Dodgers split home mat opener

Fort Dodge started its long wrestling weekend with a dual meet split against Johnston and Waukee here on Thursday night.

The Dodgers picked up their first win of the young season with a 39-28 victory over Waukee in the opener, but dropped a 46-23 final to Johnston in the last match.

Johnston came away with a sweep, beating Waukee, 37-23 in the other CIC?non-divisional dual.

The Dodgers (1-3) will head to Council Bluffs today for a two-day tournament featuring 28 squads, including many of the best from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Minnesota.

“I am sure this was different for us,” FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson said. “It’s a different experience wrestling a double dual and wrestling so late.

“Our lineup has two seniors. It was a growing experience. This whole weekend will be just that.”

Fort Dodge got important wins in two very different ways to beat Waukee.

Freshman Keaton Dornath started a string of four straight pins for the Dodgers at 170 pounds. He used a penalty point with just four seconds left in regulation to force overtime with Waukee’s Shane Spyksma.

Dornath then used a headlock to start overtime and pinned Skyksma in 6:44.

Junior Tim Gailey gutted out a 1-0 win over Christian Hofbauer at 120. Gailey got an escape in the third period and kept Hofbaur at bay the rest of the way.

The Dodger also got falls from Jonah Egli at 152, Sam Cook at 182, Riley Prescott at 195 and Carlos Rocha at 220. Prescott got his fall with just two seconds left in the match. Rocha also scored a third-period fall.

Erik Birnbaum beat Noah Gratias 11-4 at 113 pouinds and Logan Kipfmiller won 6-3 over Abdul Delati at 145 pounds for the other Dodger wins.

Waukee got wins from Jakob Allikson at 106, Max Scheve at 126, Danny Collins at 132, Grant Brown at 138 and Alex Long at 285. The difference was the Warriors recorded three pins while the Dodgers had five.

“That’s going to be the tale of the tape in dual meets for us this year,” said Thompson. “It’s all about matchups. Our young will have to mature and our older guys will have to get better.”

The Dodgers, ranked 10th in Class 3A, dropped the final five matches against Johnston after fifth-ranked Birnbaum’s pin at 113 had pulled them to within a point at 24-23.

The Dragons got pins from defending state champ Henry Pohlmeyer at 126 and Jeff Guttin at 138 during the final run.

Egli, ranked 7th, pinned Alec McCombs in 1:55 to start things off for the Dodgers at 152 and Fort Dodge went ahead at 195, getting a fall in 1:40 from Cook at 182 and a 3-0 win by Prescott at 195. Cook is ranked fifth and Prescott fourth.

Triston Lara, ranked sixth, posted a 13-6 victory at 106, but Birnbaum’s pin in the next match would be the last win for Fort Dodge.

In today’s tournament, teams from Nebraska include Creighton Prep, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln East, Nebraska City, Norris, Plattsmouth and South Sioux City. Maysville out of Missouri and Totino-Grace of Minnesota are joined by Olathe North, Olathe South and St. James Academy from Kansas.

Eighth-ranked (2A) Sergeant Bluff-Luton and fourth-rated (1A) Woodbury Central are the lone ranked teams from Iowa competing alongside the Dodgers. Other Iowa programs in the field include Ames, Glenwood, LeMars, Lewis Central, Missouri Valley, Newton, Perry, Spirit Lake, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson and Underwood.