1 victory over the Indians’ Nick Beebe.
At 132 pounds is where the pins started to fall for the Demons. Pohren got it started with his fall of Oskaloosa’s James Fisher in 1:20. Brown at 138 pounds and Gonzalez both pinned their opponents in 4:50, David Alessi and Hunter Simmons respectively.
Knupp kept the falls coming at 152, putting Kevin Merk’s shoulders to the mat 1:20 into the bout. Latcham followed suit at 160 pounds, pinning Tyler Zickefoose in 5:45 and by doing so clinched the match victory for Washington at 40 – 19.
K. Skubal made short of Kitario Walker, pinning him in 0:22. B. Skubal then finished off the event with his 6 – 2 decision over Mason Wisse of Oskaloosa for 182 pounds.
“I was very proud of the way our kids bounced back against Oskaloosa after a narrow defeat like the one with Williamsburg,” B. Van Weelden commented.
The Demons’ dual record is now 21 – 3. Washington wrestles at Fairfield on Saturday, Feb. 1.