Two pinfall victories or a dozen points was all that seperated the Woodward-Granger Hawks’ wrestling team from heading to the State Dual Tournament held on Feb. 14.
In the Feb. 6, Class 2A Regional duals in Clarion-Goldfield, the 26th rated Hawks fell 48-36 to the No. 32 the Spirit Lake Park Indians.
The evening started off well for the Hawks who erased an early 12-0 point disparity with four straight six point victories - three pins and one forfeit.
After dropping their first two matches, Hawks’ senior Hunter Pierce (106) provided a spark when he used just 10 seconds to pin Noah Hughes.
An Indians forfeit later and it was the Hawks’ Matthew White (120) adding another six points when he defeated Jonah Eldridge with 47 seconds left before the extra period.
The squad’s fourth straight pinfall win belonged to Ryan Munoz (126) when he took down Bryan Leathers 95 seconds into the first period.
Spirit Lake Park not only erased the 24-12 difference but took a 12 point lead after running off four straight pinfall victories.
Another Spirit Lake Park forfeit temporarily stopped their run until the following two consecutive matches where the Indians added 12 more points to essentially claim victory.
W-G’s Cody Fisher (195) scored the squad’s final six points of the night when he pinned Preston Murray just 28 seconds into the match.
The loss closes out the season for the Hawks in terms of team duals. Head coach Dave Smeltzer will now shift his focus on helping six of his guys make it to sate.
Pierce, Fisher, Munoz, along with Gabe Yingst (160) Austin Scharlau (152) and Dillon Fogarty (220) all face some stiff competition at the Feb. 10, IHSAA 2A District 4 meet in Harlan.
Wrestlers who place first or second will earn their way to the three day state tournament, which is held at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.