Dodger wrestlers top Marshalltown

The Fort Dodge wrestling team opened the second half of the season with a methodical 39-24 home victory over Marshalltown Friday night.

The Dodgers, now 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the CIC Northern Division, were supposed to also wrestle Charles City in a double dual, but the Comets backed out at the last moment because of the cold weather that already settled into northern Iowa.

The whole evening was one of strange routines, with a Friday match, no school for the wrestlers during the day and the last-minute change in format. FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson said he wasn’t surprised some of his wrestlers had a hard time adjusting.

“It’s sometimes hard for kids to adjust to a new routine,” said Thompson. “I thought back to when I wrestled and when we had something that wasn’t routine, I would have a lackluster performance sometimes.

“The guys that are seasoned wrestlers, it didn’t affect them necessarily. Some of the kids just wrestled flat.”

Fort Dodge got four falls in the meet, with the biggest coming from senior Cory Alexander, who pinned Marshalltown’s Jordon Paone in 2:37 at 138 pounds, putting the meet out of reach. It was big because the Dodgers had to forfeit at 145 pounds.

“Having (Alexander) back in the lineup is nice, and getting that fall really helped,” said Thompson.

Another key win came at 285, where senior Carlos Rocha moved up a weight class and pinned Marshalltown’s Richard Luethje in 1:08.

“Carlos came up big for us,” said Thompson. Rocha moved up from 220 where he was going to receive a forfeit anyway. Fort Dodge was going to forfeit at 285, but Thompson said he thought getting those extra points might be the difference in the meet.

Rocha’s fall started a run of four straight Dodger wins. Fourth-ranked Triston Lara moved his record to 19-1 with a fall in 1:39 over Ryan Bitker. No. 4 Erik Birnbaum then pinned Doston Harrelson in 1:08, running his mark to 17-1.

“Triston and Erik came out and got after it,” said Thompson.

Cole Detmering won by forfeit to give the Dodgers a 30-6 advantage.

Fort Dodge lost back-to-back one-point matches at 126 and 132. Reese Hagman won 5-4 over Kole Evans at 126, and Mitch O’Hare posted a 4-3 victory over Keegan Cook at 132. Both scored on an escape in the third period for the winning points.

Jonah Egli, ranked ninth, got the Dodgers back on track with a 5-3 win over Peyton Williams at 152.

Marshalltowns’ Derek Mann, ranked No. 2, got the Bobcats started off with a fall at 170, but the Dodgers received wins from No. 7 Sam Cook at 182 and Riley Prescott at 195 to pull even at 6-6. Rocha’s fall at 220 put the Dodgers ahead to stay.

Fort Dodge returns to the mat Monday with a dual scheduled at West Des?Moines Dowling. The Dodgers are home against Ankeny Centennial next Thursday.