Cruise Control: Lynx win 6 of 7 matches, 5 by fall versus Eagles

WEBSTER CITY – It was over before it started.

No, seriously, it really was over before the first two kids stepped onto the mat and shook hands.

The beneficiaries of seven forfeit victories, the Webster City wrestling team picked up 42 free points – not that the Lynx really needed them – in their North Central Conference dual against Eagle Grove last night inside the WCHS gymnasium.

A sweep of the seven remaining matches by fall is all that could have given Eagle Grove a chance, but the Lynx owned the action that did take place too, as they captured six of the seven bouts – five coming by fall – to overwhelm the depleted Eagles, 75-3.

“On a night like this with (Eagle Grove) going through what they’re going through, it’s tough,” WCHS head coach Ted Larson said. “It’s tough to get motivated, so my concern is that we stay focused and stay intense going into Saturday (at the ADM Adel Invite).”

The Eagles (0-8, 0-6 NCC) forfeited from 160 pounds through 220 at the onset of the dual, giving WCHS a 30-0 lead before anything had even started. Larson said his upper weights spent an hour prior to the dual drilling in the practice room in an attempt to keep them sharp.

“We ran an hour of practice,” he said. “We wanted to get everybody in that competitive mind.”

The Lynx (9-5, 6-1 NCC) – who remained in second in the conference dual standings behind No. 7-ranked (Class 2A) Humboldt – collected wins by fall from 10th-ranked Landon Johnson (285), Gage Sadler (120), Tanner Hoveland (132), Jake Powers (145) and Alex Oswald (152).

Freddie Seeley (113) overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat Dylan Sporaa, 4-2, as he rode the Eagle grappler the entire third period.

Sadler used a quick takedown to control Parker Slagel before eventually recording the fall in 1:40. Hoveland led 6-2 after one period on Jas Jamison, and a headlock led to a second-period reversal and fall in 2:30.

“Those matches that we had were big matches,” Ted Larson said. “It was good for Gage, good for Tanner and good for Freddie to get those wins because they were for seeds at conference.”

WCHS owned a 32-14 advantage in match points, and the Lynx piled up nine of the 11 takedowns in the dual.

New rankings released

There was some movement in the latest Class 3A individual rankings, released by The Predicament on Thursday.

Lynx junior Dylan Fielder is now the man to beat, as he jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 at 182 pounds. But if it caught his attention, he masked it well.

“It’s a new spot, but it doesn’t mean anything until you get to the state tournament,” Fielder said. “I don’t really care about it … the main goal is to get back to state and get on that podium.”

Classmate Connor Larson (160) went from unranked to No. 4 after the wrestling weekend of his life at last Saturday’s Jack Mendenhall Invite – a tournament where he topped three ranked foes, including then-No. 1 (2A) Tanner Schaefer of Spencer.

“I’ve always wanted to beat (Schaefer) to prove a point, but I also wanted to prove something to myself and everybody else,” Connor Larson said.

Connor Larson began the year ranked No. 8 at 170, but quickly dropped out after struggling early on. The drop down to 160 seems to have fixed the issue, and he says he’s learned from those early-season mistakes.

“When I was ranked at the beginning of the year I didn’t wrestle really well, so I’m not going to let it bother me this time,” he said. “I’m just going to ignore it because I’ve got to get to state this year. That’s what matters.”

Johnson stayed at No. 10 at heavyweight. It’s the first time this season in which the Lynx have placed three wrestlers in the rankings.