Lynx win NCC team crown

It was far from perfect, but things went just about as well as Webster City head coach Ted Larson could have asked here Saturday at the North Central Conference meet.

After placing six wrestlers in the finals, the Lynx claimed two individual titles and the overall team crown.

Webster City scored 203 points, five better than runner-up Clarion-Goldfield. Clear Lake was third, followed by Humboldt, Algona, Hampton-Dumont, St. Edmond and Iowa Falls-Alden.

“We had 14 wrestlers score points and that’s how you win tournaments,” WCHS head coach Ted Larson said. “When you do that, you’ve had a really good day.

“Did we win all the matches we wanted to? Of course not, but that will help us get motivated for the rest of the year.”

Jacob Powers at 145 pounds and Alex Oswald at 160 won golds for the Lynx, while Tanner Hild, Connor Larson, Brandon Patton and Dylan Fielder were runners-up.

The loss for Connor Larson was a difficult one, as it kept him from becoming the seventh NCC wrestler to win four titles in as many years.

Powers earned a 9-5 decision over Brady Brott of Clarion-Goldfield in the finals, while Oswald, ranked eighth, claimed a 10-4 decision vs. Algona’s Josh Strohman.

“This was a really tough meet, which we knew going in,” Larson said. “Our kids had a really good day overall, with some pulling out several big wins.”

Freddie Seeley, Ryan Ferrari, Gus Gasca and Gavin Dinsdale all added thirds, while Gage Sadler placed fourth.

The Lynx will see many of these same teams and individuals next month, including Humboldt at sectionals. The opposing sectional features Algona, Clear Lake, Hampton-Dumont and Iowa Falls-Alden.

“We had some key wins over guys we’ll likely see down the road,” Larson said. “Hopefully, we can build off this and continue on (towards state).”