The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs hosted a multi dual against the Knoxville Panthers and Newton Cardinals on Thursday, Jan 26. The Mustangs beat the Panthers 54-19 and the Cardinals 44-29.
The Mustangs took on the Panthers first. During this dual, the Mustangs won four matches by fall in the first periods, three that were one minute or less.
Ayden Kovaleski wrestled for the Mustangs at 113 pounds. He took on Panther Kameron Butler, who he had pinned in a minute. The exact time for this match was not available on www.trackwrestling.com.
At 132 pounds was Harrison Livingston for the Mustangs. Livingston won by fall in 1:04 over Nash Linsley of the Panthers.
With a pin in just 43 seconds was Bryce Murano. The Mustang was wrestling in the 138 pound weight class against Panthers' Ian Crossett.
Overall, the Mustangs beat the Panthers 54-19.
The second dual for the Mustangs was against the Cardinals. This dual only had two matches in the one to two minute range.
Jacob Comer started this dual with the first pin for the Mustangs. Wrestling in the heavyweight class, Comer pinned Cardinals' Alex Miller in 1:06.
"At heavyweight, Jacob Comer had two big wins, I thought that was really good," said Coach Clint Knoll. "Harrison Livingston is a freshman and went in there the first time and had a couple real big wins. There were a lot of good successes."
The second pin was by Murano. This match he wrestled Cardinal Reece Caves. Murano pinned Caves in a minute and a half.
Max Tracy also had an impressive match in the 120 pound weight class. He wrestled Blake Iske of the Cardinals, whom he beat by a 17-2 technical fall after 5:51.
The Mustangs beat the Cardinals 44-29, which allowed them to win the meet.
"Honestly on paper, we thought both of those duals could have gone either way," said Knoll. "You know, I thought we could have been a bit of an underdog against Newton, but we came out and won the matches, the close matches, and got a big win at heavyweight that got the momentum going for us."
The Mustangs are hosting the Little Hawkeye Conference Meet on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10:00 a.m.
"Indianola is a real good team, they've pretty much handled every one in the conference so I feel if we can get a lot of guys in finals, you never know. We just need to wrestle better and improve and keep getting better every time we go out there."