The West Delaware wrestling team will keep the Del-Buc Trophy for another year after they doubled up Independence last night 48-24 in Independence. The Hawks won their fourth straight dual for the trophy and 41st dual all-time against the Mustangs. Wyatt Voelker at 220 pounds and Cameron Guether at heavyweight recorded back-to-back falls to start the dual and give the Hawks a 12-0 lead, but in two matches the Mustangs cut the lead to just three after a pin at 106 from Tanner Wilson, and a 9-5 decision from Kaden Kremer at 113 pounds. Carson Less picked up a fall at 120 to give the Hawks an 18-9 lead before Tyler Weiland used a late takedown to get a 4-2 win for Independence at 126 pounds to make it a six point dual, but the Hawks would go on to win six of the final eight matches including four falls, and decisions by Isaac Fettkether at 160 and Will Ward at 182 pounds. Fettkether, who didn’t get a match on senior night last Thursday took advantage of his opportunity to get into the lineup in such an important dual, and West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss says he has played such an important role all season:
When it comes to the West Delaware and Independence rivalry Voss says it doesn’t matter what the situation of each team’s season is going into the dual, it’s always going to be a great atmosphere for high school wrestling and last night was no different:
West Delaware along with Independence and Beckman will now turn their attention to tomorrow’s WaMaC Conference tournament which will be hosted by Solon. Voss says the approach they will take into it, is to focus on the individuals and making sure they take care of what they can control and the team score will be what it is at the end of the day:
Coverage from Solon tomorrow gets underway a little before 10:00 am on Mix 94.7, KMCH.com and on the KMCH App with Roger Reed and Jamie Vaske.
As far as other conference tournaments for area schools go, East Buchanan, Ed-Co, Maquoketa Valley, North Linn, and Starmont will be in Lisbon for the Tri-Rivers Conference tournament. Monticello will host the River Valley Conference meet which features Anamosa and Cascade, while Western Dubuque will be at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids for the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament.