Second Fiddle: WCHS puts together 2-1 record at Lynx Duals

WEBSTER CITY – It’s not a question of if, but when.

It may take a few minutes of circling the mat, pushing and shoving, and slapping his opponent’s head a few times, but eventually Dylan Fielder is going to find the opening he needs to hit his bread-and-butter move – the double-leg takedown.

Just ask OA-BCIG’s Cash Wilcke.

Fielder, the third-ranked (Class 3A) 182-pounder and a Webster City junior, needed only a sliver of daylight to fire in and finish the double-leg in his 5-3 win over the fifth-ranked (2A) Wilcke during the marquee match at Saturday’s Lynx Duals inside the WCHS gymnasium. It was the only takedown of the chess-style bout and it was the difference in the second battle between the two this season.

Fielder also beat Wilcke, 4-3, in the finals of the Jack Mendenhall Invite in Ames earlier this month.

It was Fielder’s patience – six of the final eight points were scored in the last 37 seconds – that made the difference, WCHS head coach Ted Larson said.

“Anybody that is any good at wrestling is watching what Dylan does and everybody knows he’s got a double that he can shoot from anywhere, so we’ve been working with him to not come out shooting that thing right away,” Larson said. “We’ve got to create angles and get into tie-ups, and Dylan did a good job.”

Wilcke tied the match at 3 with a reversal with 20 seconds remaining, but Fielder hit a switch off a restart for a reversal with under 10 seconds left to seize control. The two traded escapes at the start of the second and third periods.

Fielder was one of five Lynx wrestlers to go unbeaten on the day. WCHS finished with a 2-1 record to finish second behind Indianola.

The Lynx whipped Des Moines Roosevelt (64-9) and OA-BCIG (60-13) before losing a tight affair to Indianola (34-32).

“It was a good day, but I’d like to have a couple matches back against Indianola because we could have won that dual,” Larson said. “But Indianola is pretty good. I’m not going to take anything away from them.”

The Lynx and Indians split the 14 weights in the final round, but Indianola held a 13-11 advantage in bonus points. WCHS compiled a 29-13 overall record in the three duals and accumulated 13 falls.

Brandon Jessen (152), third-ranked Connor Larson (160), Brandon Patten (170) and Gavin Dinsdale (220) joined Fielder with 3-0 marks.

Subbing for the injured Alex Oswald, Jessen looked right at home with a pin in his first match against Roosevelt’s Daniel Lewis.

“(Jessen) had a great day,” Ted Larson said. “That’s the beauty of what we’ve got going on right now. We’ve got depth, and for him to go 3-0 is pretty awesome.”

Connor Larson pushed his career win total to 96 and he needed only 1 minute, 27 seconds of mat time to get there. He sandwiched two first-period falls around a forfeit win.

Patten piled up bonus points in all three of his matches; he stuck two foes and notched a major decision triumph.

Fielder had one fall, and Dinsdale, just a freshman competing in the second heaviest weight class, recorded a fall and major decision.

“Gavin started half a season behind (because of injury), but he’s starting to find his rhythm now,” Ted Larson said. “I think there’s a lot of potential there and he’s starting to believe it, too.”

Freddie Seeley (113), Gage Sadler (120), Jake Powers (145), Gus Gasca (195) and Landon Johnson (285) all went 2-1 for the Lynx. All 14 grapplers produced at least one win.

Ted Larson also felt his young grapplers had their bright moments. Freshmen Cole Nokes (106), Sadler and Collin Oswald (126) all had one pin.

“It’s a pretty big deal for Nokes, Sadler and Oswald to get falls,” he said. “They need wins and they need confidence.”

WCHS will host its final dual of the season on Thursday when it welcomes Sioux City East to town. Junior varsity competition is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with the varsity dual to follow.

It will be the team’s final tune-up for the 3A district tournament in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Feb. 9.