The Van Meter Bulldogs wrestling team hosted a quadrangular on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Bulldogs wrestled the Saydel Eagles, the North Polk Comets and the Nodaway Valley Wolverines.
Van Meter beat the Comets (53-27) and Wolverines (53-15) in overall team points but lost to the Eagles (48-31).
There was only one Bulldog who won all three of his duals. This was Caleb Swalla at 145 pounds. Swalla wrestled Eagle Trey Moen and won by a 3-2 decisioon. In his dual against the Comets, he wrestled Brock Sparks, who he had pinned in 37 seconds. His last competitor was Brody Erlandson. Swalla beat the Wolverine by an 18-2 technical fall.
Caleb Button won two of his three duals in the 160 pound weight class. His only loss was to the Eagles' Chance Rice when he was pinned in 1:16. Caleb then pinned Comet Josiah Delavois in just under a minute. His last match was against Trevor Flettre, whom he also pinned in 3:40.
There were only three Bulldogs that wrestled all three of their matches without at least one forfeit. The third Bulldog to do this was 138 pound Bryce Cole. Cole won his first dual against the Eagles' Jackson Dopheide by an 11-1 major decision. Unfortunately this was his only victory of the meet. While wrestling Sully Hartstook, Cole lost by a 5-1 decision to the Comet. Cole's last match of the day was to the Wolverines' Austin Wilson. The match went into a tie breaker where Wilson beat Cole 5-4.
A couple more notable Bulldog wrestlers were Tyler Haynes (113) and Colton Golwitzer (170). Both Bulldogs won two-of-three of their matches.
Haynes pinned his Eagle opponent Joe Hill in 1:53. In his match against the Comets, he won by technical fall (17-0) over Parker Fey. Haynes won his last match by forfeit.
Golwitzer lost his match to the Eagles due to a forfeit, but wrestled in the match against the Comets. This match was against Tyler Reichart whom Golwitzer pinned in a quick 35 seconds. In his third match he pinned Wolverine Colton Newbury in 1:10.
The Bulldogs next meet will be a dual at Woodward-Granger on Jan. 12 starting at 6:30 p.m.