The Albia wrestling team captured its 7th an 8th dual meet victories Tuesday, beating Sigourney-Keota 60-0 and Cardinal 71-0. Albia is now 8-3 in duals this season.

“We’ve made a little progress since last week,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “As you may recall, we were struggling a little bit in regards to finding a more permanent home weight class-wise from an individual standpoint. Once we got everything sorted out, we’ve been able to be quite a bit more productive as a dual team. If anything else, we can file it away under ‘lesson learned.’ Obviously, experience can be a pretty cruel teacher sometimes, but in this case it was pretty effective. We are one step closer to understanding who we are, which is pretty encouraging because these guys are pretty tough when they put their minds to it.” 

Albia 60 Sigourney-Keota 24

Sigourney-Keota forfeits played a key role in Albia’s win. Albia picked up forfeits at 138 with Michael Thomas, 145 with Barrett Bonnett, 195 with Devin Kimball, 285 with Kaleb Sample and 106 with Carter Anderson. Albia forfeited 152 and 220.

In contested weight classes, Eli Zanoni pinned Evan Dawson at 132 in 5:42, Stephen Conley pinned Nate Schuster at 160 with six seconds left in the match after trailing most of the way, Brodie Connor pinned DJ Hammes in :54 at 113, Dawson Bonnett pinned Dan McLaughlin in 3:40 at 120 and Logan Carter won by injury default at 126. Gavin Shaw lost by fall in 5:08 at 170 to Aidan Schuster and Joe Myers lost by fall to Cade Streigle at 182 in 1:45.

Albia 71, Cardinal 0

The Blue Demons ran the table on Cardinal.

Albia earned forfeits at 145 with Barrett Bonnett, 152 with Stephen Conley, 182 with Joe Myers, 195 with Devin Kimball, 220 with Kaleb Sample, 106 with Wyatt Stewart, , 126 with Joey Pearson and 132 with Eli Zanoni. There were double forfeits at 160 and 285.

In contested weight classes, Albia dominated. Michael Thomas pinned Jacxon Behrle in 2:13 at 138, Gavin Shaw pinned Brody Adam in 4:37 at 170, Carter Anderson beat Gunner Zugg at 113 by technical fall, 17-0 in 1:55, and Brodie Connor pinned Mason Shepherd in 3:30 at 120.

Albia’s next meet is at Pleasantville on Thursday against Pleasantville, Davis County and Central Decatur and in the Rich Gray Classic at I-35 on Saturday.

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