Sergeant Bluff-Luton hands Le Mars first MRAC wrestling loss
LE MARS — The Le Mars Community wrestling team entered Thursday’s dual meeting against Missouri River Activities Conference foe Sergeant Bluff-Luton with a 10-1 dual record and 4-0 mark in conference duals. By the end of the night, the Warriors had claimed a 50-26 win to hand the Bulldogs their first loss since falling to West Lyon early in the season.
“We just weren’t the better team tonight,” Le Mars Head Coach Shane Hessenius said. “We’ve just got to keep getting better. A good job by them, congratulations to them and we’ll go back to work and we’ll see them at that conference tournament.”
Sergeant Bluff-Luton entered the match ranked No. 8 in the initial IWCOA Class 2A dual team rankings while Le Mars was No. 21 in 3A. The dual didn’t start off well for the Bulldogs beginning at the 126-pound weight class as the Warriors opened the dual with five consecutive wins.
“They just got some momentum and at the high school level that’s a big deal and that really helped them out,” Hessenius said. “It’s not like our guys didn’t try their hardest. Sergeant Bluff has hammers at those middle weight classes.”
Ty Koedam, the No. 10 ranked wrestler in the 2A 126-class by The Predicament, opened the match with a win by fall in 1:18 over Daniel Hinds. At 132, the Warriors turned to Nate Curry who is ranked in the top 10 by both The Predicament and IAwrestle. He picked up a win by fall in 1:42 over Matthew Vondrak. Isaac Bryan, a top-five ranked wrestler in both rankings, came next at 138 with a pin of Jackson Sudtelgte in 3:26. Bryan led 4-2 at the end of the first period and extended the lead out to 10-4 before getting the pin.
Cory Bates pinned Jason Sudtelgte in just over a minute at 145 for the fourth win in a row to start the dual. The run continued at 152 as Jack Gaukel won by technical fall 26-11 over Dylan Carlsen. Gaukel traded escapes for takedowns to build up his advantage. He is the top-ranked wrestler in his 2A weight class according to IAwrestle and No. 2 ranked by The Predicament.
The Bulldogs were finally able to get on the board with a win at 160 from Jake Francksen-Small. He earned a 10-2 major decision win over Matthew Headid.
“It was a good win, big win,” Hessenius said. “That kid that wrestled Jake figured out a way to stay on top of him to ride him, so that challenge is good for Jake. That was a big match for them to keep it that close because Jake’s an outstanding wrestler.”
Francksen-Small earned a takedown and back points in the first period before a reversal made it 5-2 after a period. An escape in the second period and a reversal which turned into a near fall brought the final points in the third. Francksen-Small is ranked No. 9 by IAwrestle in that weight class.
The Warriors got two more wins after the win from Francksen-Small. At 170, Blake Liebe pinned Drayden DeBoer in 1:08. It was a battle at 182, but Cale Clausen edged out an 8-5 decision over Riley Sadoski. With a late reversal, Sadoski was able to avoid the pin, but it wasn’t quite enough to get the win.
Le Mars came away with their best stretch of the night to follow which included wins in the top three weight classes. Colton Hoag, a top-10 ranked wrestler in both rankings, got the string started with a win by fall over Bradyn Barclay at 195 in a time of 2:33. After that, Brenick Hoppe pinned Kaiden Dillavou in 1:18. The heavyweight bout went to Justin Otto as he won by a 12-3 major decision. Otto went up 5-2 after a period, added two more points in the second and started the third period with a reversal before finishing off the win.
“Colton looked outstanding so very proud of him. He did a really good job in his match,” Hessenius said. “Very proud of how Brenick Hoppe and Justin Otto wrestled. Justin’s giving up a lot of weight, but he’s wrestling a good heavyweight match. The upper weights were what kept us in that dual.”
The final Le Mars win of the night came as Connor Peterson went uncontested at 106. The Warriors capped off the dual with wins by fall as Aidan Lambertsen pinned Logan Ostermyer in 1:01 and Noah Parmelee topped Blake Dirksen in 1:46.
The Le Mars wrestling team will compete at a dual tournament Saturday hosted by Linn-Mar. Hessenius said the over four hour trip will give the team some exposure to some eastern Iowa teams.
“It’s a long trip, but the thing is, we have to have exposure to the other side of the state being in 3A,” Hessenius said. “Unfortunately we had to leave the West Sioux tournament, it was a really good tournament, but we have to go see those teams on the other side of the state and have some exposure. We may go down there and get our tails whipped a little bit, but that’s okay, we’ve got to know where we’re at. We’ve got to have that competition.”