Six Dodgers undefeated

INDEPENDENCE — Six Fort Dodge wrestlers made it through the first day of the Cliff Keen Independence Classic on the championship side on Friday.

The Dodgers currently sit in sixth place with 120 points. Fennimore (145) is out in front. Scott West (136.5) is second, followed by Solon (134.5), Christian Brothers (132) and Lisbon (126.5).

“The team scoring is kind of hard to read after the first day,” said FDSH head coch Bobby Thompson. “We’re in pretty good shape, given we have two open weights and Levi (Egli), Triston (Licht) and Austin (Lee) are all out.

“It’s going to get a lot tougher and more intense here (on Saturday).”

For Fort Dodge, Lane Cowell (106), top-ranked Drake Ayala (113), third-rated Carson Taylor (120), No. 9 Brooks Cowell (126) and fifth-ranked Drevon Ross (145), along with Kody Cook (138) all went undefeated.

Brooks Cowell, Cook and Ross all had three wins, while Lane Cowell, Ayala and Taylor had two each.

“Brooks wrestled well and had a tough kid his last match,” Thompson said. “He’ll have a tough match out of the shoot (Saturday).”

Fifth-ranked Kaden Smith (170) and Sawyer Springer (220) went 2-1, while Dreyzon Phillips (132), Dylan Zimmermann (152) and Savion Wheat (160) went 1-2. Logan Finowski was 1-1 on the day.

“Now we just have to take it one match at a time,” Thompson said. “The brackets get tougher for the veterans and it will be nice to see some more mat time for the others. Our first year starters, Savion, Dylan and Dreyzon are now in the bracket where they can have some success.”

Lane Cowell started the day with a fall in 57 seconds and a major decision.

Ayala and Taylor both recorded two falls, three of them coming under two minutes.

Brooks Cowell had a strong day for the Dodgers, recording two falls and a tech fall. In his round three match, he pinned Hunter Fousek of Crestwood.

Cook started the day with two falls under a minute and then earned a 7-4 decision over Aidan Nutter of Fennimore, who was a state runner up in Wisconsin last season.

“Kody’s last match he beat a state runner up from Wisconsin,” Thompson said. “Now he takes over his seed. He was four, so we’re ninth, so that tells you something.”

Ross had two falls and technical fall for the Dodgers.

“Drevon’s weight is loaded,” Thompson said. “Carson is the second seed adn Drevon was the fifth, so that tells you hough tough those weights are.

“Every match from here on out will be tough.”

Smith and Springer both started the day with two wins, Smith had a fall and a amjor, while Springer had two falls, before both lost in the third round.

Second round action begins at 10 a.m. with the finals to start at approximately 3:30 p.m. in Independence.

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