Tritons spoil opening night
With just one point of separation in the team standings, 17-16, it all came down to the final match as No. 2 Iowa Lakes hosted No. 5 Iowa Central in the first wrestling dual of the season on Wednesday.
However Iowa Lakes freshman William Green-Monroe (285 pounds) couldn’t fend off seventh-ranked Thomas Petersen as he lost by fall in 2 minutes, 54 seconds.
That allowed the Tritons to leave town with a 23-16 victory.
“We had guys not wrestle 7 minutes and Iowa Central out-wrestled us on the mat,” said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. “We have work to do especially on our mat wrestling. A couple guys wrestled really well-both Kaz Maia and Isaiah Cox are wrestling well and fighting the little things in all positions.
At 157 pounds, Maia scored three takedowns and two nearfall points against Iowa Central’s Terrell Pampkin to build an 8-2 lead before finishing off a 13-4 major decision.
At 184 pounds, Cox dominated Brian Standford with a 16-1 technical fall.
The Lakers started the night as Brian Mass (125) jumped out to a 4-1 lead over the Tritons’ Kevin Reyes in the first period and came away with a 7-4 decision, helped by a third-period reversal after Reyes had cut the deficit to one at 5-4.
The Lakers’ other win came at 197 pounds, sophomore Christian Dulaney, ranked second in the preseason, controlled his match with six takedowns to defeat Jacob Baker 14-5.
In a battle of two-ranked opponents at 133 pounds, Iowa Central’s top-ranked Zak Hensley controlled third-ranked George Farmah in an 8-2 decision.
At 141, Iowa Centrals’ Nick Santos defeated fifth-ranked Tyson Leon of Iowa Lakes, out-scoring the Laker wrestler 3-0 in the third period. With riding time, Santos won 7-3.
At 157 pounds, Iowa Central’s Merrick Purcell controlled Iowa Lakes’ Brady Brott early, jumping out to a 6-1 decision in the first period. However, Brott kept finding and a reversal in the second period and a takedown in the third cut the deficit to 6-5. An escape by Purcell though made the deciding score 7-5 in favor of the Tritons.
Iowa Central also won at 174 pounds as Antrez Clagon shut out Damien Chew 8-0 and at 165 pounds as Jonah Egli won a 13-0 major decision over Avery Nelson.
Iowa Lakes returns to action at the Luther Open this weekend.
Match note: Estherville Lincoln Central alum Luke Moffitt (1998) is in his 11th season as head coach at Iowa Central.