HS Wrestling: Three Area Teams Qualify For State Duals

Three area wrestling teams advanced to the 2019 state duals as West Delaware, Western Dubuque, and Independence all won their regional duals to move on to wrestle next Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. West Delaware made quick work of their two opponents last night as they blanked Washington 84-0 and followed that up with a 75-6 win over Camanche. In the first dual the Hawks jumped out to a 48-0 lead with seven falls and one forfeit and once Washington was mathematically out of the dual they were requested by their administration to forfeit the remainder of the matches to get the wrestlers home safely with the icy roads that were forecast giving the Hawks the 84-0 victory. Camanche upset West Liberty in the other semifinal forcing a match-up with the Hawks that on paper looked to be a exciting dual especially as the Hawks and Indians have four first round matches at the district meet on Saturday. Unfortunately Camanche did not wrestle five of their starters which resulted in six points for the Hawks in each of those matches either by pin or forfeit giving the Hawks the 75-6 win as they outscored their two opponents 159-6 and went 27-1 on the night. West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss says now that the goal of getting to the state duals is accomplished it’s time to take advantage of the opportunity:

The Hawks received the top seed in the state duals and will wrestle 8th seeded Sergeant Bluff-Luton in first round.

The Independence Mustangs also advanced to the state duals with two wins of their own Wednesday night as they defeated Hampton-Dumont 39-33 and upset 3rd ranked New Hampton/Turkey Valley 36-34 in the regional dual final. In their first dual the Mustangs were trailing 27-18 midway through the dual but rattled off four straight wins including three falls to secure the dual meet over Hampton-Dumont forcing the final with New Hampton/Turkey Valley. The championship dual was a back and forth dual and the Mustangs found themselves trailing by four points going into the final match needing a major decision or better from junior Christian Kremer who bumped up to 220 pounds from his normal 195 pound weight class to try and win the dual. Kremer got out to a 5-0 lead early in the match and was two points away from a major decision when he got a reversal and pinned Carter Reicks to punch the Mustangs ticket to the state duals with a 36-34 win. Independence received the 7th seed in the dual tournament and will take on the 2nd seed and WaMaC conference foe Solon in the opening round.

Western Dubuque defeated Iowa City High for the third time this season securing their spot in the state duals with as they defeated the Little Hawks 40-21. The Bobcats trailed 21-12 at the midway point of the dual leading them right into the heart of their lineup as they won the final five matches with four of those wins coming by fall as they return to the state duals for the first time since 2017. The Bobcats are the 8th seed in class 3A and will take on top seeded Southeast Polk in the first round.

The first session for all three area teams is at 9:00 am next Wednesday.

Other Area Scores:

Maquoketa Valley 54 Wilton 24

Lisbon 60 Maquoketa Valley 24

Beckman 45 Alburnett 36

Denver 65 Beckman 18