In their opening dual of the evening, No. 6 (Class 3A) Fort Dodge earned a 42-30 win over West Des Moines Valley, before knocking off Dowling 46-24 in their second dual.
‘‘I thought we wrestled pretty flat (last night) and didn’t have much intensity especially against Dowling,’’ Thompson said. ‘‘It’s nice to get two wins, but I know we can wrestle much better.’’
After losing their first match against the Tigers, the Dodgers reeled off five straight wins, including four pins. Senior Keaton Lunn (140) won by fall over Nik Pappas in 3:19 to put the Dodgers on the scoreboard, and ninth-ranked junior Nate Halverson (145) followed with a 6-0 decision against Casey Young.
Trevor Archibald (152), No. 4 Jason Trushcheff (160) and fourth-ranked Tyler Wingerson (171) recorded three consecutive pins, and the Dodgers were leading 27-3, but Valley would begin to mount a comeback.
At 189 pounds, seventh-ranked Dodger senior Matt Springer lost by a 6-1 decision to Andrew Schultz.
Trailing 27-6, the Tigers proceeded to win the next four matches by fall to regain a brief 30-27 advantage.
119-pound sophomore Keegan Nelson pushed Fort Dodge back in front with a pin of Tae Berger in 3:23, and Cody Marsh (125) claimed a 4-1 decision over Justin Mather.
The Dodgers would seal the win when fifth-ranked sophomore Cole Clarken (130) won by forfeit.
In their matchup with the Maroons, Lunn got the Dodgers out to an early 6-0 lead with a pin of Andy Tyler in five minutes.
Dowling’s James O’Connor then won by fall over Halverson (5:13) and Neil McGuidre registered a 4-1 decision against Archibald, making the score 9-6 in favor of the Maroons, but the lead wouldn’t last for long.
Trushcheff, Wingerson and Springer picked up three straight wins and the Dodgers took a 19-9 lead.
Fort Dodge would eventually pull away, as Chase Grove (112), Marsh and Clarken each tallied pins.
With a pair of victories, Clarken and Truscheff both improved to 10-0 on the young season.
‘‘As a team, we need to regain our focus and keep working hard,’’ Thompson said. ‘‘I think (last night) may be a blessing in disguise for us.’’
Last evening’s true purpose, however, had little to do with the results on the mat.
A free-will donation raised over $700 for former Dodger wrestling standout Doug Black’s daughter Lydia.
Black, a current head wrestling coach at South High School in Blue Springs, Mo., is travelling to China in February. There, Lydia will have exploratory surgery in an attempt to reverse the blindness in that has affected her since birth.
‘‘I am real proud of the Fort Dodge community for stepping up and donating all the money to Doug and Lydia,’’ said Thompson. ‘‘This is a life changing event and my prayers go out to them.’’
The night also had special meaning to FDSH junior Trevor Cook. Cook, who sustained a devastating injury during the football season, returned to wrestle, two junior varsity matches, in which he claimed a pair of wins.
‘‘Six weeks ago Trevor was laid up in a hospital bed and to see him come this far shows a lot of resiliency on his part.’’ Thompson said. ‘‘Wrestling is a high contact sport and you have to be mentally tough too.
‘‘It’s a great testament to Trevor that he could get back out there and participate.’’
In addition to Cook’s two wins, Matt Birmbaum, Adam Miller, Ryan Riesse, David Rogers and Ethan Bartlett all picked up two victories as well for the Dodger JV team.
Fort Dodge returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 3 at Mason City. Start time is set for 7:45 p.m.
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Fort Dodge 42, Valley 30
135 — Zach Williams, V, dec. Brandon Stewart, 3-1; 140 — Keaton Lunn, FD, won by fall over Nik Pappas, 3:19; 145 — Nate Halverson, FD, dec. Casey Young, 6-0; 152 – Trevor Archibald, FD, won by fall over Joe McAndrew, 3:24; 160 — Jason Trushcheff, FD, won by fall over Chris DeZorzi, 1:16; 171 — Tyler Wingerson, FD, won by fall over Michael Foster, 2:25; 189 — Andrew Schultz, V, dec. Matt Springer, 6-1; 215 — Cody Redmond, V, won by fall over Sean Springer, 5:11; 285 – Jake Kirpes, V, won by fall over Jacob Jamison, 2:18; 103 —Brandon Jones, V, won by fall over Monty Arends, 1:28; 112 – Stephen Hernandez, V, won by fall over Chase Grove, 3:30; 119 — Keegan Nelson, FD, won by fall over Tae Burger, 3:23; 125 — Cody Marsh, FD, dec. Justin Mather, 4-1; 130 — Cole Clarken, FD, won by forfeit.
Fort Dodge 46,
140 — Lunn, FD, won by fall over Andy Tyler, 5:00; 145 — James O’Connor, D, won by fall over Halverson, 5:13; 152 — Neil McGuidre, D, dec. Archibald 5-1; 160 — Trushcheff, FD, major dec. Lucas Zachary, 14-3; 171 — Wingerson, FD, won by fall over Tyler Kempkes, 3:10; 189 — Springer, FD, dec. Logan Poe, 5-4; 215 — Zach Bonnstetter, D, dec. Springer, 6-0; 285 – Spencer Emerson, D, won by fall over Jamison, 3:16; 103 — Arends, FD, won by forfeit; 112 – Grove, FD, won by fall over Casey Rogers, 2:58; 119 — Patrick Schroeder, D, won by fall over Nelson, 1:00; 125 — Marsh, FD, wonb by fall over Dakota Poe, 1:49; 130 — Clarken, FD, won by fall over Jordan St. Arnold, 3:34; 135 — Stewart, FD, dec. Cory Devries, 3-2.