The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

January 31, 2014

River Kings dominate double wrestling dual


CLINTON — "I was a little disappointed they didn't have a sense of urgency," Lueders said. "Then they didn't have mat awareness.

"Overall, though, it was a good night."

Sam Cruthis (106 pounds), Craig Harlock (113) and Riley Chapman (132) added pins against North.

Alex Caldwell was first up against Central, and he opened the meet with a 10-5 decision against Jacob Houghton at 145 pounds. Dustin Caldwell followed at 152 with another pin, this time sticking Chance Skiles in 2:55. Brendan Stoller (160) and Ilg (138) added pins later in the dual, and again, Clinton lost just two matches.

Ilg, like the Caldwells, Chapman (pin, forfeit win), Gerdes (decision vs. Central), Darean Witt (forfeit win, decision) and Hunter Genco (two forfeits), was wrestling at Yourd for the final time.

"It was the seniors' last time at Yourd, and I was hoping all of them could get a match," Lueders said, saying that was motivation to get the duals in, even if it was two days before conference. "They're going to have 48 or 49 wins (in four years)."

Between duals, Dustin Caldwell said: "It's bittersweet. The end is coming, and I'm going to miss it. I'll try to soak it up for the rest of the night."

Alex Caldwell added, "It's weird knowing you're not going to be coming back next year."

But, both are looking for big finishes. That starts with the conference meet that starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Davenport Assumption, and each is hoping it ends by standing on the awards stand at the state tournament for a second time.

The River Kings enter the MAC meet ranked 10th in Iowa in Class 3A, but Bettendorf (No. 2), Pleasant Valley (No. 5) and North Scott (No. 6) are ranked ahead of them, and Assumption is ranked third in Class 2A.

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