CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Kennedy played the role of party crasher last night.
The Cougars tried to restrict the celebration to the pageantry before the meet on the evening when Cedar Rapids Jefferson honored each of the storied program’s state finalists and former coaches.
Kennedy won eight matches, claiming a 41-24 victory over Jefferson in a Mississippi Valley Conference dual at Jefferson High School.
“What a great opportunity to wrestle in front of not only Jefferson legends but Cedar Rapids area legends,” Kennedy Coach Brent Paulson said, referring to the attendance of the likes of Mel Wieland, the Metro’s first three-time state champion, legendary coach Bill McNiel and two-time state champ and four-time University of Iowa All-American Mark Ironside. “It was a good opportunity for our kids to go out there and wrestle in front of a good crowd.”
Some of the Cougars matches mirrored the dual, starting stronger than they finished. Kennedy built a 31-9 lead, winning six of the first eight bouts. Taylor Moss and Luke Kremer scored falls at 103 and 130, respectively, and J.D. Ruzicka, filling Kremer’s normal spot, racked up 21 points for a major decision at 125.
But, The J-Hawks (5-5, 1-4 MVC) were able to chip away late, winning the last three matches. Paulson stressed his team needs to end matches stronger.
“I don’t think it was our strongest performance of the year,” Paulson said. “There were a couple weights where we just didn’t finish the match. That stands out a little bit.”
A couple Cougars finished strong, capturing wins while trailing. Logan Kubovec (140) and Ryan Sheldon (152) overcame deficits to score second-period falls.
Kubovec trailed Tyler Boesenberg after surrendering a first-period takedown. Kubovec started the second period in the top position and turned Boesenberg, getting the fall in 3 minutes, 38 seconds.
Vince Mulnix took Sheldon down near the end of the first, adding two nearfall points before time expired. Sheldon rebounded with a takedown before turning and pinning Mulnix in 3:51, extending the Cougars’ lead to 37-12.
“Those guys are buying into the fact no matter what the score is you have to finish,” said Paulson.
Shane Williams (135) and Zach Parsons (160) added a decision and a major for the Cougars (7-3, 4-2 MVC).
J-Hawk heavyweight Conner Herman received a forfeit to open the dual and Brice Lukasko scored a decision 112, giving the J-Hawks a 9-6 lead.
Stephen Settlage put Jefferson back on the board, scoring a takedown on the edge of the mat 25 seconds into overtime to beat Jordan Baskerville, 3-1, at 145. Drake Allen, Riley Welsh (189) and Brandon Leary (215). Allen scored a fall at 171 and Leary scored a takedown as time expired for a 6-5 win over Dakoda Aldrich.
“We just have to work on some fundamentals,” Jefferson Coach Dick Briggs said. ”We’re working on that and we’re showing improvement in some areas.”
AT C.R. JEFFERSON
C.R. Kennedy 41, C.R. Jefferson 24
(Individual takedowns in parentheses)
Hwt. — Conner Herman (CRJ) won by forfeit; 103 — Taylor Moss (CRK) pinned Cody Hensel, 5:05 (1,1); 112 — Brice Lukasko (CRJ) dec. Ben Feuerhelm, 5-0 (2,0); 119 — Ryan Rodriguez (CRK) won by forfeit; 125 — J.D. Ruzicka (CRK) major dec. Jonny Bishop, 21-12 (6,2); 130 — Luke Kremer (CRK) pinned Blake Carson, 3:29 (5,0); 135 — Shane Williams (CRK) dec. Dylan Moenck, 1-0 (0,0); 140 — Logan Kubovec (CRK) pinned Tyler Boesenberg, 3:38 (0,1); 145 — Stephen Settlage (CRJ) dec. Jordan Baskerville, 3-1 OT (1,0); 152 — Ryan Sheldon (CRK) pinned Vince Mulnix, 3:51 (1,1); 160 — Zach Parsons (CRK) major dec. Kyle Boesenberg, 10-2 (3,0); 171 — Drake Allen (CRJ) pinned Chase Fergus, 4:24 (2,2); 189 — Riley Welsh (CRJ) dec. Kameron Beets, 2-1 (0,0); 215 — Brandon Leary (CRJ) dec. Dakoda Aldrich, 6-5 (2,1)
Takedowns: CRK 19, CRJ 12. Reversals: CRK 4, CRJ 1. Escapes: CRK 9, CRJ 17. Nearfall points: CRK 14, CRJ 5. Penalty points (awarded): CRK 1, CRJ 2. Total match points: CRK 70, CRJ 50.
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