By Jamie Vaske- Asscociate Director of Sports
The West Delaware wrestling team was looking for their first WaMaC dual win of the season Thursday night as they hosted a double dual with Maquoketa and Western Dubuque. The Hawks started the night with Maquoketa and got out to a 24-0 lead after four pins in the first four matches and would continue their dominance as they finished the dual with seven falls and won 9 matches to defeat the Cardinals 48-21. West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss said it was good for some of the inexperienced and young varsity wrestlers to get wins in the dual.
The last dual of the night featured West Delaware and Western Dubuque in a match-up of two of the top teams in the WaMaC East division the past several years. The Bobcats jumped out to a 12-0 lead before two Hawk underclassmen closed the gap as sophomore Cole Engel picked up a 17-2 technical fall as time expired, and freshman Mitchell Mangold followed with a 10-2 major decision to cut the deficit to three, but that’s as close as the Hawks would get as Western Dubuque won 10 matches six of those by fall and go on to win the dual 53-18. Coach Voss credits the Bobcats and their experience on the dual win.
Western Dubuque also defeated Maquoketa 70-6 in the opening dual of the night.
Up next for the Hawks the 5 Seasons Dual Extravaganza Saturday at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids which will consist of more great competition for the young West Delaware team.
West Delaware will wrestle class 1A top ranked Alburnett in the opening round starting at 9:00 am.
Other area results from Thursday:
Maquoketa Valley 51 Starmont 12
Maquoketa Valley 64 Central City 7
Maquoketa Valley 48 North Linn 36
North Linn 50 Starmont 24
North Linn 54 Central City 15
Starmont 54 Central City 17
Solon 49 Beckman 21
Mount Vernon 48 Beckman 23
Lisbon 47 East Buchanan 21
Alburnett 45 East Buchanan 27
Anamosa 34 Clear Creek Amana 26
Benton Community 46 Anamosa 36
Central DeWitt 51 Anamosa 21
Independence 34 Williamsburg 33
Independence 57 Marion 21
Cascade 57 Monticello 16
Mid Prairie 57 Monticello 18
Mid Prairie 47 Cascade 28