Seven national top-10 team finishes
AMES—The Central College wrestling team notched wins over NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II opponents at the Harold Nichols Open Saturday, hosted by Iowa State.
Both 197-pounder Tyler Lowy (junior, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) and 149-pounder TJ Peretti (senior, 149, Auburn, Wash., Mountainview HS) won matches over Division I opponents, while all six Dutch wrestlers competing won at least one match in the large open field.
“Overall, our guys competed really hard,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “Clearly it’s a huge jump up, relative to competition we face, but we wanted that. At the same time, there are areas we can improve, which was a goal of this weekend, as well. I am proud of our toughness and how we competed and everyone had some success. That was fun to see.”
Fresh off of his Nov. 9 Knox (Ill.) Invitational championship and Iowa Conference wrestler of the week honor, Lowy advanced to the quarterfinals by 6-4 decision over West Virginia’s Leonard Trindade. He lost by fall versus Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson (2:50) in the quarters and was eliminated by unattached wrestler Cole Shafer (1:23) in the consolation round. Lowy won by fall (2:57) in his opening match versus Tim McDonald (Iowa Western CC).
Peretti opened his day at 149 pounds with a 9-0 major decision loss at the hands of Minnesota’s Conrad Rangell, but earned a 9-2 decision over South Dakota State’s Lucas Zilverburg in the consolation before being ousted.
“We have guys that are excited to wrestle in big matches and against great competition,” said Van Kley. “Over the next few years we are going to pursue these types of opportunities and hopefully it helps us grow as individual wrestlers and as a team.”
Daniel Page (junior, Tumwater, Wash.)—ranked No. 5 in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III poll—won a 15-0 technical fall over Marcos Rios-Tamayo (Lindenwood) in his 125-pound opener before dropping an 8-2 decision to South Dakota State’s Isaac Andrade. In the consolation round, Page won by fall in 4:41 over Joel Salomon (St. Cloud State), but Nate Smith (Iowa Central CC) scored a 12-4 major decision to eliminate Page from the open. Abe Fernandez (junior, Tampa, Fla., Strawberry Crest HS) registered a fall over St. Cloud State’s Jarred Oftedahl (2:00) en route to a 2-2 day on the mat.
Dillon Anderson (junior, Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) and 174-pound Sam Apland (junior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) each posted 1-2 records.
“As a team, we’re all in the same boat,” Van Kley said. “Each guy battled and we definitely took positive steps in the right direction.”
Central opens its dual season Thursday at conference foe Coe. Last season the Kohawks escaped Pella with a 16-15 win via a decision in the final match. Coe enters the matchup ranked No. 8 in Division III with a 1-0 overall record following its 19-18 win Friday over No. 21-ranked Wis.-La Crosse.