By Jamie Vaske-Associate Director of Sports:
West Delaware’s wrestling team concluded its first half of the season Thursday night as they split two duals with Decorah and Vinton-Shellsburg in Manchester. In the first dual against Decorah the Hawks battled back from a 33-19 deficit and won seven matches, but the Vikings picked up five falls including one in the final match to down the Hawks 39-37 as Decorah moved to 2-0 on the night. Although the Hawks didn’t win the dual there were opportunities to win the dual which head coach Jeff Voss credits to the improvement the team has made in the first few weeks of the season.
The Hawks did however battle back against Vinton-Shellsburg by winning nine matches, four of those coming by fall as they go on to defeat the Vikings 52-27 as they move to 3-1 in WaMaC dual action. With 16 duals in two weeks Voss says the team will get a much deserved break before coming back to the practice room to start the final leg of the season.
West Delaware will return to action on January 7th as they travel to DeWitt to take on Solon and the host Central Sabers.
There was a top ten match-up in Dubuque last night as 8th ranked Western Dubuque went on the road to take on 6th ranked Dubuque Hempstead. Bobcat junior and top ranked Max Lyon got Western Dubuque on the board as he picked up a fall at 182 pounds setting up the featured match of the night as top ranked heavyweight Gannon Gremmel of Hempstead defeated 6th ranked Aaron Costello of Western Dubuque 7-3. Bradan Birt added a technical fall at 120 pounds for the Bobcats and freshman Ryker Kurimski picked up a major decision at 138 pounds, but the Mustangs had six pins and defeated Bobcats 48-15. Up next for Western Dubuque is a home dual against Dubuque Wahlert on January 5th.