By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — DEWITT — Drew Schroeder says Central DeWitt’s upper-weight wrestlers aren’t too worried if they have to make up ground when it’s their turn to step on the mat in dual meets. Even with 2013 state qualifier Jake Feldpausch out for the year with a knee injury, most of the Sabers’ experience comes from 145 pounds and up.
“We never like to start a dual at 106 because we have a lot of freshmen (at the lighter weights),” Schroeder said. “We’re always in it because we count on our upper weights for bonus points and not to give up bonus points.”
The Sabers showed their strength at the upper weights Thursday by beating Vinton-Shellsburg 37-28 and Camanche 54-24 in a triangular meet on their home mat. Vinton-Shellsburg defeated Camanche 42-27 in the other dual.
In both wins, though, Central DeWitt was forced to come from behind.
“I wish some of our upper weights could have had matches,” Sabers coach Ed Vance said. “You can’t give up that many points off the bat and expect to pull it out every time.”
Freshman Tyler Bossom started the Sabers with a win against Vinton-Shellsburg when he beatt Connor Miracle 5-3 in the opening bout at 106 pounds. But, the Sabers trailed 21-3 when they got to senior Emmitt Enyeart at 145 pounds.
“I feel pretty confident once we get that high (in weights),” Schroeder said.
Enyeart is a returning starter, and the Sabers got a boost when senior Jake Kagemann (160) returned to the sport after a year away. Schroeder (170) and Chase Kraklio (182) follow, and both came close to earning trips to the state meet last year as juniors. Feldpausch’s injury prevented DeWitt from having a state-qualifying anchor in the upper weights at 195, but the Sabers still have two more seniors, Riley McDowell and Doug Hayen, at the top two weights.
“One opportunity closed, but another opened up for Feldpausch to help as a coach and another opened for Lucas,” Vance said.
Enyeart pinned Dylan Wagner in 1 minute, 29 seconds to get things rolling for the Sabers. They lost the next match before reeling off five wins in a row, three of them forfeits. Schroeder’s 12-2 major decision at 170 pounds cut the deficit to 25-19.
Central DeWitt pulled even when Chase Kraklio won by forfeit at 182, then took the lead on a forfeit win by Lucas Franzen at 195. Senior Riley McDowell then sealed the team victory with a pin at 220.
The story for Camanche is almost the complete opposite of Central DeWitt. The Indians are loaded with talent in the lower weights but injuries and eligibility issues have thinned out the upper weights, although coach Brent Carstensen said there still is a possibility the Indians could fill all but one weight by the sectional meet.
The Indians got a key win off the mat before they took on Central DeWitt. They won the coin flip before the match that determines which team sends out a wrestler first. By winning that they were able to insert Dawson Sally to take a forfeit at 113 against the Sabers and move up Jeremy Sorem from 113 to 120, Noah Everson from 120 to 126, Brice Everson from 126 to 132 and Jimmy Zhang from 132 to 138.
“We were trying to get all eight of our wrestlers involved,” Carstensen said.
It also gave Brice Everson, Camanche’s lone ranked wrestler, another chance to step up a weight and go against bigger competition. He came through with a 10-1 victory against Central DeWitt’s Ryeland Doolittle at 132.
“That really gives me an edge so when I wrestle stronger kids at 126 I can handle them,” said Everson, who also moved up Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Northeast’s top wrestler, Tyler Schoon.
Everson’s win gave the Indians a 20-0 lead against Central DeWitt, but once again, the Sabers didn’t need to worry. They won the next nine matches, getting six forfeits along with pins from Blake Chapman (138), Mason Cousins (152) and Franzen (195), before Camanche closed the dual with a 13-3 major decision by Nathan Thoms.
Thoms (106) had a pin and a major decision for the Indians, as did Brice Everson. Jeremy Sorem beat Vinton-Shellsburg’s Max Wehage 6-1 at 113 and Central DeWitt’s Eric Schoel 10-2 at 120.
Despite the two losses, Carstensen said he is seeing positive signs from his wrestlers.
“It’s encouraging,” he said. “I see some kids who were not seeing success early doing things they didn’t used to do,” he said.
VINTON-SHELLSBURG 42, CAMANCHE 27
285 — Stevie Henry (VS) wbf; 106 — Nathan Thoms (C) pinned Connor Miracle 3:47; 113 — Jeremy Sorem (C) dec. Max Wehage 6-1; 120 — Noah Everson (C) wbf; 126 — Brice Everson (C) pinned Navon Dunlap 2:25; 132 — Nick Hyland (VS) pinned Jimmy Zhang :49; 138 — Tanner Davis (VS) wbf; 145 — Dylan Wagner (VS) wbf; 152 — Michael Neal (VS) pinned Jack Damgaard :53; 160 — double forfeit; 170 — Warren Rouse (VS) wbf; 182 — Damien Sweely (C) wbf; 195 — double forfeit; 220 — Jacob O’Brien (VS) wbf.
CENTRAL DEWITT 37, VINTON-SHELLSBURG 28
106 — Tyler Bossom (CD) dec. Miracle 5-3; 113 — double forfeit; 120 — Wehage (VS) pinned Eric Schoel 3:57; 126 — Dunlap (VS) wbf; 132 — Hyland (VS) pinned Ryeland Doolittle 1:16; 138 — Davis (VS) dec. Blake Chapman 5-2; 145 — Emmitt Enyeart (CD) pinned Wagner 1:20; 152 — Neal (VS) m. dec. Mason Cousins 10-2; 160 — Jake Kagemann (CD) wbf; 170 — Drew Schroeder (CD) m. dec. Rouse 12-2; 182 — Chase Kraklio (CD) wbf; 195 — Lucas Franzen (CD) wbf; 220 — Riley McDowell (CD) pinned O’Brien :49; 285 — Henry (VS) dec. Doug Hayen 1-0.
CENTRAL DEWITT 54, CAMANCHE 24
113 — Dawson Sally (C) wbf; 120 — Sorem (C) m. dec. Schoel 10-2; 126 — N. Everson (C) wbf; 132 — B. Everson (C) m. dec. Doolittle 10-1; 138 — Chapman (CD) pinned Zhang 4:43; 145 — Enyeart (CD) wbf; 152 — Cousins (CD) pinned Damgaard 3:15; 160 — Kagemann (CD) wbf; 170 — Schroeder (CD) wbf; 182 — Kraklio (CD) wbf; 195 — Franzen (CD) pinned Sweely :57; 220 — McDowell (CD) wbf; 285 — Hayen (CD) wbf; 106 — Thoms (C) m. dec. Bossom 13-3.