Seven national top-10 team finishes
FORT MYERS, FLA.—The No. 15 Central College wrestling team overcame a 14-7 deficit in the final matches against Heidelberg (Ohio) to capture four dual wins at the Gulf Coast Duals Sunday at Fort Myers, Fla.
Improving to 7-1 overall, the Dutch opened with a 33-7 triumph against North Central (Ill.) before defeating Oneonta State (N.Y.) 23-9. Central rolled past Alma (Mich.) 30-7 and completed the sweep with a 20-14 victory over Heidelberg.
Dusty Fellows (freshman, Fort Myers, Fla., Riverdale HS) sparked the rally against Heidelberg with an 8-2 decision at 174 pounds. Stepping into the lineup after an injury, Greg Barner (senior, Audubon) scored a 9-3 decision at 184 to put the Dutch within one at 14-13. Theron Stewart (senior, Marshalltown) gave Central the lead with a 10-1 major decision at 197 and Jake Crawford (senior, Monroe, Southeast Polk HS) followed with a 3-2 decision at 285 for the dual win.
“Dusty was the turning point against Heidelberg and then Greg followed with a big win,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “It was an intense dual and our wrestlers kept their composure and really had a lot of confidence in their conditioning. Our shape helped us pull out some close ones.”
Ryan Davis (senior, Shreveport, La., Northwood HS) produced four wins on the day at 149 pounds with one decision and three major decisions and improved to 13-3. Stewart also won all four matches at 197 and is 15-2 for the year. Tyler Lowy (sophomore, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) picked up two wins at 184, including a 28-second pin against North Central. Joseph Atwell (senior, Jamaica, Panorama HS) crossed the 75 career-wins mark with three victories at 157 pounds. He is 77-42 with a 9-1 season record.
“I’m proud of our overall team effort,” Van Kley said. “We battled against four good teams and it was good to see us come out with four big wins.”
Central takes in the Florida sunshine with some sightseeing and has a break for the holidays before returning to the mat Jan. 10 with a 7 p.m. dual against No. 28 Loras College at Dubuque.