WATERLOO — The fight was there on both sides of the mat.
Cedar Falls had just a little more than Waterloo East Thursday at Fred J. Miller Gymnasium as the Tigers rolled to a 49-19 Mississippi Valley Conference dual win.
After falling behind 12-0 after two matches, Cedar Falls got pins from Bailey Roybal at 106, Jakey Penrith at 113, Jackson Barth at 120, Tanner Doyle at 160 and Dakota Southworth at 170 to bring its dual record back to .500 at 11-11 overall, 3-2 in the MVC.
“It was pretty good,” Tiger head coach Michael Kelly said. “Their guys came out and fought, but we just stayed real fundamentally solid in matches and fought back, because they really fought us.”
Cedar Falls also got a major decision at 126 from Jack Plagge.
East’s senior Tyrell Gordon, who picked up his 100th career win over the weekend at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Invitational, opened the evening with a 1 minute, 8 second pin at 220 pounds.
“I’m just trying to stay the same, take every match one at a time, because they are all important if I want to reach my goal,” said Gordon, who is ranked second at 195 in Class 3A behind Iowa City High’s Jacob Dykes. “The 100 ... I don’t think that is a big deal. I expect myself to keep getting better and reach for higher goals.”
The Trojans also got a forfeit at 195, and their other two wins came from Jaxon Bentley at 145 (16-5) and Raquem Saffold at 182 (11-4).
“The effort was good, but we had some kids give up some stuff that they shouldn’t be giving up,” East coach Jay Llewellyn said. “We’ve got to figure some things out.”
#MASONSTRONG: One of Cedar Falls’ own is recovering from a sledding accident that occurred in December.
Junior Mason McCartan suffered five broken ribs, a collapsed lung, two fractures to his spine, several facial fractures, a major skull fracture and brain trauma Dec. 29 and spent the past 18 days at the University of Iowa Children’s hospital recovering.
McCartan currently is at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo until doctors can remove his feeding tube and he can be moved to the On With Life facility in Ankeny.
“He’s scrapping and improving every day,” Kelly said. “We are getting positive news every day. The kid is a fighter. Our guys think about him every day. We talk about him every day. Around here, we are wrestling for Mason.”
Kelly has started a fundraising effort at https://www.youcaring.com/masonmccartan-1072116 to help raise funds to help cover some of McCartan’s medical expenses.
Cedar Falls 49, East 19195 — Brennan Davis (East) won by forfeit, 220 — Tyrell Gordon (East) pinned Clint Boevers, 1:08, 285 — Justin Campbell (CF) won by forfeit, 106 — Bailey Roybal (CF) pinned Dylan Good, :28, 113 — Jakey Penrith (CF) pinned Adrian Doyle, :42, 120 — Jackson Barth (CF) pinned Chryshaun Taylor, 4:59, 126 — Jack Plagge (CF) dec. Brayden Good, 16-4, 132 — Anthony Chiatello (CF) dec. Matthew Cary, 9-3, 138 — Christian Simpson (CF) dec. Aidan Ernst, 9-3, 145 — Jaxon Bentley (East) dec. Nick Wessels, 16-5, 152 — Tanner Mostek (CF) dec. Antonio Rodriguez, 9-3, 160 — Tanner Doyle (CF) pinned Andrew Mora, 1:14, 170 — Dakota Southworth (CF) pinned Dylan Pryor, 4:41, 182 — Raquem Saffold (East) dec. Tommy Custer, 11-4.