Iowa Western only had seven of its nine ranked wrestlers in the lineup when visiting Iowa Lakes on Wednesday.
That was more than enough to leave town with a 30-6 dual victory.
"The team score doesn't indicate how we wrestled tonight," said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. "We lost a lot of close matches and fought hard throughout the night. Iowa Western has a very solid team and we were out-matched several times but I was proud of the kids on the way they battled at all times."
In the 174-pound match which featured the No. 4 and No. 5 rated wrestlers in NJCAA?Division I, Iowa Lakes’ Nick Lawrence fends off Iowa Western’s Devin Peterson on Wednesday. Lawrence, ranked fourth, won 4-0.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The Lakers only had one of their two ranked wrestlers on the mat.
The 174-pound match featured Iowa Lakes' fourth-ranked Nick Lawrence against Iowa Western's fifth-ranked Devin Peterson.
The two wrestlers were scoreless through two periods, but Lawrence held Peterson down the entire second period to earn riding time.
Lawrence scored an escape early in the third period and then a late takedown for a 4-0 victory.
Iowa Lakes' other win came at 184 pounds. Ethan Lindquist score five quick points to start the first period against Iowa Western's Josh Kloppel and then built up riding time. He added a takedown and two back points in the second period to build a 9-0 lead.
Kloppel, ranked 10th, scored a pair of takedowns in the third period but Lindquist prevailed 11-4.
The dual meet started at 125 pounds with the Reivers' third-ranked Mason Todd pinning Dustin Horne in 2:31.
The Lakers then lost a series of close matches.
Dylan Konechne (133) lost 6-4 to Daniel Farrell; Cody Cline (141) lost 9-5 to 12th-ranked Tyler Nation; Alex Anderson (149) lost 6-5 to Peter Stewart and James Smith (157) lost 5-1 to ninth-ranked Zak Benitz.
Also Riley Edwards (197) lost by fall to Derek Geddings in 1:05. Glenn Cothren (HWT) lost an 11-3 major decision to fifth-ranked John Jude.
Iowa Lakes travels to the Dick Walker Invite in Waverly this Saturday to wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule.