HS Wrestling: West Delaware, Independence Qualify For State Duals

Two area teams qualified for next Wednesday’s state duals at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines as West Delaware and Independence qualified with two wins in last night’s regional duals. West Delaware took on Anamosa in the first dual as they took the next step in their state title defense as they defeated the Blue Raiders 75-3. The Hawks jumped out to a 12-0 when Anamosa’s Mitchell Engelbart won their lone match with a 3-2 win over Connor Funk, but the Hawks would go on to win the final 11 matches and had a total of 11 falls in the dual. West Delaware head coach Jeff Voss says even though the Hawks were favored in the dual his message to the team was to not take anything for granted:

In the second dual West Delaware took on Camanche who defeated Solon in the other semifinal. The Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Hawks won the next three matches to take a 15-6 lead. Camanche would win three more matches in the dual with all of those wins coming by fall but the Hawks picked up four pins of their own and won 10 of the 14 matches and won 54-24 to qualify for the state duals for the third consecutive season, and Voss says the team will focus on the 14 individuals wrestling at districts before they turn their attention to the state duals:

Independence qualified for the state duals and it came down to the final match of the night for the Mustangs to defeat Charles City 31-29. In the opening dual Independence defeated Mount Vernon 58-10 to set up the regional dual final with the Comets. It was a back and forth dual which saw Charles City get out to an early 12-3 before Independence tied the dual with two straight wins. The dual would continue to go back and forth and Charles City led 29-22 with just two matches left but it was Mustang seniors who won the dual at the end as Matthew Doyle picked up a fall and Cole Davis who scored a late takedown to win 4-2 to give the Mustangs the two point win.

The first round of the class 2A state duals will be next Wednesday starting at 9:00 as the seeding of the field will take place today and will be released once it is completed. The rest of the 2A field along with West Delaware and Independence is Williamsburg, Winterset, Davenport Assumption, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Humboldt, and Osage.

Beckman fell 49-30 to Denver in the first round of the regional dual at Denver as the Cyclones went on to win in the final over New London. The rest of the class 1A field features West Sioux Hawarden, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Don Bosco, Lisbon, Woodbury Central, Lake Mills, and Logan Magnolia.

Coming up tonight on KMCH, Western Dubuque will look to get to the state duals as they will take on Dubuque Hempstead with the winner moving on to take on Waverly-Shell Rock in the final. Roger Reed and Jamie Vaske will have live coverage starting at 5:45.