WATERLOO — The Class 1A schools wanted to have their own party at the Battle of Waterloo this weekend.
Two-time defending tournament champion West Des Moines Valley decided to crash it.
After 1A schools Don Bosco of Gilbertville and Lisbon won morning brackets at the eighth annual Battle of Waterloo Friday, top-seeded and top-ranked Denver was looking to make it three 1A teams in Saturday’s championship pool.
But Valley, ranked fifth in 3A and a second seed, used its balanced lineup to capture the Bill Andrew bracket with a 45-28 victory over the Cyclones.
“There is no shame in losing to those guys,” Denver head coach Chris Krueger said. “We are down a few guys and still had our opportunities.”
North Scott won the Kyven Gadson bracket to join Valley, Don Bosco and Lisbon in the championship pool.
During the morning session, the 1A’s ruled.
Second-ranked Don Bosco, seeded third in the Virgil Carr Bracket, upset Class 2A’s top-ranked New Hampton, 39-27, while Class 1A’s third-ranked Lisbon won the Tony Cordes bracket with a 42-36 win over West Delaware of Manchester.
The Dons, second in the 1A State Duals last February, and the Chickasaws, the defending 2A State Duals champs, had the highlight battle of the morning session.
Don Bosco topped Independence, 68-12, to open its day, and then ran away from second-seeded Waverly-Shell Rock, 46-12, in the semifinals to set up its match-up with New Hampton.
In the Carr Bracket finals, New Hampton got consecutive pins from Evan Rosonke, Noah Glaser and Areon Day at 182, 195 and 220, respectively, to take an early 18-3 lead. But the Dons roared back with three straight pins of their own from Noah Pittman (285), Daniel Kimball (106) and Michael McClellan (113) heading into three swing matches at 120, 126 and 132.
“They won them all. All of them were swing matches and they won them all,” New Hampton head coach Nick Hemann said. “We didn’t wrestle well, but that is a very good team. A very good team.”
At 120, Cael Frost edged Carson Babcock, 3-2, using a reversal to tie the match in the second period and an escape in the third period to win. At 126, Easton Larson scored a reversal and three near fall points to top Mason Cleveland, 16-13, before Max Wettengel edged Max Babcock, 2-0, at 132.
Those wins were followed by a pin by Gable Fox at 138 that wrapped up the dual for the Dons.
“Knew going into my match I needed a fall because I was doing the math in my head,” Fox smiled.
Don Bosco head coach Tom Hogan said those swing match victories were huge.
“That was two good kids rolling around out there and both putting each other in bad positions,” Hogan said of the 126-pound match. “That is what good wrestlers do to each other and whomever can fight out of that bad position usually wins.
“We fought our tail off for sure, even in losses. Our kids are learning how to fight and that is what it takes. I had an idea this could happen ... weren’t exactly sure how we would answer this one (the final) and our kids answered the call. They stepped up when they needed to.”
Denver came into the tournament shorthanded. Already without state runner-up Blake Steege, who is out for the season with a knee injury, the Cyclones also sat returning state qualifier Gabe Lewis with a lingering injury they want to heal with the holiday break coming up.
After crushing Alburnett (77-6) and Clear Lake (55-13) to get to the bracket final, the Cyclones never got on track against West Des Moines Valley. Denver took a huge hit when Brooks Meyer, leading 10-2, got headlocked and pinned by Brendan Nielsen in 5:33 for a 10-point swing in favor of the Tigers at 113.
“That hurt,” Krueger said. “We won matches where I was curious to see if we would win them. I thought we wrestled really, really well the first two duals and I don’t think we wrestled bad against Valley. With the team we had today against the team West Des Moines Valley had, it was just not enough.”
Krueger said his team will turn to Saturday’s competition and try to win its pool for the fourth consecutive season as the Cyclones take on New Hampton, West Delaware and Linn-Mar in the pool made up of bracket runner-ups.
Cedar Falls opened with a 42-35 win over Iowa City West before falling to Lisbon in the semifinals (53-30) and Crestwood (44-18) in the Cordes Bracket. The Tigers were without state placewinner Jakey Penrith at 113, who is nursing a minor injury.
Waterloo West and Waterloo Columbus each went 0-3 and will wrestle in Pool 8 Saturday morning. Waterloo East went 1-2 in the afternoon session, beating ADM of Adel.
Highlights for the metro teams were 3-0 days by Cedar Falls’ Reece Dietz at 106, Bailey Roybal at 113 and Christian Simpson at 138, while West’s Kaden Karns was 3-0 at 113. Tyrell Gordon went 3-0 at 195 for East.
Virgil Carr Bracket
FIRST ROUND — New Hampton 78, Columbus 6. Cedar Rapids Prairie 59, Charles City 24. Don Bosco 68, Independence 12. Waverly-Shell Rock 46, Union 30
SEMIFINALS — New Hampton 46, Cedar Rapids Prairie 25. Don Bosco 46, Waverly-Shell Rock 12
CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS — Charles City 66, Columbus 6. Independence 43, Union 27
SEVENTH PLACE — Union 72, Columbus 3
FIFTH PLACE — Independence 48, Charles City 23
THIRD PLACE — Waverly-Shell Rock 39, Cedar Rapids Prairie 30
CHAMPIONSHIP — Lisbon 42, West Delaware 36
Tony Cordes Bracket
FIRST ROUND — Lisbon 64, Waterloo West 16. Cedar Falls 42, Iowa City West 35. Crestwood 60, Nashua-Plainfield 21. West Delaware 51, Mason City 24
SEMIFINALS — Lisbon 53, Cedar Falls 30. West Delaware 43, Crestwood 30
CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS — Iowa City West 42, Waterloo West 30.Mason CIty 51, Nashua-Plainfield 29
SEVENTH PLACE — Nashua-Plainfield 44, Waterloo West 33
FIFTH PLACE — Iowa City West 41, Mason City 31
THIRD PLACE — Crestwood 44, Cedar Falls 18
CHAMPIONSHIP — Lisbon 42, West Delaware 36
Bill Andrew Bracket
FIRST ROUND — Denver 77, Alburnett 6. Clear Lake 41, Western Dubuque 25. Iowa City High 54, Osage 21. West Des Moines Valley 62, Pleasant Valley 15
SEMIFINALS — Denver 55, Clear Lake 13. West Des Moines Valley 39, Iowa City High 30
CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS — Western Dubuque 63, Alburnett 15. Osage 51, Pleasant Valley 27
SEVENTH PLACE — Pleasant Valley 60, Alburnett 24
FIFTH PLACE — Western Dubuque 55, Osage 23.
THIRD PLACE — Iowa City High 54, Clear Lake 22
CHAMPIONSHIP — WDM Valley 45, Denver 28
Kyven Gadson Bracket
FIRST ROUND — Clarion-Goldfield 66, ADM 15. Linn-Mar 37, Davenport Assumption 36,. Lake Mills 53, Indianola 13. North Scott 63, Waterloo East 17
SEMIFINALS — Linn-Mar 40, Clarion-Goldfield 36, North Scott 38, Lake Mills 27.
CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS — Davenport Assumption 60, ADM 16, Indianola 44, Waterloo East 23
SEVENTH PLACE — Waterloo East 42, ADM 30
FIFTH PLACE — Davenport Assumption 44, Indianola 30
THIRD PLACE — Lake Mills 32, Clarion-Goldfield 31
CHAMPIONSHIP — North Scott 48, Linn-Mar 26