Tritons wrestle lone home dual
Iowa Central’s lone home wrestling dual of this season will come tonight in a showdown against 13th-ranked (NJCAA) rival Iowa Western.
Action begins at 7 p.m. at Hodges Fieldhouse.
“(The Reivers) have got some really talented guys, and we’re expecting a good dual,” ICCC head coach Luke Moffitt said. “We just need to (be aggressive) and try to force our style.”
In their last outing on Saturday, the Tritons (7-5 overall, 7-2 in the NJCAA) went a perfect 4-0 at the Iowa/Minnesota Duals in Rochester, Minn., beating Augsburg (26-11), Itasca (57-0), No. 11 Rochester (29-22) and Ridgewater (46-12). Bryce Fisher (197 pounds), Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Michael Licht (184) and 10th-rated Malcolm Allen (285) all went unbeaten for Iowa Central, which earned 13 votes in the latest NJCAA poll.
At the recent NWCA National Duals in Des Moines, the Tritons placed fourth despite being unranked. Richie Lewis (149) and Allen combined for an 8-0 mark on the weekend for Iowa Central.
Nate Smith (125), 12th-ranked Darrell Pampkin (133), St. Edmond graduate Teddie Harvey (141), Ryan Niven (157), Chris Whilden (165) and Zach Holthaus (174) will round out this evening’s Triton lineup.
“They are pretty solid at the upper weights from (165) on, and have a couple of lower weights that are tough, too,” said Moffitt of Iowa Western. “Teddie Harvey’s going to have a big test against (Peter) Stewart.”
Anchoring the Reivers (6-5) on the mat are Adrian Lozano (No. 10 at 125), Tim Hester (No. 9 at 165), Quinton Swanberg (No. 7 at 184) and Tim McDonald (No. 5 at 197). Iowa Western, which finished eighth at the national duals, is in just its third year as a program. Josh Watts, a former three-time Davenport Assumption state champion and ex-University of Northern Iowa and Loras grappler, serves as head coach of the Reivers.
Last winter, Iowa Central dropped a 27-21 decision to Iowa Western in Council Bluffs. During the 2011-12 campaign, the Tritons blanked the Reivers here by a 50-0 final.
“With our scheduling this year, we only have one home dual, so it’s awesome we can get the perfect team to come in,” Moffitt said. “We always get up to wrestle (Iowa Western) and are looking to take them out.”