Seven national top-10 team finishes
OSKALOOSA—Central College and William Penn University had not dueled since 2007, but renewing the rivalry was worth the wait for the Dutch wrestling team in a 33-15 victory Tuesday night.
Central (6-10 overall) won seven matches, including four by fall, en route to the 18-point win over the Statesmen (1-3 overall). Upperclassmen—125-pounder Daniel Page (junior, Tumwater, Wash.), 149-pounder TJ Peretti (senior, Auburn, Wash., Mountainview HS), 174-pounder Sam Apland (junior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and 197-pounder Tyler Lowy (junior, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS)—set the stage, tallying six points apiece towards the team total.
“We started well in the light weights,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “TJ absolutely dominated his match. Sam was down early, but kept his composure. The falls seized control and the momentum proceeded to the higher weights.”
Page won by fall over Jordan Jinkerson in 4:42, while Peretti won by fall over Angelo Kelly in 4:40. Apland needed only 1:59 to win by fall over Ishmael Rempson. Lowy, No. 9 in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III individual ranking, won by fall over Kyle Soderblom in 4:02.
Page, Apland and Lowy are tied for the team lead with seven falls each.
Bryan Connolly (senior, Naples, Fla., Gulf Coast HS), Ryan Vandall (freshman, Phoenix, Ariz., Moon Valley HS) and David Demmer (junior, Bankston, Western Dubuque HS) scored decisions at 141, 157 and 184 pounds, respectively. Connolly and Vandall won by identical 9-5 scores over Lane Colwell and Charlton Benjamin. Demmer edged Joe Sumner 6-4. Connolly’s win, described by Van Kley as his best match of the year, avenged an early-season loss at the Central Invitational.
“It was a consistent effort by the entire team,” said Van Kley. “I was proud of how we battled and competed at every weight.”
It’s Central’s first win over the Statesmen since Jan. 27, 2001, a 35-9 triumph in the Iowa Conference championships at Waverly. The 2001 dual was the most recent result aside from the 2007 meeting. Additionally, it’s Central’s first win at William Penn since Jan. 25, 1996—which was the most recent meeting in Oskaloosa—a 48-0 shutout.
“It restarts the old rivalry,” Van Kley said. “They’re our closest opponent and we usually see them at tournaments, but it was fun to see them in a dual and compete well.
“It was a great dual and a great atmosphere. I’m excited for our guys to get a win.”
The Dutch return to P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium for Friday’s Iowa Conference dual finals matchup with Simpson College (3-13 overall, 0-7 conference).
“The stakes are high Friday,” said Van Kley. “The fact that it’s a rematch from last week means the intensity will be even higher. We need to be ready to compete.”
Central topped the Storm 29-11 Thursday at Pella, winning seven of the 10 matches, including three bonus-point victories and one forfeit.