Lynx slap around SC East in final dual of season

WEBSTER CITY – Freshmen oftentimes get bullied and beat up when they step onto the varsity wrestling mat with the big boys.

But it’s duals like this that make it all worthwhile.

The five rookies in the Webster City lineup compiled a 4-1 record and notched 10 bonus points last night inside the WCHS gymnasium to help the Lynx spank Sioux City East, 56-13, in their final regular season tune-up for the postseason.

OK, so two of the freshmen – Gage Sadler (120 pounds) and Collin Oswald (126) – didn’t have to work for their forfeit wins, but classmates Cole Nokes (106) and Gavin Dinsdale (220) delivered the goods.

Leading 5-0 midway through the second period, Dinsdale stacked up Kendrick French for the fall in 2:54, and just minutes later, in the final bout of the dual, Nokes finished off the rout by throwing Larry Vore Jr. to his back in 3:44.

“It was a big night for those guys,” WCHS head coach Ted Larson said. “It’s good for them to get a little bit of a paycheck after everything that they’ve put into it and it makes it easier to go back in that (practice) room (on Friday).”

Nokes notched a takedown, two reversals and three near-fall points before he flattened Vore Jr. for the final time.

“Cole wrestled a good match and that was no fluke,” Larson said. “I love to see him wrestle aggressively like that.”

WCHS (12-7) took 10 of the 14 weights and piled up bonus points – 26 in all – at all 10. The Lynx owned an 82-50 advantage in match points, and picked up four pins and another four wins via forfeit.

“We wrestled pretty well for the most part and it was a good dual for us,” Larson said. “To be at home with a huge crowd, it was awesome.”

Jake Powers (145) toyed with the Black Raiders’ Josh Schambach before cranking on his arm and flipping him for the pin in 3:09. Brandon Patten put East’s Jacob Wiley in a cradle three times before pancaking him for good in 4:27.

Freddie Seeley (113) opened the dual for WCHS with a 19-5 major decision win over Skylar Stamps. Seeley hit a late headlock and had Stamps staring at the lights above when the match ended.

Gus Gasca (195) put on his own clinic – a 13-2 major decision against Calvin Buchanan.

East (9-12) had a brief run midway through the dual when 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Drake Swedlund (152) knocked off Brandon Jessen, 7-0, and Mitchell Otto (160) followed it up by quieting the home crowd with a 6-5 victory over No. 3-ranked (3A) Connor Larson.

Connor Larson is 23-2 since he moved down to 160 and both losses have come against Otto. Last night, Otto snuck out the back side and scored a reversal with 9 seconds left to pull off the one-point triumph.

The WCHS junior remains stuck on 96 career victories.

“It wasn’t a bad match; (Otto) is a tough kid and I think he’s probably a little bit underrated,” Ted Larson said. “Is it going to hurt (Connor)? Nah. Is it going to motivate him? Yeah.”

East opted to run from the Lynx other ranked grappler – No. 3 (182) Dylan Fielder. He received one of the forfeits, as did senior heavyweight Landon Johnson.

WCHS will now begin preparations for the 3A district meet at Fort Dodge High School on Saturday, Feb. 9. The top two place winners at each weight will advance to the state tournament in Des Moines.

Notebook: The pork from 10 donated hogs was auctioned off prior to the start of last night’s dual. A grand total of $3,925 was raised for the Webster City Wrestling Boosters Webster City will host the North Central District AAU State Qualifier on Sunday inside the WCHS gymnasium. Ted Larson says he expects between 400 and 500 kids to compete in the third- through eighth-grade divisions. Weigh-ins will be from 7-8 a.m., with wrestling set for 9 a.m.