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February 21, 2014

Kings' high crashes

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The Kings’ tough times didn’t end there. They continued right into the consolation round.

“We tried to get focused on the next round, but we had a hard time coming back,” Lueders said.

Dustin Caldwell ran into 2013 state champion Jake Woodard of Bettendorf – who was knocked off in the first round – and Woodard pinned Caldwell a fraction of a second before the second period ended. Next, Chase was reversed to his back and pinned in 1:10 by 10th-ranked Mason Kerr of Southeast Polk. Clinton’s day ended when seventh-ranked Tom Schiffer of Mason City beat Clark 8-2.

“It’s part of the sport,” Lueders said of the losses, “but the part I don’t like is it was all in the same day.”

Bettendorf, coached by former Clinton four-time state champion Dan Knight, closed the first day of competition with the team lead with 33 points, followed in the top five by Southeast Polk (29.5), Waverly-Shell Rock (27.5), Cedar Rapids Prairie (17.5) and Marion Linn-Mar (17). Clinton was tied with Johnston and Keokuk for 26th place with six points.

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