FD’s Cook captures CIC title

PLEASANT HILL – Sam Cook gained so much from one match on Friday night.

The Dodger sophomore came away with the 182-pound Central Iowa Conference championship, defeating Rocky Lombardi of West Des Moines Valley, 7-0, for the crown.

Cook earned redemption over the ninth-ranked Lombardi, who pinned the No. 5 Dodger at the Ames Invitational. Cook also moved up a spot on the medal stand after finishing second as a freshman.

“Sam got the title after finishing second last year and defeated the kid who has beaten him earlier this season. That’s a lot of vindication,” said Fort Dodge head coach Bobby Thompson. “He just seems to be firing on all cylinders.”

It was an impressive day for the Dodger squad as well, as they came away with a fifth-place team performance.

Southeast Polk (235.5) was the champion, while Valley (152.5) was second, followed by Dowling (149) and Mason City (149).

“I was very pleased overall,” Thompson said. “We had six in the semifinals and three in the finals.

“Eight of the 10 guys we brought down placed, and everyone won at least one match.”

Cook earned falls in both of his other victories on the day.

“This should really help with Sam’s confidence,” Thompson said. “He just wrestled tremendously.”

Also reaching the finals for the Dodgers was freshman Triston Lara (106) and senior Riley Prescott (195).

Lara, who is ranked fourth, lost to Waukee’s No. 3 Jakob Allison, 6-4. Allison has now handed Lara two of his three losses.

“Triston wrestled tough in a difficult bracket,” Thompson said. “(In the finals) it was 3-3 heading into the third. We chose down and he (Allison) got a turn.”

Senior Riley Prescott dropped a tight 7-5 decision to sixth-ranked Deion Mikesell of Southeast Polk in the 195-pound final.

“Riley’s kid was huge,” Thompson said. “If we would have got the momentum started a little earlier on, I think we could have won that match.

“Riley is gaining confidence. I hope this will open him and Sam up, so they can show their true skills.”

Eighth-ranked junior Erik Birnbaum lost a 3-2 overtime decision to seventh-ranked Zach Barnes of Waukee. Birnbaum bounced back with a 7-4 decision to finish third.

“Erik had a tight match (semifinals). Both guys were taking shots (in overtime) and he capitalized on one of our shots and pulled out the win with about five seconds to go,” Thompson said. “Erik wrestled a tough tourney and came back to finish third.”

Cole Detmering reached the seminfinals after picking up two victories. He finished fourth, losing to Des Moines Lincoln’s Tyler McGhee.

Jonah Egli (152) lost his semifinal match to Des Moines Lincoln’s Nate Luna. Egli had to injury default back to fourth place.

Kole Evans (126) finished sixth and Logan Kipfmiller was eighth (145).

The Dodgers are back in action on Thursday when they head to Ames.