Competing for the first time in over a month, the seventh-ranked Iowa Central wrestling team had no troubles with No. 10 Iowa Western here Wednesday night.
The Tritons won seven matches, scoring bonus points in six of them, in earning a 36-9 victory inside Hodges Fieldhouse.
Jeremiah Colon, Riley Palmer and Eddie Smith each scored falls, Eric Clarke had a technical fall, Brady Vogel a major decision, Todd Small a decision and Tyree Sutton picked up a forfeit for Iowa Central and head coach Luke Moffitt.
And while on paper the performance appeared to be a strong one, Moffitt was far from pleased.
“It was a brutal dual to watch,” Moffitt said. “As a whole, we need to get in better shape. We need to do better with our weight-cutting. Maybe since we haven’t cut weight for a month we weren’t ready for it, but you have to do a better job of taking the weight off in the days leading up to (wrestling) and not all at once.
“We need to be better prepared coming in.”
Colon, a sophomore from Mason City, pinned Tatem Blumi at 125 pounds to start the night, earning the fall in 2:10. The brother of former Iowa Central standouts Joe and Jacob Colon, Jeremiah Colon landed two takedowns.
“That’s a weight where you have some added pressure because you are setting the tone,” Moffitt said. “Jeremiah came out and got after it, recording some bonus points and really firing everybody up.”
The featured bout of the dual was next, as Small — ranked No. 1 and a defending national champion for the Tritons — defeated sixth-ranked D’Andre Brumfield, 11-6. Small had four takedowns and didn’t allow one to Brumfield.
Iowa Western got on the board at 141 pounds courtesy of a decision by Kollin Wade over Yar Aldiva, but Clarke halted any momentum with a convincing 18-0 victory over Guy Sudmann at 149.
Palmer, a freshman from Pennsylvania who went 137-22 in his high school career, slapped Joel Becerra’s shoulders to the mat in just 87 seconds at 157 pounds.
“Riley was a state placer (seventh) in high school and won some tournaments early,” Moffitt said. “He didn’t place high at state, but competing in Pennsylvania is a tough draw. We got both him and his twin brother Cary (a 133-pounder). Both are very good.
“Riley is a natural 141, but he wrestled 149 for us and maybe that’s something we look at moving forward. I really like him a lot.”
Tell Ward earned a decision for the Reivers at 165 before Vogel and Smith secured the dual with wins. Vogel topped Brandon Burgos, 20-10, and Smith pinned Joey Sutter in 4:10.
Smith, also a freshman, was a National High School Coaches Association senior division champion this past year and won a pair of state titles in South Carolina.
“Eddie just needs to keep be more offensive,” Moffitt said. “He has a ton of talent and is as strong as an ox, but he needs to go out and use it. When he pulls the trigger, he can be very dangerous.”
Sutton, ranked fourth at 197 pounds, earned a forfeit, with Andrew Pistillo finishing things off with a win at heavyweight for Iowa Western over Jordan Hill.
Next action for the Tritons will be this Friday when they head to Nebraska for the Kearney Duals. Iowa Central is back at home on Jan. 23 when they host third-ranked Ellsworth.
IOWA CENTRAL 36, IOWA WESTERN 9
125 — Jeremiah Colon, ICCC pinned Tatem Blumi, 2:10; 133 — Todd Small, ICCC dec. D’Andre Brumfield, 11-6; 141 — Kollin Wade, IWCC dec. Yar Aldiva, 7-0; 149 — Eric Clarke, ICCC tech. fall Guy Sudmann, 18-0 (3:10); 157 — Riley Palmer, ICCC pinned Joel Becerra, 1:27; 165 — Tell Ward, IWCC dec. Ethan Karsten, 9-6; 174 — Brady Vogel, ICCC major dec. Brandon Burgos, 20-10; 184 — Eddie Smith, ICCC pinned Joey Sutter, 4:10; 197 — Tyree Sutton, ICCC won by forfeit; 285 — Andrew Pistillo, IWCC dec. Jordan Hill, 3-1.