Go-Hawk Gymnasium hosted the second-ranked teams in Class 2A and 3A on Thursday, Nov. 29, as Waverly-Shell Rock opened their 2018-19 season with a 35-25 win over West Delaware.
Head coach Eric Whitcome was impressed with the Go-Hawks’ first outing of the season.
“I think we did some good things,” Whitcome said. “If you are going to beat the No. 2 team and West Delaware, who is a very good team, you’ve got to do some things right. I think there are some positives there. It gave us the opportunity to see where we are and where we need to get better. There were some glaring needs, and they will be addressed.”
Senior heavyweight Andrew Snyder said the team overcame a sluggish start in their season opener.
“We did pretty well, but we started out a little slow,” Snyder said. “We picked that up and got done what needed to be done.”
The dual started at 152 pounds, as Bryson Hervol earned a 6-4 decision over Cael Meyer. To win the match, Hervol scored a takedown with just under 40 seconds remaining in the third period. His win at 152 would put the Go-Hawks up, 3-0.
Hervol said winning his match in the last few seconds came down to what he needed to do for the team.
“I just knew I had to get us started on the right foot,” Hervol said. “I struggled through that match, and I knew at the end, I had to get it done for the team. It wasn’t my best performance, but that is what got the job done. I just knew I had to score and get those points for my team to give us that edge in the end.”
In the 160-pound bout, Waverly-Shell Rock’s Jacob Herrmann narrowly defeated West Delaware’s Jared Voss by a 3-2 decision. Herrmann scored an escape with 1:27 left in the final period, which also put the meet score at 6-0, in favor of the Go-Hawks.
At 170 pounds, West Delaware’s Wyatt Voelker defeated Gavin Wedemeier by a 14-7 decision. Wedemeier was able to secure an escape in the final seconds of the match to avoid a major decision. That match got the Hawks on the board, as the score was 6-3, Waverly-Shell Rock.
West Delaware’s Jack Neuhaus pinned Waverly-Shell Rock’s Darin Whiteside at 182 in 58 seconds, which gave the Hawks their first lead of the meet at 9-6.
Waverly-Shell Rock’s Brayden Wolf followed suit at 195 pounds, as he won by fall over West Delaware’s Jordan Bries in 2:34. Wolf’s fall gave the Go-Hawks the lead back at 12-9.
Ben Petlon of West Delaware won by a 5-0 decision over Waverly-Shell Rock’s Luke Walker at 220 pounds, which made the score tied at 12-12 after six matches.
At the 285-pound bout, Waverly-Shell Rock’s Andrew Snyder won by fall over West Delaware’s Carson Petlon late in the third period, as he got the pin in 5:41. That fall gave the Go-Hawks the advantage at 18-12.
Snyder said getting a pin late in his bout was one of the match’s turning points, as it broke the deadlock and gave the Go-Hawks a lead they wouldn’t surrender.
“We knew this was going to be a close dual, so I knew I had to come through as a senior to help my team out,” Snyder said. “My coaches have been on me about conditioning and keeping my pace throughout the whole match; I guess that’s what I did.”
Aiden Riggins, making his high school wrestling debut at 106 pounds, backed up Snyder’s fall with one of his own, as pinned West Delaware’s Blake Engel in 4:39, making the team score 24-12 Go-Hawks.
At 113 pounds, Waverly-Shell Rock’s Bailey Roybal, also making his wrestling debut for the Go-Hawks after transferring from Cedar Falls, won by a 19-6 major decision over West Delaware’s Luke Farmer. After that match, the team score was stretched to 28-12, Waverly-Shell Rock.
West Delaware’s Evan Woods also earned a major decision at 120 pounds over Waverly-Shell Rock’s Zach Barnett, 17-5. The score became 28-16 after 10 matches.
In the 126-pound match, Waverly-Shell Rock’s Dylan Albrecht got a major decision over West Delaware’s Reilly Dolan, 15-3, putting the team score at 32-16.
At 132 pounds, the Go-Hawks’ Evan Yant defeated Ryan Phillips of West Delaware with a 5-0 decision, making it 35-16.
West Delaware’s Mason Gillihan pinned Waverly-Shell Rock’s Kaden Bibler in 1:37 in the 138-pound bout, which wrote the team score to 35-22.
The nightcap match pitted West Delaware’s Jadyn Peyton against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Cayden Langreck. Peyton was the victor at 145 pounds, as he won by a 4-2 decision, making the meet’s final score, 35-25.
Whitcome said Thursday’s dual against West Delaware was a learning experience for the team.
“There was a lot of different lessons for a lot of different guys,” Whitcome said. “The big thing was that we’ve got to create action on bottom. To many times, we were getting rode hard and they were outworking us on top. The other big one is getting our legs back in attacks. Too many times, our hips were pulled underneath us, because we weren’t reacting with our hips down. There’s definitely a number of things.
Waverly-Shell Rock finished in second place at the Keith Young Tournament at Cedar Falls High School on Saturday, Dec. 1 with 194 team points and four individual titles.
This week the Go-Hawks will wrestle a number of duals, as they host Northeast Iowa Conference opponent Charles City on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:15 p.m., along with their Go-Hawk Duals on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m.