Dodger wrestlers head to W-SR

WAVERLY – The Fort Dodge wrestling team will take a step out of traditional tournament style and travel to the Waverly-Shell Rock dual tournament today.

The Dodgers will open tournament action today at 10 a.m. against Waterloo West. They’ll face Des Moines East at 11:15 a.m. and Waukee at 12:30 p.m. They’ll finish the tournament with the host Go-Hawks at 2 p.m. Mason City will also be in attendance.

Fort Dodge is coming off a disappointing home triangular against Mason City and Ankeny, were they lost twice, but head coach Bobby Thompson is hoping for a turnaround.

“I hope we can go out and fight harder than we did (on Thursday),” Thompson said. “We have to get more confidence.

“We had a good practice (Friday) and hope that carries over.”

Thompson’s a big fan of the traditional Saturday tournament format, but likes the fact that everyone is guaranteed four matches.

“I like the traditional over the dual, but this late in the season it’s good to get as many matches as you can,” Thompson said. “In this dual tournament, we’re guaranteed four matches each.”

Fort Dodge’s second-ranked senior Duke Egli will look to reach 100 career wins, as he’s sitting at 97 currently.

Also ranked for the Dodgers is Riley Prescott (No. 8 at 195) and Kyle Johnson (No. 9 at 220).

Waterloo West’s lone rated wrestler is top-ranked Marcus Harrington at 195.

For Waukee, Chris Grow is rated No. 7 at 132 pounds.

Waverly-Shell Rock enters with eight ranked wrestlers. Rated for the Go-Hawks is Nate Sands (No. 9 at 113), Justin Reiher (No. 7 at 126), Bryce Steiert (No. 4 at 132), Andrew Steiert (No. 2 at 138), Corey Abernathy (No. 5 at 145), Spencer Derifield (No. 2 at 152), Adam Walther (No. 3 at 195) and Kaleb Staack (No. 3 at 220).