Dodger wrestlers head to Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Fort Dodge wrestling team will put itself to the test against a pair of top-ranked programs today at the J-Hawk Invitational.

The meet begins at 10 a.m., with finals set for 4 p.m. Track Wrestling will be used, allowing fans unable to make it to the tourney an opportunity to follow along online.

Joining the Dodgers will be No. 1 (Class 1A) Alburnett and top-ranked (2A) West Delaware. The rest of the field includes Benton, Boone, Clinton, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Dubuque Hempstead, Fort Madison, Johnston, Lake Forest (Ill.), Marshalltown, Oskaloosa, Waterloo East and the host, Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Nearly 40 ranked wrestlers are expected to suit up, including Fort Dodge’s Duke Egli. Last year, Egli captured a title at the invite, as the Dodgers placed fifth overall.

West Delaware earned the team crown, followed by Alburnett, Fort Madison and Johnston.

“This is another great test for our kids, especially the younger ones, to see where they are at right now,” FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson said.

Thompson sees West Delaware and Fort Madison as the top contenders once again. West Delaware features seven ranked wrestlers, including Patrick Woods, Jacyn Goebel, Adam Reth and Dean Broghammer – all of which are rated No. 1 at their respective weights.

Alburnett has No. 1s in Hunter Washburn and Connor Shulista.

Fort Dodge is coming off a 10th-place finish last Saturday at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational, and were defeated in a dual by No. 4 (2A) Charles City on Thursday.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of good things out on the mats, but we need to continue to build confidence,” Thompson said.

Egli, who is unbeaten on the year, earned wins over two ranked wrestlers last weekend. He could face another in No. 9 Andrew Landgrebe of Oskaloosa.

Fort Dodge’s Kyle Johnson, who is ranked ninth at 220, has three other rated grapplers in his division, including Reth. Six ranked wrestlers could be featured at 113 pounds, while 138 boasts four.