Seven national top-10 team finishes
INDIANOLA — It was a split result for the Central College wrestling squad in a double-dual outing Thursday night, as the Dutch fell to Augustana College (Ill.) 21-10 before responding with a 50-0 rout over Knox College (Ill.).
The Dutch opened the evening against Augustana (2-1) and earned three wins in the defeat. Freshman Daniel Page (Yelm, Wash. Tumwater HS) had the marquee win for the Dutch at 125 pounds, fighting to an 18-6 major decision over Thomas Browne. Josh Atwell (senior, Jamaica, Perry HS) marked a 16-12 decision at 157 pounds and fellow senior Tommy Van Renterghem (Oskaloosa) earned a 9-5 decision at 174.
“It’s great for Daniel, as a freshman, to get us off to a strong start at 125,” said coach Eric Van Kley. “And Tommy is one of our senior leaders. He was facing one of Augustana’s better wrestlers and really battled to get the win.”
It was all Dutch in the second dual of the night, with five Central wrestlers winning by fall. Page, Atwell and Van Renterghem doubled back from the early matches, each earning pins. Page recorded his fall at the two minutes and 12 seconds mark and Van Renterghem was at 2:30. Atwell ended his match with the clock at 2:41. Also earning pins were Tyler Lowy (Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) at 184 and Jake Crawford (Altoona, Southeast Polk) at 285. It took Crawford just 50 seconds to best Knox’s James Wagner.
“It was a really consistent effort that continued all night,” said Van Kley. “Even after we had the lead our wrestlers didn’t let down. They continued to battle. Anytime you see that it’s a good sign.”
Central moves to 2-2 in dual action while Knox drops to 0-3. Central’s last dual shutout was a 52-0 win over Knox in the 2009-10 season.
The Dutch rest overnight before returning to the mat Friday, traveling to Northfield, Minn. for a dual meet with St. Olaf College. The Dutch look to avenge last year’s narrow 22-20 defeat.