Seven national top-10 team finishes
PELLA—With most of its regular lineup on the sidelines, the Central College wrestling team still had four placewinners at the Central Invitational Saturday.
There were seven schools in the non-scored tourney.
Tyler Lowy (sophomore, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) took third for the Dutch at 184 pounds. He scored a fall in his first match and tripped Wartburg’s Bryan Levsen 16-8 in the third-place match, improving to 11-6 on the year.
Meanwhile, Jacob Eischeid (senior, Waukee) at 133, Keegan Overbey (junior, Ceres, Calif.) at 157 and Colten Moore (senior, West Burlington) at 165 each claimed fourth place.
“It was a good effort by a lot of our younger guys and it was great to have four guys place,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “Tyler Lowy bounced back after Thursday (a loss at Loras) and had a real strong day today. This was his best performance of the year.
“It was also great to see Jacob Eischeid and Colten Moore, two seniors in probably their last home competition at Central, finish with a great effort. It was a nice way to cap things off.”
The tourney provided an opportunity for many Central wrestlers to see their most extensive action.
“It’s really important to get the younger guys out on the mat,” Van Kley said. “It’s fun to see them getting better.”
Van Kley wanted to keep most of his starters in good condition for the heart of the campaign.
“We’re in a critical part of the season coming up the next couple weeks,” he said. “We really need to be fresh and healthy.”
The schedule begins to heat up next Saturday, which takes the No. 15 Dutch to the Max Servies Duals at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. Host Wabash is ranked No. 14 and is likely to provide the stiffest opposition, Van Kley said.
“It’s always a competitive tournament,” he said. “There will be several Division III teams that we don’t normally see. We want to go and compete well.”