Seven national top-10 team finishes
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND. — Daniel Page (junior, Tumwater, Wash.), Aaron Anderson (sophomore, Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) and TJ Peretti (senior, Auburn, Wash., Mountainview HS) posted 3-0 marks as the Central College wrestling team placed third in the six-team Max Servies Duals at Wabash College (Ind.) Saturday.
No. 5-ranked Wabash took first in its own tourney, followed by Thiel (Pa.). Wabash was a 30-15 winner over Central but the Dutch rolled past Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) 41-11 and were 38-6 winners over the Ohio Northern JV.
While the Wabash match score was lopsided, the Dutch more than held their own, winning five of the 10 matches. However, Central surrendered four pins and a forfeit.
“I thought we really competed well against them,” Van Kley said. “Anytime you can split matches with a top-10 team, you’ve done well. I was really proud of how we competed. We won some hard-fought matches.”
Peretti’s 4-2 sudden victory win at 149 pounds over Wabash’s Nick Bova was arguably the biggest. He also scored technical falls against Ohio Northern JV and Mount St. Joseph.
“TJ had an outstanding day,” Van Kley said. “He’s really stepped up in his senior year. His consistency was maybe lacking the first three years but he’s really wrestling well. He was down in the match against Wabash and had to ride the kid out in the third period to put it into overtime, then he got a quick takedown to win it. I thought that was a really gutsy effort.”
Page and Anderson each only competed once, both picking up a pair of forfeit wins. Page also knocked off Wabash’s Tommy Poynter 11-6 at 125 pounds while at 133, Anderson decisioned Wabash’s Allen Betts, 7-0.
Ryan Vandall (freshman, Phoenix, Ariz., Moon Valley HS) was 2-0 at 157 pounds. He was a 3-0 winner against Ohio Northern’s JV and needed just 48 seconds for a fall against Mount St. Joseph.
Van Kley also cited Sam Apland (junior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS), who scored a fall over Nick Manning of Mount St. Joseph in 4:01. Apland had wrestled Manning in the same building in an Illinois-Indiana all-star match following his senior season, and yielded a technical fall.
“That was a great win,” Van Kley said. “The match was tied in the second period when he got the pin.”
Meanwhile, freshman Edwin Etienne (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale HS) opened some eyes at 285 pounds. A member of the Dutch football team, Etienne didn’t join the wrestling squad until the start of the month and was thrown into the lineup as Jaime Miranda (freshman, Aberdeen, Wash.) was temporarily sidelined by injury. But Saturday he won 4-3 against Ohio Northern, pulled a 3-2 surprise against Wabash before dropping a 3-2 decision against Mount St. Joseph.
“For a guy who’s only been on the mat two weeks, to go 2-1 is really solid,” Van Kley said.
Van Kley liked how his team performed coming off a 27-13 loss to Loras College at Pella Thursday.
“It was good to see the guys bounce back,” he said.
The intensity gets dialed up even more next Saturday as the Dutch compete in a round of Iowa Conference duals at Storm Lake. Central takes on No. 1-ranked Wartburg at 9 a.m., No. 28 Dubuque at 10:30 a.m. and Buena Vista at noon.
“It’s going to be a big one next weekend,” Van Kley said. “The Iowa Conference is as fierce as ever. It’s going to be a big day for regional (tournament) seeding and maybe even national tournament seeding. I think the guys are really excited about it.”