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HS Wrestling: West Delaware, Independence Advance To State Duals

For the 12th time in program history the West Delaware wrestling team advanced to the State Dual Tournament next week at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, after a 56-12 over Mount Vernon inside the Seedorff Gymnasium. Mount Vernon got to the regional dual final with a 41-22 victory over South Tama in the semifinal as they won eight of the 14 matches and had bonus points in six of those wins to set up the match-up with West Delaware. In the final, the Hawks who will now set their sights on winning their 4th straight state dual title jumped out to a 27-0 lead with falls from Jadyn Peyton, Kyle Cole, and Sawyer Falck, and a trio of decisions from Will Ward, Wyatt Voelker and Cameron Guether. The Hawks shifted their lineup and moved top ranked 195 pounder Wyatt Voelker up to 220 pounds to face top ranked Clark Younggreen, whose only loss on the season coming in was to Voelker in the second week of the season which was a Voelker 16-4 major decision. The match-up on Tuesday night was much closer but it was again all Voelker as he scored five takedowns on his way to a 12-8 win, as six of Younggreen’s eight points came from intentional releases by Voelker. West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss said that Voelker needed an opponent that would give him a good test going into the postseason and Younggreen provided that:

Mount Vernon would get their first win with an injury default at 106 pounds, but it was all Hawks after that as they won six of the final seven matches with five of those wins coming by bonus points. Voss said the team’s only focus since sectionals has been preparing for last night’s dual:

The other teams from class 2A to advance to the State Duals were Independence who defeated Williamsburg in their regional dual final 37-23, Osage, Crestwood, Winterset, Notre Dame, Burlington, Atlantic, and Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Voss says he loves the team aspect of the State Duals and that this year’s 2A field is solid up and down once again:

In class 1A last night Beckman traveled to Lisbon and fell 43-36 to New London in their regional dual semifinal as the Blazers finish their dual season at 13-11.

Coming up tonight it’s class 3A’s turn for regional duals, Roger Reed and Jamie Vaske will be live from Bettendorf starting a little before 6:00 as Western Dubuque will face North Scott in the semifinal, with the winner to go up against the host Bulldogs. Hold-by-hold coverage can be heard here on Mix 94.7,, and the KMCH app.

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