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Dodger wrestlers 8th at state dual tournament

DES MOINES — Bobby Thompson knew Fort Dodge’s state dual tournament opener against North Scott didn’t favor his Dodgers on Wednesday.

Both teams came in with nine ranked wrestlers, but not many head-to-head contests. The No. 4 Dodgers couldn’t overcome the fifth-rated Lancers in the quarterfinals, dropping a 45-25 contest to start a difficult day that resulted in an eighth-place finish for FDSH at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We just didn’t match up well at all with (the Lancers),” said Thompson. “We lost a couple of swing matches and just gave up way too many bonus points.”

A mix-and-match Fort Dodge lineup fell to Linn-Mar 50-29 in the consolation semifinals. In the seventh-place, match the Dodgers were trimmed 38-35 by Bettendorf.

North Scott won nine of the 14 matches, winning seven by bonus points. In the Dodgers’ five victories they scored three falls and a major for 19 bonus points.

After the first four bouts, North Scott went on a string of five straight victories, recording a tech and four falls to all but end it.

Fourth-ranked Dreyzon Phillips (24-4) picked up the first FDSH win, earning a decision over seventh-rated Peyton Westling, 14-7 at 145. Phillips also earned a forfeit triumph against Bettendorf.

Fifth-ranked Kody Cook earned a 12-4 major decision over Dylan Martin. No. 4 Dru Ayala (106), fourth-rated Lane Cowell (120) and top-ranked Drake Ayala (132) all logged pins for the Dodgers.

Cowell is now sitting at 98 career victories. Phillips is at 94.

The Ayala brothers went a combined 6-0. Dru had two falls and a tech fall, while Drake had two pins and forfeit victory.

Drake Ayala is now 167-3 in his career.

Also picking up wins against Linn-Mar were Pry’Shayn Mosley (195), Keaton Nichols (285), freshman Kane Butrick (113) and the Ayalas. Mosley, Nichols, Butrick and Drake Ayala had pins, while Dru Ayala recorded a tech fall.

Mosley won by forfeit in the Bettendorf dual. Dru Ayala had his second fall, while Max Bishop (113) picked up a pin. Drake Ayala tallied another pin, as did freshman Damarion Ross (138). Phillips won by forfeit.

“Now it’s time to focus on traditional the next three days,” Thompson said. “It’s tough to wrestle four straight days and have so many weigh-ins in a row.”

The Dodgers open the Class 3A traditional tournament at 1:30 p.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday.

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