No messing around: Lynx put Cadets, Gaels away early; now 3-0

FORT DODGE – From the middle weights to the big boys, the Webster City wrestling team has the arsenal to throw one hammer after another out onto the wrestling mat.

Iowa Falls-Alden and Fort Dodge St. Edmond were just the latest opponents to feel the wrath.

From 138 to 285 pounds last night, WCHS went 17-1 and stockpiled 48 bonus points to steamroll the Cadets, 69-12, and the Gaels, 45-33, in a North Central Conference triangular inside the St. Edmond High School gymnasium.

It just so happened that the two duals began right in the Lynx wheelhouse – the bout against IF-A opened at 132 and St. Edmond was forced to begin at 138 – and it took them less than 20 minutes in both to essentially slam the door. They improved to 3-0 overall and in the NCC and have outscored those three foes by 103 points (164-61).

“We needed to start where we did because we knew we were going to need big points out of our seniors and the guys with experience, especially against St. Edmond,” WCHS head coach Ted Larson said. “We needed falls instead of decisions and (technical) falls and that’s what we got.”

WCHS took the first 10 weights against IF-A and built a 57-0 advantage. Following forfeit wins for Gage Sadler (132) and Ryan Ferrari (138) the Lynx rattled off seven consecutive falls – none that got out of the second period – by Jacob Powers (145), Brandon Jessen (152), Alex Oswald (160), fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Connor Larson (170), Brandon Patten (182), fifth-ranked Dylan Fielder (195) and Gus Gasca (220).

Heavyweight Gavin Dinsdale ran the stretch of triumphs to 10 with a 2-1 decision over Gared Stockwell.

WCHS wrestled without three of its regular lightweights – Derick Khaleck (106), Cole Nokes (113) and Tanner Hoveland (132) – due to illness. Senior veteran Tanner Hild (152) also sat out with a shoulder injury.

Jessen, a senior who was 6-2 in spot varsity duty a season ago, proved the overwhelming depth the Lynx possess. He’s yet to find a permanent spot in the lineup and yet he decked two opponents in the first period; St. Edmond’s Jack Kersten bumped up a weight to face Jessen and lasted just 46 seconds.

“When I say our seniors performed, that includes Brandon,” Ted Larson said. “He did this for us last year, too.

“There are a lot of (schools) that would like to have our JV guys and we know that, and that’s why we’ve entered them in several 1A varsity tournaments this year because they deserve that.”

Jessen’s quick win over Kersten was part of a 42-0 start to the dual against St. Edmond. Oswald and Connor Larson spent less than a minute on the mat before they showed their opponents the lights, while Ferrari and Patten needed less than 1:30 to finish their work.

St. Edmond offered up forfeits to Powers – the lone unbeaten remaining on the Lynx roster – and Fielder.

The Gaels won six of the final seven weights – Dinsdale was the lone holdover for the Lynx when he thumped Caelon Burbank, 7-2 – and piled up four falls, a tech fall and major decision.

St. Edmond’s own thumpers – top-ranked Vinnie Harvey (220), third-ranked Ryan Szalat (113) and third-ranked Kaden McClintock (120) – all contributed bonus points.

“We knew we were going to be hurtling (late in the dual) because St. Edmond’s lineup at (the lightweights) is strong,” Ted Larson said. “I’m not happy with everything that happened, but I’m happy with our guys that stepped in; those freshman (Trey Nelson at 106, Steffen Chambers at 113 and Ty Schnathorst at 126) never quit fighting. They made freshman mistakes, but that’s to be expected. We’ve got time with them.”

Junior Freddie Seeley (120) picked up a win by fall against Iowa Falls-Alden before running into McClintock.

McClintock and Connor Larson are both three time NCC champions.

WCHS will return to its own stomping grounds on Saturday to host the Dick Kennedy Duals. Competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.