Washington wrestlers sweep dual tournament

By Matt Bryant, The JOURNAL

Five duals. Five victories. One tournament title.

The Cascade Dual Team Tournament put the cap on a busy week for the Washington wrestling team Friday night. Despite wrestling three matches Tuesday and two on Thursday, the Demons appeared ready for this one.

?I felt we wrestled a lot better on Friday than we did earlier in the week,? said Washington Wrestling Coach Brent Van Weelden.

The Demons proved it in pool play by crushing Bellevue, 61-18, Clayton Ridge, 84-0, and then Maquoketa Valley, 66-17. The strong showing continued in round one of the championship pool as the Demons took care of Edgewood ? Colesburg, 66-15. This set up a show down with MFL Mar Mac for the title. Washington emerged with a 39-34 victory.

Van Weelden said, ?Going into the tournament I thought MFL would be the team to beat and as it turned out this was correct. MFL has a very good program historically and it took a total team effort to win.?

Washington opened strong at the 170 weight class with a fall from Tristin Westphal-Edwards followed by an 11-9 decision from Collin Murphy, 182, to gain an early 9-0 lead. Tanner Murphy, 220, stuck his opponent and Mitchell Huisenga, 285, came out on top of a 5-1 decision. Washington won four of the first five before the teams rolled into the lower weights. The Demons never trailed in the match.

?Collin Murphy and Mitchell Huisenga upset their opponents who were both ranked in the top ten in their weight classes,? said Van Weelden.

MFL trailed 24-6 before three pins and a major decision over Washington closed the gap to within five. Washington picked up a forfeit and a MFL disqualification in that stretch. David Hora, 152, sealed the Demon victory with a fall in 0:23.

Overall for the Demons Hora shined with five pins, four of them in under 1:20 each. Tanner Murphy also had a stellar night with falls in each of his four matches and Westphal-Edwards racked up four falls and a forfeit to go perfect for the night.

?We were able to fill a full lineup again this week which is very helpful.,? said Van Weelden. ?Even the kids who lost are important to keep our opponents from shifting their lineup to create more advantageous bouts.?

Washington wrestles its first home match on Thursday against Fairfield in the Takedown Cancer event.

Individual Results:

106 ? Matt Collett (4-0). (B) W by fall 1:32. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) W by fall 0:44. (EC) L by decision 0-3. (MFL) W by forfeit.

113 ? Brennan Murphy (2-3). (B) L by fall 1:40. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) W by forfeit. (EC) L by fall 1:34. (MFL) L by fall 0:15.

120 ? Walker Ikerd (4-0). (B) W by forfeit. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) did not wrestle. (EC) W by fall 0:16. (MFL) W by DQ.

126 ? Brandon Dickel (4-1). (B) W by major 15-7. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) W by fall 1:37. (EC) W by fall 0:59. (MFL) L by fall 3:40.

132 ? Joey Labelle (0-1). (B) L by fall 3:35.

132 ? Dillan Sanders (3-1). (B) did not wrestle. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) W by fall 1:33. (EC) W by fall 1:22. (MFL) L by fall 5:25.

138 ? Garrett Ikerd (5-0). (B) W by fall 0:19. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) W by fall 1:32. (EC) W by fall 0:32. (MFL) W by decision 12-3 SV1.

145/152 ? Kiowa Kieth (3-2). (B) W by forfeit @ 145. (CR) W by forfeit @152. (MV) L by tech fall 0-15 @ 145. (EC) W by fall 1:06 @ 145. (MFL) L by major 4-12 @145

152/160 ? David Hora (5-0). (B) W by fall 1:16 @ 152. (CR) W by fall 0:52 @ 160. (MV) W by fall 4:45 @ 152. (EC) W by fall 0:47. (MFL) W by fall 0:23 @152.

160 ? Dylan Farmer (0-3). (B) L by fall 1:39. (CR) did not wrestle. (MV) L by fall 3:39. (EC) did not wrestle. (MFL) L by fall 3:53.

170 ? Tristin Westphal-Edwards (5-0). (B) W by fall 1:38. (CR) W by fall 1:25. (MV) W by fall 3:54. (EC) W by forfeit. (MFL) W by fall 1:36.

182 ? Collin Murphy (5-0). (B) W by decision 4-2. (CR) W by fall 3:32. (MV) W by fall 0:25. (EC) W by fall 2:27. (MFL) W by decision 11-9 SV1.

195 ? Logan Escher (2-1). (B) W by fall 1:18. (CR) did not wrestle. (MV) W by fall 0:57. (EC) did not wrestle. (MFL) L by fall 1:31.

195/220 ? Tanner Murphy (4-0). (B) did not wrestle. (CR) W by fall 1:02 @ 195. (MV) W by fall 1:48 @ 220. (EC) W by fall 0:35 @ 195. (MFL) W by fall 1:11 @ 220.

220 ? Tristan Allendar (3-0). (B) W by fall 0:40. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) did not wrestler. (EC) W by fall 1:56. (MFL) did not wrestle.

285 ? Mitchell Huisenga (5-0). (B) W by forfeit. (CR) W by forfeit. (MV) W by forfeit. (EC) W by fall 0:08. (MFL) W by decision 5-3.