Dodger wrestlers come up short

URBANDALE – The Fort Dodge wrestling team was unable to overcome a forfeit and several falls, as Urbandale pulled out a 41-36 dual meet victory here Thursday.

The Dodgers (0-1 overall) earned pins from six wrestlers, but it wasn’t enough.

Cole Detmering, Jonah Egli, Sam Cook, Riley Prescott, Triston Lara and Erik Birnbaum all scored falls to start their season off on the right note.

“The forfeit hurt us, and having to move Riley and Carlos (Rocha) hurt us, as well,” FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson said. “We knew that these early duals would be a grind because we have a lot of inexperienced kids that are learning to compete at the varsity level.

“I was pleased with the performances of our experienced kids, along with Triston.”

Prescott, ranked fourth at 195 pounds, earned a fall at 220 pounds in under two minutes, while Lara – rated sixth – and Birnbaum – ranked fifth – needed just over a minute each.

Determing started the dual off with a fall in 1:27, with Cook’s pin coming in 2:28.

Egli, ranked seventh, picked up his pin in 1:26.

“Those six, they took care of business,” Thompson said. “I told the kids we just need to go back to the wrestling room and get better; improve our conditioning, wrestle hard and work to get better.”

Fort Dodge returns to action this weekend at the Emmetsburg Invitational.