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January 31, 2014

River Kings dominate double wrestling dual

CLINTON — There were all sorts of reasons Clinton's wrestlers could have just come out and gone through the motions Thursday night.

The River Kings were facing Davenport North and Davenport Central, two of the not-so-good teams in the Mississippi Athletic Conference. North had five open weights, Central six, so Clinton, which fields a full lineup, would receive six points for each of those wins. The double dual already had been postponed twice because of the weather conditions. Finally, the MAC conference meet was just two days away, and the Kings couldn't be blamed for looking ahead to Saturday.

They didn't let any of those factors get in the way of a pair of dominating wins.

Wrestling for the final time in Yourd Gymnasium, senior twins Alex and Dustin Caldwell set the tone early in each match, leading Clinton to a 66-6 win against North and a 64-9 victory against Central.

"There was not really too much (distraction)," Alex Caldwell said. "We've been going Thursday-Saturday all year. Going Tuesday (the first rescheduled date) would have been tougher."

Both Caldwells followed an opening forfeit at 138 pounds with pins to give the Kings a solid start against North.

"For sure, that was a good way to start," said Dustin Caldwell, who was honored as he came off the mat for winning his 100th career match last week. "There was no momentum after Curt (Ilg) got the forfeit. We had to get a little momentum going."

After that, it was hard to stop the Kings.

They lost just a pair of decisions against North, ones that Clinton coach J.D. Lueders said could have been avoided. North's Ryan Gomez beat Evan Gerdes 3-2 at 220 pounds, and Devon Ramirez scored a takedown in the final seconds to beat Tyler Clark 3-1 at 285.

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