Even though the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets captured a 53-21 win over Albia on Jan. 9, the Blue Demons came through with a couple of individual upset wins.
Michael Thomas defeated eighth ranked Tate Ricard 9-5 at 138 followed by Barrett Bonnett beating sixth ranked Tristin Sales 4-2 at 145.
The Blue Demons also picked up a win at 120 with Logan Carter picking up a forfeit, 126 with Dawson Bonnett beating Wiatt McGatchey 3-0 and at 106 with Carter Anderson pinning Tyler Schutt in 1:56.
Cadydn Hall pinned Brodie Connor in 1:03 at 113, Levi Vandonsler pinned Joey Pearson in :33 at 132, Hunter McFadden pinned Stephen Conley in 5:18 at 152, Kyler Ricar earned a forfeit at 160, Alan Angle pinned Joe Myers in :32 at 170, Sage Walker pinned Gavin Shaw in 1:03 at 182, Connor Reed earned a forfeit at 195, Colton Campoux pinned Kaleb Sample in 1:14 at 220 and Skyler Young picked up a forfeit at 285.
The Blue Demons wrestled Knoxville with better team results, winning 41-30.
Luke Spaur beat Logan Carter 3-0 at 120, but Dawson Bonnett pinned Kade Bellon in 2:47. Joey Pearson lost by fall in 2:58 at 132 to Hayden Hatch, but Michael Thomas returned the favor with a pin over JJ Beaver in 2:57 at 132. Barrett Bonnett made it two pins in a row with a 1:37 fall over Koby Gordon at 145.
Stephen Conley picked up Albia’s third straight pin in 1:31 over Jax Bellon. Cael Hollinrake picked up a forfeit for Knoxville at 160 and Nash Linsley pinned Joe Myers in 1:32 at 170. Albia’s Devin Kimball lost by fall in :22 to Gavin Montalvo at 182. Gavin Shaw lost a heart-breaker, 3-2 to Wyatt Darnell at 195. Kaleb Sample won by forfeit at 220 and there was a double forfeit at 285.
Carter Anderson scored a technical fall over Marco Alejo 16-0 in 3:31 to end the meet.
“Individually, we had some kids that really performed well,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “We had a couple of wrestlers that won matches that we weren’t necessarily favored to win, which was really great to see. I really liked the fact that our kids responded the right way regardless of whether they won their match or not. It would have been pretty easy for our guys to get caught up in the emotion of the evening against two SCC rivals like Eddyville and Knoxville, but they stayed very level-headed and did what was expected of them, even in a very intense wrestling environment.”
Filling the weights is an issue right now for the Blue Demons. “We are having a really hard time fielding a consistent line-up for our dual team right now for several different reasons,” said Coach Wenger. “We need to do a much better job of being committed to the sport of wrestling for more than just two hours out of the day. We have been coming into the room and practicing well each night during those two hours, but there are a lot of things that we can do differently when we are away from the wrestling room. Wrestling is not a two-hour daily investment this time of the year. If we get that figured out, the results will look a lot different, but for now, it is what it is. We will have to make specific daily investments to get where we need to be as a dual team.”
1/14—@Fairfield with Oskaloosa (JV-V). (Details in Thursday's U-R)
1/16—@Chariton with Southeast Warren and Clarke (JV-V)