WATERLOO — When rivals meet anything can happen and the Waterloo West and East wrestlers put on quite a show in their metro dual with Waterloo Columbus Tuesday night at Oppold Gymnasium.
As expected, the Trojans and Wahawks battled down to the final match before a decision could be made.
The Trojans left with a sweep, as they whipped the Sailors 64-15, then needed Brayden Good’s 5-0 victory over Brenton Rodriguez to defeat West, 37-33.
“I knew what I had to do whether the score was close or not,” said Good. “I knew I had to go out there and dominate. He (Rodriguez) is good and he fights tough on the bottom and I was trying my hardest to pin him, and I had to keep myself in position to win.
“When it was over it felt so good and we sent out a message tonight. We still have some things to work on but we will get there.”
The Trojans needed to rally in the heavier weights as they trailed the Wahawks, 24-12, going into the 182 pound bout.
Raquem Saffold began the rally with a major decision over Brenden Burton, then Brennan Davis (195), Tyrell Gordon (220) and Javontis Sisk picked up pins for another 18 points giving the Trojans a 34-24 edge.
The Wahawks answered with a rally of their own when Teme Larson pinned Dylan Good in 58-seconds followed by Kaden Karns getting a last-second victory at 113 to cut the deficit to 34-33, setting up Brayden Good’s win.
“I thought for the most part West out wrestled us,” Trojans’ coach Jay Llewellyn said. “I was a little disappointed that we didn’t pick up more points than we did because we won three of the first five matches but it was tied. When you wrestle your cross town rival you don’t expect to win every match, but we do insist that every kid go out there and wrestle hard for six minutes.
I thought Brennan Davis fought hard at 195 getting that pin, and that was really a big difference for us.”
Davis pinned Ismet Alicajic to cut into the lead as they trailed 24-22 at that point.
“I was kind of hoping we would have wrapped the thing up before that final match,” Wahawks’ coach Alex Dolly said. “We were within a take down at 113 but didn’t get it and we left some points out there. I think the guys need to concentrate on working out year round and be ready for long matches.
“It was pretty exciting though to see that fire from the guys when they went up against East,” Dolly added. “We have to bottle that fire up and use it against everyone we face though. We need to expect to win and not hope to win.”
The host Sailors entered the night knowing victories would only come off individual performances, as they put just five wrestlers on the mat, opening with a 64-15 loss to East.
Three of the bouts went the Sailors way as Sam Hackett pinned Good of East in quick fashion, 14 seconds into the match. Ray Seidel pinned Andrew Mora at 152 and Aidan Schmitz picked up the other points for the home squad as he captured a 5-3 decision over Dae’lon Good.
Trojan Dylan Pryor, at 170, picked up six points as he put Mitch McFarland’s shoulders to the mat at 4:36, and Chase Niles claimed a major decision versus Ethan Holton, giving the Trojans another four points at 132.
“When you have so few wrestlers it absolutely becomes an individual sport,” Sailors coach Denny Boleyn said. “We won three of four battles against East, and we got to start a new tradition here by ringing the bell after a pin. We fought hard in each match and gave ourselves something to build on. The guys are going out there with a fun attitude and they battle for six minutes and their goal is to make that next guy not want to wrestle them.”
The Sailors fell to the same fate in the last bout of the day as the Wahawks cruised to a 78-6 decision. McFarland bounced back from his previous match and pinned Noah Susong for the only Sailors win.
WATERLOO EAST 64, WATERLOO COLUMBUS 15
120—Brayden Good (WE) won by forfeit, 126—Chryshaun Taylor (WE) won by forfeit, 132—Chase Niles (WE) major dec. Ethan Holton 12-2, 138—Aidan Ernst (WE) won by forfeit, 145—Jaxson Bentley (WE) won by forfeit, 152—Ray Seidel (WC) pinned Andrew Mora 3:40, 160—Aidan Schmitz (WC) dec. Dae’lon Jordan 5-3, 170—Dylan Pryor (WE) pinned Mitch McFarland 4:36, 182—Raquem Saffold (WE) won by forfeit, 195—Tyrell Gordon (WE) won by forfeit, 220—Brennan Davis (WE) won by forfeit, 285—Javontis Sisk (WE) won by forfeit, 106—Sam Hackett (WC) pinned Dylan Good :14, 113—Isiah Ledesma (WE) won by forfeit.
WATERLOO EAST 37, WEST 33
126—Taylor (WE) dec. Cole Knight 10-4, 132—Roger Giunta (WW) pinned Niles 3:21, 138—Ernst (WE) pinned Eddie Lanier :49, 145—Bentley (WE) dec. Richardson Gbeynie 8-5, 152—Jacob Oliver (WW) pinned Mora 2:48, 160—Evan Becker (WW) pinned Jordan 1:52, 170—Noah Susong (WW) pinned Pryor :48, 182—Saffold (WE) maj. dec. Brenden Burton 14-2, 195—Davis (WE) pinned Ismet Alicajic 3:35, 220—Gordon (WE) pinned Javarious Burris 1:48, 285—Sisk (WE) pinned Malvin Lokeijak , 106—Teme Larson (WW) pinned Good :58, 113—Kaden Karns (WW) dec. Ledesma 4-3, 120—Good (WE) dec. Brenton Rodriguez 5-0.
WEST 78, COLUMBUS 6
132—Giunta (WW) won by forfeit, 138—Lanier (WW) won by forfeit, 145—Gbeynie (WW) won by forfeit, 152—Oliver (WW) pinned Seidel :59, 160—Baker (WW) pinned Schmitz 5:34, 170—McFarland (WC) pinned Susong 1:45, 182—Burton (WW) won by forfeit, 195—Alicajic (WW) won by forfeit, 220- Burris (WW) won by forfeit, 285—Lokeijak (WW) won by forfeit, 106—Larson (WW) pinned Hackett 1:08, 113—Karns (WW) won by forfeit, 120—Rodriguez (WW) won by forfeit, 126—Knight (WW) pinned Holton 1:38.