Dodgers secure title at Forest City Invite
FDSH wrestling squad crowns 5 individual champs
FOREST CITY — The sixth-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team competed in the Forest City Invitational for the first time on Saturday, and came away with their second consecutive invitational championship of the season in the process.
The Dodgers switched out of the Iowa City West Duals tournament to compete in Forest City and crowned five champions, racking up 232.5 points. Clear Lake had 170.
“This was a good tournament for some of our kids,” said FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson. “It’s different competition and a different atmosphere. Next week will be different heading to Geneseo (in Illinois).”
Creston and Emmetsburg tied for third with 149.5 points. Charles City (106) was fifth, followed by North Butler-Clarksville (105.5), Algona (93), Forest City (82.5), St. Ansgar (40) and West Fork (18).
Sixth-ranked sophomore Lane Cowell (106), No. 1 sophomore Drake Ayala (113), fourth-rated junior Carson Taylor (120), No. 8 junior Brooks Cowell (126), and seventh-ranked senior Drevon Ross (138) all claimed championships for the Dodgers.
“We wrestled fairly well, with five champs, three seconds, two thirds and two fifths,” Thompson said. “I don’t think we wrestled to our potential, though.
“The five champions did a nice job.”
Kody Cook (145), Triston Licht (220) and Logan Finowski (285) were runner ups for the Dodgers.
Taylor recorded three falls, earning a pin in 27 seconds, 1:47 and pinning Clear Lake’s Conner Morey in 3:59 to win the crown.
Ross had falls in 1:30 and 3:35, while earned a major decision over Clear Lake’s Brian Hillyer (18-4) in the finals.
Lane Cowell recorded a fall (1:08), tech fall (19-4), and a major over Forest City’s Brock Moore for the title.
Ayala, who received a first round bye, earned a 31-second fall and a 19-4 tech fall over Sam Nelson of Clear Lake.
Brooks Cowell had falls in 1:53 and 3:56 before pulling out a 7-5 decision over Beau Thompson of Creston in the finals.
Cook suffered a 7-0 loss in the finals to second-ranked (Class 2A) Spencer Griffin of Emmetsburg, following two decision victories.
Licht lost by fall in the finals against eighth-ranked Kade Hambly of Clear Lake. Licht had two first-period falls in the opening two rounds.
Finowski earned two pins before losing by fall to Chet Buss of North Butler-Clarksville in the championship round.
Dreyzon Phillips (132), who was the fifth seed, lost to Clear Lake’s No. 1 Eric Faught in the semifinals. Phillips bounced back to tech fall the fourth seed (17-2) and then beat Bronson Forsyth of Charles City 6-2 in the third place match.
“I thought Drezyon wrestled well to finish third. He lost to the No. 1 kid and came back to beat the fourth seed. He is getting better and better and getting more mature,” Thompson said. “Cook had a good tournament, as did Logan. Finowski made some gains, too.”
Kaden Smith (170) was third. He lost a 4-3 decision to Creston’s Jackson Kinsella in the semifinals. Smith had three first-period falls on the afternoon.
Savion Wheat (160) and Austin Lee (182) both placed fifth for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are back in action on Thursday when they host third-ranked Waukee. Action will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Carson Devine claimed the lone title for the Bulldogs, winning the 160-pound crown. He had two falls in the first two rounds, and earned an 8-5 decision over seventh-ranked Bret Hoyman of Emmetsburg in the championship round.
Luke McKenna (132) was second, earning two decisions before losing to Faught in the finals.
Cole Lewis (182) was second with a fall and a decision. He lost to Nick Schany of Emmetsburg in the finals.
Cole Johnson (138) was third.
To go along with Griffin and Schany’s titles, the E-Hawks had two runner-up performances.
Mason Griffin finished second at 152. He had two pins before losing by fall to Braxton Doebel of Clear Lake in the title round.
Hoyman (160) was second after his loss to Devine. He had a fall and a decision on the winner’s side.
Nic Lowe (106) and Sean Brennan (113) both finished third for Emmetsburg.