The West Delaware and Crestwood wrestling teams had 12 head-to-head match-ups in last Saturday’s sectional tournament with each team winning six of those matches, but last night it was the Hawks who turned the tables on two of those matches on their way to a 42-24 victory qualifying them to the state duals for the first time since 2013. The Hawks won nine of the 14 matches in the dual and after building a 25-9 lead, junior Mitchel Mangold just three days removed from a 6-4 win over Chris Guest in the sectional final took the mat to face Guest again, but last night Mangold got an early takedown and turned Guest to his back to record a fall in 1:31 to put the Hawks up 31-9. At 182 pounds it was a rematch of Saturday’s sectional final which went to the Cadets, but it was Hawk junior Jordan Bries coming back after giving up a fall on Saturday to take a 4-2 win over Judd Grover to put West Delaware up 38-15 and putting the dual meet out of reach. West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss knew coming in that the Crestwood dual would be close and he credits his wrestlers for the strides they have made all season:
West Delaware defeated Union La Porte City in the semifinal 51-16 as Crestwood defeated Dubuque Wahlert 41-22 setting up the exciting final dual, and with a packed house Voss said the kids really fed off of the fans:
The Hawks will be the fourth seed in the state duals and will face a familiar opponent in Davenport Assumption who defeated the Hawks in two straight state dual finals by a total of three points and the team who beat them in the regional dual final last season, but Voss says they will take the same approach they have used all season into that dual:
First round coverage for the Hawks will be at 11:00 am next Wednesday from Des Moines with Roger Reed, Jamie Vaske, and former West Delaware state champ Zach McCool.
Other area regional dual scores from last night include:
Washington 49 Beckman 25
Solon 45 Independence 24
Denver 77 East Buchanan 3
Wapsie Valley 36 Maquoketa Valley 31
Sigourney-Keota 54 Cascade 30
Our regional dual coverage continues tonight as Western Dubuque looks to make a second straight appearance to the state duals as they will travel to Iowa City High as they will face Linn Mar, a team the Bobcats faced at the Linn Mar duals back on January 6th, a dual meet they won 33-28. In that dual both teams won seven matches but it was the bonus points for the Bobcats that led them to the victory and head coach Paul Cleary knows they will need to wrestle well to have a similar result:
If Western Dubuque wins the first dual they will face sixth ranked Iowa City High for a shot at the state duals, and although the Bobcats wouldn’t be favored in the dual coach Cleary believes anything can happen if a team gets hot at the right time:
Roger Reed and Jamie Vaske will bring you all of the hold-by-hold action of the Bobcats regional duals on KMCH and KMCH.com starting at around 5:50.