Bonus points fall in Lakers favor against Reivers
Tied at 15-15 after eight matches, Iowa Lakes dual against visiting Iowa Western came down to the final two matches.
Ranked second at 197 pounds, Christian Delaney gave Iowa Lakes a five-point lead with a technical fall, 20-3, win over Seth Ham. That made the team score 20-15.
All Iowa Lakes heavyweight Elvis Banks had to do was avoid being pinned by No. 4-ranked Stephen Boone.
Banks did his job and Dulaney only earned a 6-0 decision.
That gave the Lakers a 20-18 team victory as both teams entered the night ranked third in the most recent NJCAA poll.
“The guys all battled hard,” said Iowa Lakes coach Cody Alesch. “It was a back and forth dual from the start. We had a couple matches I believed we were very capable of winning but we didn’t get it done. It was not a lack of effort just some things we have to clean up and work through. Bonus points were big tonight as each team won five matches and we stepped up and got a bonus point win at 197 and then didn’t give up the bonus points at heavyweight in the last match where they were heavily favored.”
The night didn’t start well for the Lakers as sixth-ranked Brian Maas (125) lost a 5-2 decision to unranked Emmanuel Browne.
Ranked third, George Farmah (133) came back with a 7-3 decision over Charles McCombs.
At 141, Kyl Seats lost 11-4 to Derek Miller and battled hard to avoid giving up a major decision.
The Lakers got back on track as Kaz Maia, ranked sixth, won an 11-7 decision over Tell Ward.
A big win for the Lakers came at 157 pounds ad DeJonte Horn pinned Chase Clasen in 3:35.
But Iowa Western won the next two weights. Cody Kingery (165), won 10-5 over Andrew Tate and Preston Lauterbach (174), ranked second, got the pin back by beating Eric Vigo in 1:42.
The Lakers began the comeback when Isaiah Cox (184), ranked third, won 6-4 over Timothy Barr. That win tied the team score at 15-15, setting up the final scenario.
“It was a good win going into Christmas break,” said Alesch. “We look forward to National Duals Jan. 5-6 in Fort Wayne, Ind.”