Demons win Dike-New Hartford dual tournament
DIKE — Saturday was a sweet day for the Washington wrestling team.
After going 5-0 to win the Dike-New Hartford dual tournament, head coach Brent Van Weelden treated his wrestlers to McFlurries at McDonalds in Cedar Rapids.
“We wrestled pretty well,” Van Weelden said. “We didn’t have too many close duals.”
Washington opened the tournament with a 51-9 win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Sophomore 106-pounder Michael Witt, junior 120-pounder Fletcher Green, junior 126-pounder Tristan Pohren, senior 138-pounder Mitchell Hora, junior 152-pounder Tanner Knupp, sophomore 170-pounder Brad Skubal and senior 195-pounder Aaron Kempf each pinned their opponents in the dual, and sophomore 145-pounder Alex Gonzalez won a 6-3 decision.
“We came in pretty fired up,” Van Weelden said. “We came out and wrestled really well right off the bat. We came out and got a lot of pins and really set the tone for the day. The guys came out ready to roll.”
In its second dual of the tournament, Washington trailed the host Wolverines 25-9, but sophomore Kyle Collier came up with a key win at heavyweight. He won a 9-2 decision over Dike-New Hartford’s Lucas DePriest, and the Demons didn’t lose another match the rest of the way.
“Kyle set the stage for us to do well the rest of that dual,” Van Weelden said. “That was big for him to wrestle a kid who weighed 260 and he’s only 200. He had to battle for six minutes to come away with a victory.”
Freshman Michael Ellingson won an 11-2 major decision at 113 pounds. Then Green, Pohren and sophomore 132-pounder Tony Landstrum pinned their opponents. Hora won by forfeit and Gonzalez pinned his opponent to cap a 46-25 victory. Knupp had pinned his man and Knupp had won a 7-4 decision early in the dual.
Washington rolled past South Winneshiek 52-25. Junior 160-pounder Austin Latcham, Witt, Ellingson, Green, Pohren, Hora and Knupp each pinned their opponents, and Skubal won a 9-1 major decision.
The Demons defeated Saint Ansgar 54-24. Ellingson, Green, Pohren, Landstrum, Hora, Gonzalez and Knupp each pinned their opponents, while Skubal and Kempf won decisions.
Washington won eight matches by forfeit in a 66-12 blowout win to close the day. Landstrum, Gonzalez and Knupp each pinned their opponents to round out the scoring.
Knupp was the only Demon to wrestle five matches, and he pinned all of his opponents. He spent a total of just 7:58 on the mat on the day.
“Tanner has wrestled the fewest matches of the year, so he was pretty excited to go out and get five matches,” Van Weelden said. “That was really good for his confidence. He came out and was really excited to wrestle and was really aggressive in his matches. He pretty much dominated the entire day.”
Washington enters the holiday break with a perfect 9-0 record in dual meets.
“I think this is pretty much exactly where we were last year, and I think that’s a goal the guy had set,” Van Weelden said. “We have a lot to work on, but I’m happy with the way the guys have worked this year. They’re doing what has been asked of them, and the success is directly related to that.”