In the final regular season dual before postseason action takes flight, the Dallas Center-Grimes wrestling team took on conference foe Newton in a one-on-one battle Friday, Feb. 1 in Grimes.
In front of the hometown fans, the Mustangs pulled out a slim 38-36 victory, giving not only the fans but the seniors, a nice regular season send off. Overall, the Mustangs yielded a roster closer to the younger side of the spectrum, but still had valuable production on and off the mats from three seniors who will be graduating after this year. Those three individuals are none other than Bain Broderick at 160 pounds, Garret Reels at 132 pounds, and Cole Smith at 152 pounds. Despite the low number in seniors, all three of DC-G’s have been instrumental to this team on and off the field as mentioned by head coach Cory Stratton.
“Every team no matter what the sport will lean on their seniors in some way,” began Stratton. “This team is no different when it comes to our seniors. It’s important to keep a positive attitude and be there for fellow teammates and that’s exactly what these seniors have done for us. Very glad to have coached such great individuals.”
The support and performances by the seniors sure helped to spurr on the win for DC-G. Bain Broderick’s performance at 152 pounds earned the team five points as he bested Zane Kohlmeyer by tech fall. Junior Luke Fistler found himself back into the mix after an injury absence and helped out the cause with a pin-fall win over Reece Caves at the 3:47 mark. Fistler was one of three Mustang wrestlers who took victory by pin-fall, including Garrett Morris at 170 pounds. Morris bested Thomas Cox of Newton at the 1:21 mark. Cole Smith captured his victory at 145 pounds with a pin-fall win over Canaan Terpstra that took all the way to the 5:20 mark to obtain.
Along with Broderick, Gavin Moran at 138 pounds captured his win by tech-fall as well, doing so by besting Joseph Colin Sharp at the 5:13 mark. Broderick brother Brayden earned a win in easy fashion via forfeit, while Riley Kovaleski at 120 pounds captured a strong 14-0 major decision win over Damien Bayles.
Absent from the win total was Zach Needham, Class 3A’s tenth ranked 182 pound wrestler. Needham took on the likes of Destin Schroder, Class 3A’s eighth ranked 182 pound wrestler. Schroder bested Needham by a slim 7-4 decision.
Despite Newton rattling off five straight victories, DC-G came away with their fifth dual conference victory, putting them squarely in the mix of a three way tie for the conference crown. Next up for the Mustangs will be Class 3A District wrestling taking place Saturday, Feb. 9 at Glenwood.