Egli wins title in Ames

AMES – In its first outing of 2013, the Fort Dodge wrestling team competed at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational on Saturday.

The Dodgers tied with Cedar Rapids Jefferson for 10th-place, compiling 101 points. Fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Cedar Rapids Prairie (218), No. 9 (3A) West Des Moines Dowling (173.5) and Humboldt (159.5) paced the field. Webster City (136) finished sixth, while Clarion-Goldfield (118) was ninth.

“This was a tough tournament and a good measuring stick coming right out of the break,” FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson said. “We have a tough schedule the remainder of the year, so we need to get back in the room now and try to improve each outing.”

Third-ranked senior Duke Egli earned the lone individual title for the Dodgers at 170 pounds. Egli, who improved to 20-0 on the season, recorded three pins, including falls against West Des Moines Dowling’s No. 9 Matt Collins and second-ranked Cameron Rathje of Cedar Rapids Prairie by times of 1:57 and 5:31, respectively.

“Duke pinned his way through the tournament and was just dominant,” said Thompson. “He looked outstanding in a tough weight class.”

Erik Birnbaum (106 pounds), No. 7 Riley Prescott (195) and 10th-ranked Kyle Johnson (220) all placed fifth for Fort Dodge with 3-2 records on the day. Sam Cook (182) also finished seventh, while Cole Detmering (113) and Kole Evans (120) each checked in eighth with 3-2 marks.

“Birnbaum and Cook really battled,” Thompson said. “I was proud of our guys for scrapping real hard.”

Humboldt received a runner-up performance from No. 2 (2A) Reed Dreyer (195) and a third-place showing from ninth-ranked Nikko Wheeler (182).

Connor Larson (160) and second-ranked (3A) Dylan Fielder (182) were each champions for Webster City. Clarion-Goldfield’s Matt Odland (145) and No. 2 (1A) Mitch Gambrill (220) both settled for silver.

Next action for Fort Dodge is Thursday in a dual meet at No. 4 (2A) Charles City.