Ayala, Davidson in Donnybrook semis
CORALVILLE — The Fort Dodge wrestling team got their first tournament experience of the season here Friday at the Dan Gable Donnybrook.
The event, which is named in honor of legendary Iowa Hawkeye head coach Dan Gable, hosted many of the top teams both within the state and the midwest.
After the opening day of wrestling, Fort Dodge’s Dru Ayala and Koy Davidson are in the semifinals. Max Bishop, Cal Hartman, Ben Egli and Keaton Nichols are competing in the consolation rounds.
Ayala scored a fall over Staley’s Parker Leverknight in the first round in 1:08 and followed with a technical fall vs. Simley’s Austin Grzywinski in the second. He downed Bettendorf’s TJ Koester in the quarterfinals, 1-0, at 106 pounds.
Davidson moved into the 126-pound semifinals with a fall vs. Lockport’s Jad Alwawi in 3:52, a major decision over Ankeny’s Benjamin Hansen and a sudden victory vs. Bettendorf’s fourth-ranked Jayce Luna, 7-5.
Bishop went 2-1, advancing to the quarterfinals at 113 before falling to Liberty’s Hunter Taylor. He picked up two falls over Lincoln-Way West’s Matt Soltis and Zane Behrends of Waverly-Shell Rock.
Hartman is alive at 160 thanks to a pair of consolation round wins. After falling to Liberty’s Peyton Westpfal, he pinned both of his opponents in the first round, including a 13-second fall.
Egli moved into the quarters at 182 before coming up short vs. Waukee Northwest’s Griffin Gammell. He claimed falls in 38 seconds and 1:20 in the first two rounds over Lebanon’s Mason Hendricks and Waverly-Shell Rock’s Tyler Gast.
Mason Liska earned a decision in the consolations after dropping his first two matches. Orion Larson-Trott also earned a consolation round win by decision.