Mustangs host Indians

Bailey Freestone-Sports
Drew Kearney won his match on Jan. 12 by a 5-2 decision after a last second escape and takedown.

The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs hosted a dual against the Oskaloosa Indians on Thursday, Jan. 12. The Mustangs started out the meet strong and ended it strong with a 44-34 win over the Indians.

The dual started with the 152 pound weight class. Zane Mulder wrestled Indian Aaron Blom. Mulder won by a technical fall of 21-6 over Blom. This gave the Mustangs their first five points.

Ben Fisher wrestled next for the Mustangs. Fisher took on Casey Hill and had him pinned in 2:37. This was the first of many pins during the meet.

At 170 pounds was Rowan Collins. Unfortunately, Indians' Jason Beebe pinned Collins in just 59 seconds. The score of the meet was now 11-6.

The Mustangs next six points came in the 182 pound weight class. Ty Chambers won his match by fall against Joshua Nord in 1:45.

After Chambers' win, the Indians went on a winning spree with three victories in a row. The first started with Kyler Salazar at 195 pounds. Salazar was wrestling Mustang Karter Jorgensen, whom he had pinned in 48 seconds.

Ben Beavers was up next for the Mustangs in the 220 pound weight class. Beavers took on Tyson Breuklander and lost to him by a fall.

The third match of the Indians winning streak was between Mustang Jacob Comer and Indian Callan Tomlin. Tomlin won the match when he pinned Comer in 1:24. The Indians were now up 24-17.

The Mustangs won the 106 and 113 pound matches by a forfeit putting them back in the lead 29-24.

In the 120 pound weight class was Max Tracy for the Mustangs. He wrestled Josh Diehl and won by fall in 5:42. The Mustangs now had a strong lead at 35-24.

Ethan Kovaleski wrestled next. He took on Indian Rashaun Braggs. Kovaleski had a last second reversal in the second period that came close to a pin, but unfortunately the match kept going and Braggs ended up winning by a 15-5 major decision.

At 132 pounds was Drew Kearney. Kearney wrestled Zalyan Mamun all three periods of the match. Kearney ended up beating Mamun by decision (5-2) after an escape and takedown in the last period that earned him three points.

"I liked how Drew Kearney kept wrestling for the entire match," said Coach Clint Knoll. "He was outsized a little against his guy and was struggling in the bottom position. He finally found a way to get out and came right back in on a takedown to win the match. That was good to see."

Bryce Murano was up next for the Mustangs at 138 pounds. He wrestled the Indians' Cody Gunn. Murano pinned Gunn 2:21 into the match.

The last match was the 145 pound weight class. Luke Fistler was the Mustang in this class. He took on Drew Sams who pinned him in two minutes. This match finished the meet with the final team scored of 44-34 with the Mustangs taking the victory.

"Oskaloosa was improved from when we faced them earlier in the year," said Knoll. "They had some guys back in their lineup and that made the match-ups a little tougher for us, but we won enough matches to win the dual so that's a positive. We will compete a lot in practice the next three weeks, put them in situations that they have to fight out of. We will also continue to teach and fix mistakes. We have a lot of time left before districts to get better."

The Mustangs next meet will be on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Adel for the annual Tiger Invitation. The tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m.