The Cascade wrestling team is off to a solid start but is still struggling to fill weights after its first two meets of the new season.
Kicking off the new year Dec. 2, the Cougars found several things they need to improve, but overall coach Travis Andrews thought his guys competed hard in all their matches.
“Being unable to fill all our weights will motivate the guys to work towards securing pins in their matches if they are able to battle in winning the duals,” Andrews said. “Trever and Brock both had three wins on the night. We had a few guys get a little banged up during their matches, but were able to come back and go Friday night in our Dual Team Tournament. Brock had a nice win against the West Liberty kid — he kept the pressure on during his match and wrestled hard for six minutes.”
Against Bellevue, at 220, Cade Rausch picked up a win for the Cougars, felling Jack Hiland at 1:22. Trever Freiburger (132) fell Connor Dierks at 0:43. Bellevue’s Will Steinbeck (126) fell Riley Koppes at 2:35 and Jake Hiland (138) fell Wesley Adams at 1:48. After all forfeits were calculated, the Cougars came out ahead, 42-36.
Against Iowa City Regina, Kodey Miles (285) fell (1:05) Caden Shetler; Brock Morris (106) over Holden Berg (Fall 1:02); 138 — Wesley Adams over Will Aitchison (fall 1:10) and 145 — Ty Frasher over Will Aitchison (11-6 decision).
Against West Liberty, Morriswon over Colin Cassady (10-6) and Freiburger over defeated Bryson Garcia (5:15).
Hosting a dual tournament at home Dec. 3, the boys again found themselves up against tough opponents, but many were able to get eight matches in during their first week.
“In our pool play, we faced a solid Starmont and MFL team in the first two rounds Friday night. In the third dual against Ed-Co they bumped up their 126 pound kid to face Trever — giving him a good match at 132 early in the season. He secured a late takedown with time running out to put himself ahead,” Andrews said. “Our last two duals were then against Clayton Ridge and Bellevue again. Overall, finishing the night 3-2 as a team was good for our guys. They were able to finish winning their last three duals. They will have time to recover over the weekend before we face duals against Don Bosco and North Linn on Tuesday night. These first two weeks of the season are always tough, but if gives them the opportunity to see some tough competition.”
Against Bellevue: 132 — Freiburger over Connor Dierks (fall 1:31) and 220 —Rausch over Jack Hiland (fall 1:02).
Clayton Ridge: 220 — Rausch over Gannon Jaster (fall 0:12) and 106— Morris over Noah Billmeyer (Fall 1:28).
Edgewood-Colesburg: 132 — Freiburger over Dawson Bergan (decision 4-2); 170 — Vogel over Conner Kirby (Fall 0:51) and 106 — Morris over Adam Klosere (fall 1:43).
MFL MarMac: 132 — Freiburger over Holden Mathis (decision 8-4); 220—Rausch over Taylor Herzman (fall 0:44); 285—Miles over Mason Overton (fall 1:13) and 106 — Morris over TJ Coleman (fall 0:37).
Starmont: 113 — Bradtke-Stelken over Taylor German (fall 1:32); 132 —Freiburger over Dawson Zobac (fall 1:31) and 145 — Frasher over Avery Vaske (decision 8-3).