How many freshmen does it take to win a wrestling dual?
Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Blake Williams was sure it was seven, but it turned out to be eight.
With more than half its lineup in its first year of high school, Prairie still showed its strength, claiming a 50-15 victory last night over host Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Inexperience left Williams uncertain about his team’s chances Thursday.
“You just never know how they’re going to perform,” Williams said. “Some have had minimal varsity experience while others had quite a bit.”
The freshmen provided the Hawks with five of their 10 wins, scoring bonus points in each.
“A lot of them have heart and fight in them. If you have that it’s a good start,” said Williams, calling them coachable. “They’re not going to back down.”
Freshmen Dylan Becker (103), Casey Becker at 130 and 140-pounder Cameron Rathje each had pins for Prairie (11-1, 5-0).
Dylan Becker gave the Hawks a lead they didn’t surrender with a second-period fall over Cody Hensel. Casey Becker trailed 5-1, catching Zac Builta on his back after a reversal to get a pin in 3:09. Rathje waited no time, building a 5-0 lead and decking Tanner Lund in one minute.
“Rathje is getting better every meet,” Williams said. “Getting more confident.”
Freshmen Jayden Flege (119) and Austin Gould, who made his varsity debut at 160, each recorded major decisions.
“I think (Gould) will hold his own,” said Williams, noting six of the freshmen will likely stay in the lineup. “He was calm and composed and did a good job.”
Grade is not an issue.
“It’s not like we act like we’re freshmen,” Flege said. “It’s just being tough and working hard in the room. All that adds up to wrestling tough in the meets.”
The Hawks had a couple holes to fill due to injury and suspension. Many of the youngsters had to wrestle up a weight. A challenge they readily accepted.
“We had to sacrifice,” Flege said. “We just stepped up to the next level. Got the job done.”
Zach Becicka (112), and Peyton Wagner (152) scored pins, Josh Lambrecht (215) won by technical fall and Alex Steenblock (171) had a major decision for Prairie.
The J-Hawks (5-4, 1-3 MVC) managed four wins. Heavyweight Conner Herman, ranked fourth, gave Jefferson a brief 6-5 lead with a fall in the dual’s second bout. Dylan Moenck scored a 9-0 major decision over Jamie Day at 135. Blake Carson and Riley Welsh scored a decisions at 125 and 189, respectively.
AT C.R. JEFFERSON
C.R. Prairie 50, C.R. Jefferson 15*
(Individual takedowns in parentheses)
215 pounds — Josh Lambrecht (CRP) tech. fall Brandon Leary, 17-1 (4,0); Hwt. — Conner Herman (CRJ) pinned Dillon Brunscheen, 4:40 (1,0); 103 — Dylan Becker (CRP) pinned Cody Hensel, 3:00 (1,0); 112 — Zach Becicka (CRP) pinned Jimmie Maclin, 5:16 (3,0); 119 — Jayden Flege (CRP) major dec. Dillon Witham, 11-1 (1,0); 125 — Blake Carson (CRJ) dec. River Whitters, 8-1 (3,0); 130 — Casey Becker (CRP) pinned Zac Builta, 3:09 (0,2); 135 — Dylan Moenck (CRJ) major dec. Jamie Day, 9-0 (2,0); 140 — Cameron Rathje (CRP) pinned Tanner Lund, 1:00 (1,0); 145 — Zach Witte (CRP) dec. Stephen Settlage, 10-5 (4,1); 152 — Peyton Wagner (CRP) pinned Vince Mulnix, 2:48 (3,0); 160 — Austin Gould (CRP) major dec. Kyle Boesenberg, 9-1 (2,0); 171 — Alex Steenblock (CRP) major dec. Drake Allen, 12-0 (1,0); 189 — Riley Welsh (CRJ) dec. Andrew Netolicky, 2-1, (0,0).
Takedowns: CRP 20, CRJ 9. Reversals: CRP 5, CRJ 3. Escapes: CRP 8, CRJ 7. Nearfall points: CRP 37, CRJ 2. Penalty points (awarded): CRP 0, CRJ 4. Total match points: CRP 95, CRJ 37.
*-One point was deducted from Jefferson for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Alex Steenblock, Austin Gould, Blake Carson, Blake Williams, Cameron Rathje, Casey Becker, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Prairie, coach, Conner Herman, Dylan Becker, Dylan Moenck, freshmen, Hawks, J-Hawks, Jayden Flege, Josh Lambrecht, Peyton Wagner, prep wrestling, Riley Welsh, Zach Becicka, Zach Witte