Central girls wrestle to 11 match wins and dual victory at Dubuque Wahlert

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By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The quad dual meet for the Central girls wrestling team right before Thanksgiving was a challenging one, not just from the opponents in West Delaware, Dubuque Wahlert and Cascade, but also because the Warriors were once again missing some wrestlers. This prompted open weight classes, providing forfeit victories for opponents, resulting in a 1-2 dual record for Central despite going 11-8 in matches. 


Not only did the team win the majority of its matches, but three wrestlers, Brynn Meyer, Mayleigh Medberry and Maci Keppler, won all three of their matches. 


Coach Colten Ledbeter anticipates that, as the season progresses, the team “should be missing less teammates and the lineup will become a lot stronger, making us a much more competitive team.”


The Warriors won the dual against Cascade 36-30, after going 4-1 in matches. All four wins came via fall, with Keppler wrestling at 140 pounds and Medberry competing at 130, winning in under a minute. Taylor Moser and Kimberly Suhr, competing at a respective 125 and 135 pounds, needed a few more minutes to hand their opponents the loss. Audrey Palas was pinned in the 145-pound weight class. 


The Warriors went 4-2 in matches against Dubuque Wahlert, but surrendered six forfeits and took the dual loss 48-30. Savannah Orr won by fall in 30 seconds at 105 pounds, while Meyer, wrestling at 110, needed just 48 seconds to dispatch her opponent via fall. Moser won with a pin in a little over two minutes, and Medberry took the fall victory in just under two minutes. Suhr and Palas were both pinned, and newcomer Maddie Schmidt was on the mat in an extra match at 140 pounds, which she lost via fall. 


Against West Delaware, Central won three of eight wrestling matches and lost the overall dual 54-18. Winners were Meyer, who ended her match around the three minute mark with a fall, while Keppler and Medberry needed a combined 55 seconds to secure falls in their matches. On the other side of the coin, Orr, Moser, Suhr, Palas and Alyssa Schmitt, who was competing at 155 pounds, all lost by fall. 


In summarizing the week, Ledbeter was optimistic, stating, “In each dual, the energy level increased on our team and it showed with wrestlers having a better performance for each match.” 


The girls are back in action Nov. 28, for the Girls Central Scramble. The Warriors will then hold the Central Girls Dual Tournament on Dec. 1.

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