Dodgers go 5-0 in Iowa City
IOWA CITY — The third-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team remained perfect on the dual season, going 5-0 and winning the Lepic Duals here Saturday.
The Dodgers (11-0 overall) scored convincing wins over Lewis Central (59-9), Pleasant Valley (64-15), host Iowa City West (43-30), Albia (55-9) and Blue Springs from Missouri (46-27).
Blue Springs was second with Iowa City West finishing third and Albia fourth.
Fort Dodge’s unbeaten trio of Drew Bennett, Brody Teske and Triston Lara all posted 5-0 records, while Damond Lockner, Drevon Ross and Keaton Dornath all did the same.
“(Bennett, Teske and Triston Lara) are really a murderers row for teams facing us,” FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson said. “But Ross stepping in and going 5-0 was huge for his confidence. Brooks Cowell, too, had a big day for us (stepping in for Jeremy Ayala at 106 pounds).”
Cayd Lara was 4-1, falling only in a meeting with top-ranked Nelson Brands, 12-7. Lara is ranked third at 152 pounds.
“It was a tale of two halves vs. Brands,” Thompson said. “It was tight. Cayd scored first, but Brands battled back. Hopefully, he will get another crack at him in the state finals.”
Bennett scored a 5-4 decision over Albia’s Aden Reeves at 113 pounds. Reeves is currently ranked second in 2A and ahead of Bennett nationally.
Cowell also went 4-1, while Levi Trenary, Kaden Smith and Triston Licht each picked up three wins. Logan Finowski and Dorian Franklin won two matches apiece.
Overall, the Dodgers had a record of 52-18, including 22 falls, 11 technical falls and scored 490 match points on the day. Cayd Lara, Ross and Dornath each had three falls, while Teske and Triston Lara recorded three technicals falls each.
“This was a good tournament for us,” Thompson said. “We saw five different opponents that had some good wrestlers. We’ve got a lot of things to work on in the next six weeks, but overall this was a positive step for us.”
Triston Lara had the fastest technical fall of the tournament in 2:35, 23 seconds ahead of Teske’s quickest.
Fort Dodge returns to action Thursday when they head to Marshalltown.