Seven national top-10 team finishes
PELLA—The Central College wrestling team won its final home meet of the season Thursday, rolling up a 37-12 victory over Iowa Conference rival Simpson College.
With one dual meet remaining, the Dutch reached the 13-win mark, the highest season win total since 1994. The squad is 13-10 overall.
TJ Peretti (sophomore, Auburn, Wash., Mountainview HS) set the tone for the Dutch, scoring a come-from-behind victory at 141 pounds. Peretti was down 4-0 entering the third period but tallied a take down and two five-second near falls and a point of riding time for the 9-4 decision. He improved to 17-9.
“TJ really set the tempo for the night with his strong finish,” coach Eric Van Kley said.
Joseph Atwell (junior, Jamaica, Panorama HS) posted the only major decision of the night, a 10-2 win at 157 pounds. He’s 21-8 for the year with a 65-38 career mark.
Tyler Lowy (freshman, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) and Jake Crawford (junior, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) both recorded falls at 184 and 285, respectively. Lowy is 18-12 while Crawford is 19-8.
“Getting two pins at the end was a great way to wrap things up,” Van Kley said.
Van Kley also highlighted Tommy Van Renterghem (senior, Oskaloosa) at 174. He recorded a 6-3 decision over Simpson’s Justin Bruce, avenging a 16-10 defeat in 2011.
“That was big for Tommy as a senior, to get a big win over a wrestler that beat him last year.”
Central also notched a decision at 133 and two forfeits.
“We wanted to perform well at our last meet at home and having a dominating win over our conference rival was a lot of fun,” Van Kley said.
Van Kley credits the senior class, which endured a 3-12 rookie campaign, for the strides the program has taken.
“We wouldn’t be where are without their dedication and sacrifices,” he said. “They’ve put a lot into the program and it doesn’t always show on the scoreboard. I’m proud of all of them.”
Central closes the dual season next Thursday at the Univ. of Dubuque. The Spartans, 3-5, are ranked 21st and outscored the Dutch 40-3 last year.
“It’ll be a slugfest,” Van Kley said. “Dubuque’s a great team that’s ranked and we want to go out and compete and finish our dual season well.”