No. 2 Tritons roll Lakers

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Thomas Petersen of Iowa Central wrestles against Iowa Lakes Cayelon Barton on Thursday

Despite what the rankings say, the gap between the No. 2 Iowa Central wrestling team and the rest of the ICCAC is still pretty wide.

The Tritons proved that again last night, dominating nearly every match on the way to a 41-5 victory over fifth-ranked Iowa Lakes at Hodges Fieldhouse, the final home meet for Iowa Central.

The Tritons won nine of 10 matches, including two overtime victories and four bonus-point wins.

It was the second win of the year over the Lakers. Iowa Central also swept ICCAC foe North Iowa and the Tritons own wins over No. 4 Ellsworth and No. 9 Iowa Western.

“I came in looking forward to a good meet,” said Iowa Central coach Luke Moffitt. “They had a couple guys out. What was important is our big guns were able to get bonus points. Sometimes you can’t turn that on at districts or nationals. You need to practice it every opportunity you can get.”

Top-ranked Dayton Racer got a fall in 2:59 for the Tritons at 157. Kendrick Jones also recorded a fall at 197 in 1:13.

The Tritons also got bonus points from No. 5 De’Andre Reed who won 11-0 at 141 and from top-ranked heavyweight Thomas Petersen, who rolled to a 16-4 victory.

The meet started with a bang as Iowa Central’s Danny Bush, ranked No. 1 at 184, used a near fall in the third overtime to beat fourth-ranked Isaiah Cox, 8-6.

Todd Small also won in overtime, winning 6-4 with a takedown in the first overtime to beat Brian Maas at 125 and give Iowa Central a 22-0 lead.

Iowa Central’s other win came from Brady Vogel at 165, who won 5-1 over Andrew Tate.

“Todd Small did a good job. That kid was a national qualifier and won a couple matches last year,” said Moffitt. “We still have a lot of work to do. Everything from the little stuff to getting ourselves in better shape.”

Iowa Central’s No. 2 Brandon Murray received a forfeit at 149 as did Antrez Clagon at 174.

Iowa Lakes got its only win at 133, where fourth-ranked George Farmah won by technical fall over Jeremiah Colon in 6:33.

Iowa Central is back in action Saturday at the Duhawk Open in Dubuque.

Iowa Central 41,

Iowa Lakes 5

174 — Antrez Clagon, IC, won by forfeit; 184 — Danny Bush, IC, dec. Isaiah Cox, 6-4 OT; 197 — Kendrick Jones, IC, pinned Jovan Ignacio, 1:13; 285 — Thomas Petersen, IC, dec. Cayelon Barton, 16-4; 125 — Todd Small, IC, dec. Brian Maas, 6-4 OT; 133 — George Farmah, Iowa Lakes, tech. Fall Jeremiah Colon, 6:33; 141 — De’Andre Reed, IC, dec. Kylan Seats, 11-0; 149 — Brandon Murray, IC, won by forfeit; 157 — Dayton Racer, IC, pinned Dejonte Horne, 2:59; 165 — Brady Vogel, IC, dec. Andrew Tate, 5-1.