Teske reaches 100 victories without a loss
Junior becomes first wrestler in school history to do so
COUNCIL BLUFFS — Brody Teske acknowledged his unprecedented accomplishment on Friday night, but quickly steered away from the spotlight.
Fort Dodge’s two-time state champion earned his 100th career victory, becoming the only Dodger in the storied history of the program to reach the mark without a defeat.
His analysis of the achievement was short and sweet.
“100 career wins feels great,” said Teske, a junior. “But the journey isn’t over.”
Teske was one of seven Dodgers to go undefeated in the first round of the Council Bluffs Classic. The Dodgers currently stand in third place with 143.5 points.
Apple Valley (Minn.) is the leader with 193 points and Kearney (Neb.) is second with 156.5 points. Atlantic (114.5) is fourth.
The Dodger standout, who improved to 13-0 on the season, picked up three technical and fall in 1:41. Teske’s tech falls ended in 2:50, 5:54 and 2:43.
“Brody has been consistent,” said FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson. “He’s not where he wants to be yet, but that isn’t stopping him from getting the job done.
“It’s pretty impressive to earn your 100th win as a junior. And to do it without a loss — accomplishing something that’s never been done here before isn’t easy. Our program has as much tradition and history as any in the state.”
Fifth-ranked freshman Jeremy Ayala (106), second-ranked Drew Bennett (113), sixth-ranked Damond Lockner (126), top-ranked Triston Lara (138), fourth-ranked Cayd Lara (152) and Keaton Dornath (182) also finished undefeated for the Dodgers on Friday.
Ayala (14-1) picked up three falls and a major decision. Bennett (12-0) had two falls and a tech fall.
Lockner (14-2) took three falls and two decisions. He will now face top-ranked McGwire Midkiff of Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson on Saturday morning.
“Ayala is just plugging away. He picked up four wins and is sitting in the quarterfinals in a good bracket,” Thompson said. “Drew is doing a great job, and has a potential rematch with (state champion and nationally-ranked Kyle) Biscoglia in the finals.
“Damond has been solid, and will have a tough match against Midkiff.”
Defending state champion Triston Lara (14-0) also had a strong day for the Dodgers, with two falls and two tech falls. Junior Cayd Lara (14-0), who now has 96 career victories, had three falls and a decision.
Dornath (11-2) had three falls and a decision.
“Triston and Cayd are both wrestling with intensity and consistency,” Thompson said. “Keaton is sitting in the quarterfinals after a strong day.”
Sophomore Drevon Ross (132) and senior Levi Trenary (145) both earned three victories and will continue in the Gold Bracket.
Junior Dorian Franklin (160) and sophomore Kaden Smith (170) had two victories each and will also compete in the Gold Bracket. Sophomore Logan Finowski (285) earned one victory.
“Overall, we are wrestling well,” Thompson said. “Everyone came through and got a win.
“There will definitely be some big matches (on Saturday) for us. Everyone fought through to get to this point. This is where it gets fun.”
Action resumes on Saturday at 10 a.m. The finals will start at approximately 4 p.m.