The West Delaware wrestling team advanced to the class 2A regional dual finals last night with a 37-36 semifinal win over West Liberty by way of criteria. After the first six matches the Hawks had jumped out to a 24-6 lead over West Liberty after picking up falls from Nick Casey at 160, Harrison Goebel at 182, and Ben Ridenour at 220 pounds. Senior heavyweight Kaleb Zieser avenged an earlier season loss as he defeated Andy Lopez 3-2, and Ryan Phillips added a fall at 120 pounds but the Comets battled back and tied the dual with just two matches to go. Mitchel Mangold gave the Hawks a six point lead as he won by injury default at 145 pounds, but it was top ranked Joe Kelly at 152 pounds with a fall over Tristan Voelker that knotted the dual meet at 36, and it came down to the seventh criteria which was first match points total, and that gave the win to the Hawks. West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss says the West Liberty dual was the best dual that the team has wrestled all season:
In the final the Hawks took on Davenport Assumption who defeated Independence 58-21 in their semifinal, and the dual meet was tied 12-12 after four matches but Assumption pulled away and won 10 matches on their way to a 50-21 victory over the Hawks qualifying them for the state duals for the 10th straight season. Voss says the regional duals were a great experience for the kids that will be returning next season:
In class 1A North Linn advanced to the regional dual final as they knocked off South Winneshiek 51-30 in the semifinal as they received five forfeits and picked up three falls to advance to the final. In the championship the Lynx took on the host team and top ranked in class 1A Don Bosco, and in the dual the Dons showed their number one ranking as they had four falls and three forfeits as they defeated North Linn 50-21 to advance to next week’s state dual tournament in Des Moines. At Dike-New Hartford, East Buchanan won five matches but fell short as they lost 51-25 in the semifinal against MFL MarMac who dropped the dual against Wapsie Valley in the regional dual final.
Regional duals will continue tonight for class 3A as sixth ranked Western Dubuque will be looking to get back to the state duals for the first time since 2009 as they will await the winner of a semifinal between 10th ranked Dubuque Hempstead and 23rd ranked Bettendorf which gets underway at 6:00. The Bobcats have not wrestled Bettendorf this season but did have a single dual against Dubuque Hempstead back on December 22nd a dual meet the Bobcats won 43-24 picking up five falls and a major decision in that dual meet. Western Dubuque will wrestle the championship match shortly after the semifinal at around 7:15 and can be heard live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Roger Reed and Jamie Vaske.