By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
A busier than normal regular season Thursday night is on the horizon tonight. It starts here from KMCH sports around 6pm with West Delaware wrestling on the road in Independence. The class 2A 5th-ranked Hawks and #10 Mustangs get together for the annual highway 20 battle for the Del-Buc Trophy, that goes to the team winner. All the action with Jamie Vaske and Roger Reed from the IHS Gymnasium can be heard live here on KMCH and KMCH.com. West Delaware fans are asked to wear black for a “Black Out”. The wrestling gets started at 4:30pm with the West Delaware and Indee JV teams taking the mat. The high school wrestling will be followed by a D3 college match-up featuring top-ranked Wartburg against Coe. The Knights are 14-0 and are looking to extend its 50-dual win streak and 171st in a row over Iowa Conference teams. The Kohawks are 12-3, while 1st place in the conference will be on the line as both teams are 6-0. The college meet will start by 8pm. Both duals will be televised live by our TV coverage partner, KCRG 9.2 with wrestling legend Dan Gable providing the color commentary.
The West Delaware girls and boys basketball squads will be in make-up action tonight taking on Maquoketa in the postponed games from Tuesday night. The girls will be home to the Cardinals while the boys travel there. The 4-11 Hawk boys are looking to snap a 7-game losing skid against a 5-9 Cardinal team who has struggled as well. Maquoketa has dominated the series of late and won both meetings last year when 1st year Hawks head coach Matt Uthoff was at the helm of the Cards. He knows his former players will want to make a statement to their old coach in the first time they have faced each other:
In his third coaching stop, Uthoff had a mostly successful stint at Maquoketa, posting a 37-29 record in three seasons from 2010-2013. Sports Director Jon Swisher will have all the action live from Maquoketa after WD wrestling tonight on KMCH and KMCH.com.
Other area make-up hoops will take place at North Linn High School where the Lynx entertain Maquoketa Valley. The girls game features a battle for the top spot in the Tri- Rivers Conference West division with two undefeated teams and only one loss total between the teams. The 2A #15 Wildcats are 15-1 while North Linn is # 4 and 17-0. Maquoketa Valley head coach Scot Moenck says the focus coming into this week wasn’t on the Thursday match-up but they know it will be very tough and something they’ll have to be ready for:
Lynx head coach Brian Wheatley realizes the bigger picture is how his team can play against quality competition in the weeks ahead:
The Lynx are the overall TRC defending champions with their only league loss being at Delhi last season. Tonight’s game could potentially be the first of three meetings in the next 3 weeks for the two squads. In Troy Mills next Tuesday then back there on Feb. 21st as they are favorites to meet in their Regional semifinal.
We’ll have updates from North Linn tonight.
Elsewhere around the area in basketball tonight:
Beckman hosts Solon, Anamosa travels to take on Benton Community
Ed-Co @ Alburnett
Anamosa welcomes in Vinton-Shellsburg
Ed-Co @ Alburnett