Fort Dodge set to take on Centennial
It will be a family reunion for the fourth-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team as they welcome Ankeny Centennial to the FDSH gym on Thursday night.
The Dodgers (3-0 overall) face the Jaguars in junior varsity action at 6:30 p.m. There will be about nine JV matches, with varsity to follow — weather permitting — at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Ankeny Centennial has three sons of Fort Dodge Senior High graduates on their roster. Third-ranked freshman Lucas Bruhl (113) is the son of 1988 FDSH state champion Brad Bruhl. Eighth-rated junior Jackson Helmkamp (138) is the son of 1986 state champion Brent Helmkamp.
Carter Bennett (145) is the son of former Fort Dodge state medalist Joe Bennett.
“Centennial has a strong following up here, with the three children of former Dodger standouts,” said FDSH head coach Bobby Thompson. “It’s always a fun dual because of that.”
Fort Dodge is coming off a fifth-place effort at the Eckenrod Invitational in Van Horne. Senior Drake Ayala (16-0), the nation’s top-ranked 126-pounder, claimed a championship for Fort Dodge and improved his career record to 151-2.
Fort Dodge’s sixth-ranked senior, Kody Cook, was a runner-up. Cook is now 72-45 in his career.
Fourth-ranked senior Lane Cowell (120) and No. 3 (145) senior Dreyzon Phillips (152) are chasing 100 career victories. Cowell is currently 87-24, and Phillips is 85-24.
Fourth-rated sophomore Max Bishop (9-1) will return at 113 pounds and will have a potential rematch with Bruhl, who handed him his only loss of the season.
Tyler Kasperbauer (138), Matthew Surles-Davis (170) and Keaton Nichols (285) will be in the lineup as well.
The Dodgers will likely compete in front of a bigger crowd, as the seating restrictions have been adjusted. Each member of the event will receive two tickets, and general admission will add up to 300 fans.
Also ranked for the Dodgers are freshman Dru Ayala (No. 6 at 106), freshman Damarion Ross (No. 10 at 132), and sophomore Tucker Pederson (No. 10 at 170).
Carter Cahill (160) is eighth for Centennial.
“They are well-coached. Any time you go against a big metro school like that, they’ll always have really good athletes,” Thompson said. “There will be a couple of pivot matches, and I think it’s a close head-to-head matchup. We’ll be in for a fight.”
PROBABLE DODGER LINEUP
106 — Dru Ayala, fr., (15-3); 113 — Max Bishop, so., (9-1); 120 — Lane Cowell, sr., (15-2); 126 — Drake Ayala, sr., (16-0); 132 — Damarion Ross, fr., (12-9); 138 — Tyler Kasperbauer, jr., (1-3); 145 — Cal Hartman, fr., (9-9); 152 — Dreyzon Phillips, sr., (13-1); 160 — Kody Cook, sr., (12-3); 170 — Matthew Surles-Davis, sr., (2-6); 182 — Ben Egli, jr., (11-5); 195 — Ashton Patrick, jr., (10-5); 220 — Alex Read, so., (12-7); 285 — Keaton Nichols, so., (6-7).