Seven national top-10 team finishes
PELLA—The Central College wrestling team surpassed the 10-win mark with a pair of victories in front of a home crowd at the Iowa Conference Duals Saturday.
The Dutch improved to 12-9 with three duals remaining. Recording 10-win seasons the past two years, it’s the most dual victories since the 2000-01 season when the squad finished at 12-8.
Central opened the meet with a 42-6 triumph over Buena Vista Univ. (3-10). No. 11 Luther College (12-4) defeated the Dutch 33-6 but Central bounced back, rolling to a 27-6 decision over Loras College (4-16). No. 6 Cornell College handed the Dutch a 34-6 loss to end the day.
“We had three solid efforts and a little bit of a letdown against Luther,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “We started slow against them (Luther) and it snowballed from there, but we rebounded with our best effort of the year against Loras.”
Van Kley cited Daniel Page (freshman, Yelm, Wash., Tumwater HS) as a spark for the turnaround. Page notched a 7-5 decision at 125 pounds.
“Daniel had a huge win,” Van Kley said. “The rest of the team rallied around that and really fought against Loras.”
Tyler Lowy (freshman, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) recorded a thrilling win over the Duhawks at 184. Tied 5-5 in the third period, Lowy scored a take down in the final seconds to snag a 7-5 victory.
Joseph Atwell (junior, Jamaica, Panorama HS) improved to 20-7 with a 3-0 day at 157 pounds while Jake Crawford (junior, Cedar Rapids, Washington HS) was 3-1 at 285, improving to 18-7.
“Joseph and Jake both had really good efforts and were great on offense today,” Van Kley said.
Also going 3-0 was senior Tommy Van Renterghem (Oskaloosa) at 165. He’s 15-10. Fellow senior Zach Beekman (Pocahontas) won his lone match of the day, an 11-8 decision over Cornell at 157.
“I’m super proud of Tommy and Zach,” Van Kley said. “They’re two seniors that had a great day in one of their last competitions at home.”
The Dutch travel to Cedar Rapids Wednesday, tackling fourth-ranked Coe College (8-3) at 7 p.m.
“We set a high goal for dual wins this season and we’ve got three duals left,” Van Kley said. “We’ve got to keep battling.”