Undefeated no longer
LE GRAND – The Washington High School varsity wrestling team participated in the East Marshall Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 25. East Marshall/GMG, Union High School, Benton Community High School, Independence High School and South Tama County High School were the Demons’ opponents on the day and Washington placed third out of eight teams in the event.
The Demons started off facing East Marshall/GMG in Pool A for the first match of the first round. Senior Tanner Knupp’s pin of Devin Yilek in 1:28 got things started for Washington and the Demons went on to win the match 52 – 24.
In Round Two Washington faced Benton. The Demons got eight more falls against Benton and the final tally was 51 – 27 to put Washington in position to try to win its pool and carry that momentum into the championship rounds.
It was at that point that the Demons ran into Independence, and its undefeated season in duals came to an end. Independence took the first five bouts and Washington was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct, making the final score in the match 40 – 27. The Demons settled for second place in their pool but still moved onto the championship bracket.
In Round One of the championship bracket Washington faced Union and couldn’t recover from their first duals defeat of the season, falling to Union 45 – 28. Union used a run of five consecutive victories in the 138-, 145-, 152-, 160- and 170-pound weight classes to take the victory.
The Demons then faced South Tama for third place in the championship bracket and won that match 46 – 24. Washington got four falls, a technical fall, two major decisions, three decisions and a forfeit to secure the match victory.
“Union and Independence are both highly ranked in the state. We competed better there [at the East Marshall/GMG Tournament] than we have in the past. Usually those teams blow us out and are a lot more physical than us. I think we still wrestled very well,” Washington head coach Brent Van Weelden commented.
The varsity team’s duals record now stands at 20 – 2. The Demons wrestle again on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Keokuk.