Seven national top-10 team finishes
PELLA—Five Central College wrestlers went undefeated on the night, but the team split its first home duals of the 2013-14 season Thursday night with a decisive 46-3 win over Knox College (Ill.) and a narrow 25-13 loss to Augustana College (Ill.).
The Dutch (1-2 overall) doused the Prairie Fire (0-4 overall) with five consecutive six-point matches to close out the first dual. In the nightcap, the Vikings (5-0 overall) scored bonus points in four of their six wins and it was too much for Central to overcome.
“I thought we battled really well,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “We gave up too many bonus points in the Augustana dual and we lost a couple of swing matches, but there were some positives. There are some spots we need to get stronger, so we will keep working and building.”
TJ Peretti (senior, Auburn, Wash., Mountainview HS), Dillon Anderson (junior, Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS), Tyler Lowy (junior, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS), Daniel Page (junior, Tumwater, Wash., Tumwater HS)—who set the school record for fastest fall in a dual—and Aaron Anderson (sophomore, Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) combined for a 7-0 record with two forfeits in the split decisions.
“Tyler dominated his match, Daniel and Aaron broke some matches open and TJ may have had the best effort of the night,” said Van Kley. “There’s a lot to be said about having experience on the mat. We have experienced upperclassmen and a lot of them are winning tough matches. Our challenge this year is preparing some of our younger guys to wrestle at this level.”
The duals opened at the 149-pound weight class, as opposed to the traditional 125-pound start. Peretti notched major decisions to set the tone in both duals, avenging last season’s loss to Hector Ruiz (Augustana) with an 11-0 shutout.
Lowy won by 6-0 decision over Hunter Feraco (Augustana) and received a forfeit at 197 pounds versus Knox.
Dillon Anderson won his lone match of the night by fall (2:57) over James Young (Knox).
Page—ranked No. 5 at 125 pounds in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III poll—recorded a fall 15 seconds into his match versus Matt Sugai (Knox). The previous fastest fall was 21 seconds, set by Ryan Davis at last year's Knox dual. Page later added a 5-0 decision over Sam Butler (Augustana).
Aaron Anderson notched a 6-2 decision over CJ Sojka (Augustana) and received a forfeit at 133 pounds versus Knox.
Van Kley said the team will focus on its execution at this weekend's invitational.
“We need to keep working on our positioning,” Van Kley said. “In a few matches tonight, we panicked and did not stick to the game plan. We need to stick to our offense and keep attacking. When we’re on the offense, we’re winning matches.”
The Dutch return to the tournament format Saturday morning at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) Invitational. Last year Central crowned three individual champions en route to its first team championship since 2009-10 at the MSOE Inv.