Having their way at home
Washington remained undefeated on the season at 4-0 with two wins Thursday on Senior Night.
The Demons defeated Fairfield comfortably 54-21 and Ottumwa 42-30.
The team had 10 pins.
Despite the two wins, head coach Brent Van Weelden thinks his team can do better.
“We didn’t win enough matches,” Van Weelden said. “We wrestled pretty flat. We didn’t wrestle well the last couple of matches. We have some work to do there.”
The points are scored for the team as follows: 3 for a decision or win; 4 for a major decision; which is a win by 8-15 points; 5 for a technical foul; 15-point win which ends the match; and pins and forfeits are worth 6 points.
Fresh off his first varsity tournament win, 152-pound junior Alex Gonzalez pinned his first opponent from Fairfield, Mitchell Taglauer, 18 seconds into the match.
“He came in and I was going down, so I reached out,” Gonzalez said. “That was the end of that.”
He then pinned Trevor Anfinson as the second period buzzer sounded at the four-minute mark. He had to drag his opponent from the edge of the mat toward the middle to complete his move. He said he felt good after the two wins.
“I like winning and (I’ve been) working hard,” Gonzalez said. “I was actually kind of nervous. I didn’t think I was going to do so hot.”
He said he is excited to help his team whenever he can in likely his first full season on varsity.
“He is wrestling probably better than anyone on the team,” Van Weelden said. “He is going hard and using his strength and quickness.”
Senior Fletcher Green pinned Bailey Jones of Fairfield in 1:24 in the 120-pound class. He earned his second pin of the day against Collin McConnell in 1:44, to move to 6-0 on the young season.
Senior Tristan Pohren, 138 pounds, won by forfeit against the Trojans. Against Ottumwa he pinned Wyatt Schlotter in 1:43.
Junior Brad Skubal had a good showing, too. At the 195 weight he pinned Fairfield’s Randall Pugh 1:45 into the second period. He dominated the match with five takedowns, three back points and an escape, prior to the pin.
Skubal’s second match was over in 41 seconds with his second pin of the night against Ottumwa’s Tyler Bookin-Nosbisch. At one point he picked up his opponent to gain control.
Freshman Chandler Reid represented Washington at its heaviest class of 220 pounds.
He didn’t compete against the Trojans and then lost by major decision to Ottumwa’s Zain Lay 11-1.
“Chandler went out there and wrestled his heart out,” Van Weelden said.
The 106-pound class saw freshman Andrew Waite pin Fairfield in 1:03. He would lose by decision to Alec Clark of Ottumwa 6-2.
Freshman Kyle Anderson, 113 pounds won by forfeit against Fairfield. Anderson made it a 2-0 night with a pin 1:04 into the second period.
In the 126 class sophomore Michael Ellingson pinned Fairfield in 1:41. He was pinned in the 2:58 mark against Ottumwa.
“Michael was probably the under dog in that last match,” Van Weelden said. “He got him on his back, but got reversed.”
Washington’s 132-pounder freshman Trey Van Weelden pinned Fairfield in 1:30. He defeated Ottumwa 13-6 in a decision, one point away from a major decision.
Sophomore Jarek Brown at 145 pounds won by forfeit in the first match. In the second match he won by decision.
Senior Austin Latcham was pinned at the 5:10 mark of his first match. He pinned Ottumwa in 4:17 for the 160-pound class.
Freshman Karlton Skubal at 170 pounds had a technical fall against Ottumwa and lost by a 3-1 decision to Fairfield.
Luke Brown lost both of his matches.
Senior Tanner Knupp, junior Kyle Collier and sophomore Bryce Rickey all sat this meet out due to injury or illness.
“We had a couple guys out but that is no excuse,” Van Weelden said.
Washington will compete at Mediapolis, Saturday at 10 a.m.