The Iowa Central wrestling team is always at the center of title talk come February
This season isn't expected to be any different, but it might take a little longer than usual for the Tritons to round into form under head coach Luke Moffitt.
Sixth-ranked Iowa Central, which had six place finishers and three NJCAA national champions highlight last season's runner-up sqaud, wipes the slate clean this year. Terrel Wilbourn is the lone returnee, but he'll be redshirting.
Photo by Paul DeCoursey
The Iowa Central wrestling team opens the home portion of its season tonight against Iowa Lakes.
The Tritons open the home portion of their schedule tonight against Iowa Lakes at 7 p.m.
Iowa Central will lean heavily on sophomore Frank Cagnina, who won a title at the Harold Nichols Open earlier this month in Ames. Cagnina will miss some time due to an injury.
"As coaches, we don't exactly know what to expect yet,'' said Moffitt, a former Big Ten champion and Iowa Hawkeye wrestler. "This team is going to go out and compete hard. I do know that much.
IOWA CENTRAL WRESTLING
Sophomores - Tristan Bundy, 125, Union, NJ; Tyler Reiste, 133, Linden; Terrel Wilbourn, 149, St. Louis; Frank Cagnina, 149, Hillsdale, NJ; Kenan Jackson, 157, Charleston, SC; Cody Harrison, 174, Eagle Grove; Colin Hewitt, 174, Franklin, NJ; Michael Hale, 197, Clear Lake; Cheven Okonoboh, HWT, Alexandria, VA.
Freshmen - Chad McCannon, 125, Danville; Stephen Mincey, 133, Minneapolis, MN; Quashan Logan, 133, Pontiac, MI; Andy Robinson, 133, Anchorage, AK; Marcus Peterson, 141, Clarion-Goldfield; Royce Nessa, 141, Webster City; Dylan Bryce, 141, Spirit Lake; Nick Lospinoso, 149, Kennilworth, NJ; Brandon Silbaugh, 149, Jefferson; Luis Sifuentes, 149, Fonda; Ray Welch, 149, Merrimack, NH; Devin Geoghegan, 157, Kennilworth, NJ; Tyler Adams, 157, Harriman, TN; Dillon Geoghegan, 165, Kennilworth, NJ; Billy Behle, 165, Bondurant; Devoniere Jackson, 165, Pontiac, MI; CJ Navarro, 165, Rochelle, IL; Joey Powers, 165, Webster City; Jesse East,1 65, Brooklyn; Dawud Hicks, 174, South Plainfield, NJ; Joe Stanton, 184, Harriman, TN: Josh Schoenberger, 184, Fountain, CO; Chance Copper, 184, Southeast Webster-Grand; Zach Holthaus, 184, Plainfield; Michael Licht, 184, Fort Dodge; Brandon Bradney, 197, Watertown, PA; Ben Schnurr, 197, Fort Dodge; Shane Van Meer, 197, Panora; Malcolm Allen, Rochelle, HWT, NY; Chris Ballard, HWT, Chicago, IL; Micheal Johnson, HWT, Ferndale, MI; Chuch Busch, HWT, Cannodale, CO.
Nov. 28 - Iowa Lakes.
Dec. 8 - at Wartburg Invitational; 12 - Minnesota West.
Jan. 11 -12 - National Duals (Springfield, Illinois); 19 - Regioanl Duals (Mason City); 22 - Ellsworth; 25-26 - Apodaca Duals (Powell, Wyoming); 30 - at NIACC.
Feb. 1 - at Iowa Western; 10 - Regionals (Willmar, MN); 23 - NJCAA Nationals (Des Moines).
"Some of these guys have little or no experience at this level. At this point, it's the simple concept of fighting as hard as you can and representing yourself well.''
Tristan Bundy will get the early start at 125 pounds for the Tritons. Tyler Reiste of Linden will be at 133 pounds.
Stephen Mincey, a state prep runner-up from Minnesota, or Kris Lehman of Guthrie Center will be at 141, with Lehman possibly moving up to 149 tonight against the Lakers.
The Tritons will have a set of twins from Kennilworth, N.J. competing at 157 and 165. Devin Geoghegan is the frontrunner at 157, with brother Dillon at 165.
Billy Behle of Bondurant-Farrar and Kenan Jackson of South Carolina are at 174.
Joe Stanton of Tennessee is at 184, with Pennsylvania native Brandon Bradney filling out the spot at 197.
Chris Ballard of Chicago takes the heavyweight spot.
"There will probably be several lineup changes early on,'' Moffitt said. "They'll have to battle with each other to claim the spot.
"We hope to be solid around February for the national tournament.''
Webster City's Royce Nessa (141) and Joey Powers (165), along with Marcus Peterson (141) and Cody Harrison (174) of Eagle Grove, are area North Central Conference representatives for the Tritons.
Fort Dodge's Michael Licht (184) and Ben Schnurr (197) are also fighting for spots. Chance Copper (184) of Southeast Webster-Grand is on the squad as well.
"We're hoping to have everything in place and look to defend our national duals title in January,'' Moffitt said. "We know where we want to be at the end of the year. We're starting young, but the energy is there."
Moffitt is assisted by former Fort Dodge Senior High state champion Mark Rial, ex-Dodger state placewinner Troy Bennett, and Kit Hovey.