Young Warrior wrestling team has some success

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By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling squad showed improvement this past week, performing well in the JV boys/girls quad at Center Point-Urbana on Dec. 8, while the varsity team went 1-2, winning their first match-up of the young season. 

At the JV portion of the meet, Maria Medberry went 2-1, winning the first place matches in the 131-138- and 126-138-pound weight classes. She won both via pin, while fellow female teammates went 1-4. Brandy Beatty lost both of her matches via fall, but Rebecca Suhr won the first-place match for the 143-152 class by pin. Meanwhile, Nate Shirbroun, the lone male wrestler for Central, won both first place matches for the 170-175 and 170-182 weight classes. 

The varsity team fared a little better in matches against CP-U, Anamosa and Washington. Against Anamosa, the Warriors lost 54-18, with three wins, albeit two of them by forfeit for Daniel Royer and Sean Wilwert. Brandon Whittle provided the lone wrestling victory via fall, at 3:42 in the 220 weight class.

In the match against CP-U, the Warriors once again lost 54-18. Spencer Heer (182), Whittle and Nick Deitchler (126) all won via pin. Altogether, the team only lost three wrestling matches and the rest of CP-U’s score was the result of forfeits. 

The Warriors won their only match-up of the quad against Washington, 52-16, with victories by Wilwert (170) via 12-3 majority decision and Royer (120) via pin in 39 seconds. The rest of the victories came by forfeit. 

Discussing the victory, head coach Joe Koehn said, “We filled more weights than they did and we won our matches. The kids wrestled the best they have wrestled all year and it showed. It was a fun night of wrestling for the parents, kids and coaches.”

The team next went to the Nashua-Plainfield tournament, where the JV wrestled well, as Beatty and Medberry won their brackets, while Shirbroun placed second, Gabe Erickson third and Sam Fettkether fourth in their brackets. 

As for the varsity tournament, Heer placed fourth at 182 pounds and Whittle fourth at 220. Royer was sixth at 120, while Deitchler placed sixth at 126. At 170 pounds, Wilwert did not place.

“We had some ups and downs at the tournament. Our JV/girls performed pretty well. Our varsity kids will be the first to say that they under performed. We made some silly mistakes that were costly. Our biggest area that we need to improve on is our bottom position. The kids know that, and we’ll be getting to work on that this week,” Koehn said. 

Central next has meets at Tripoli on Dec. 15 and at Northwood-Kensett on Dec. 19. 

“We have had some good competition, but it is only going to get us better. Again, we’re a younger team, but we’ve got some talent. We just need to push the pace and keep our eye on the prize, which is winning the day and taking pride in everything we do,” Koehn said. 

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