WATERLOO — It didn’t take long for the Waterloo West to take out its frustrations on day two of the Battle of Waterloo.
After suffering close loses against Iowa City West and Nashua-Plainfield Friday night, the Wahawks breezed to big wins over Waterloo Columbus (72-9) and ADM of Adel (54-17), then coasted past Alburnett (66-18) to claim the Pool 8 championship.
“Today was very good for us, as we cut down on a lot of the mistakes we have been making,” West coach Alex Dolly said. “We actually wrestled well the past few days and this team has come a long way. These kids have worked hard and they really deserve this today.”
The Wahawks collected nine pins in the final match of the day, with four of those bouts settled in less than a minute.
Getting the quick falls were Javarious Burris in 28 seconds, Kaden Karns in :20 and Brenton Rodriguez in :31.
Other fast-paced finishers were Richardson Gbeynie (:32) and Brenden Burton (:44).
In one of the longer matches of the day, Jacob Oliver squared off against Macauley Riley of Alburnett.
“We had wrestled some pretty hard teams the last few days and lost some close ones,” Oliver said. “I knew with everyone getting those pins ahead of me, I was not going to lose and I wanted to pin my guy. I just went out and kept attacking and fighting, and once I am on top I’m fairly good from that position and I was going for points. I felt good about getting him turned and knew he was not going to beat me.”
Oliver’s tactic proved flawless as he pinned Riley in 2:32.
“This whole team fell hard yesterday, but we bounced back today,” said Oliver. “We came back with an attitude of going out to fight, and we proved that we we can take on any field and today really helped with our confidence.”
Waterloo East came up just short of winning Pool 7. After winning their first two duals, the Trojans put on a late charge in their final dual with Union Community but came up short, 37-33.
“I was happy with our effort all day, but we did leave some points out on the mat,” East coach Jay Llewellyn said. “We are young and learning with eight of our starters being freshmen or sophomores. It was very frustrating to know in a close meet like this we can leave points out there that could have got us a two-point victory instead of a four-point loss. We will just have to work it out over break and learn to compete a little better.”
The Knights were happy with the big lead they built and the ability to hang on for the win.
“This was a total team effort today,” Union coach Bart Mehlert said. “Our guys’ effort was high yesterday and a little higher today. East has a scrappy crew and we got a little beat up here. We will just have to prepare for next Thursday and hopefully get some of our guys on the mend.”