CEDAR RAPIDS – Cedar Rapids Washington’s Tyler Burkle was a man with a plan.
The Warriors’ junior sought the advice of head coach Matt Hatcher for a strategy between matches and it paid dividends, leading to a good start to his plans of an improved season from a year ago.
Burkle posted two wins, helping host Washington to wins over Maquoketa and Marion on Tuesday night. Burkle scored a pin in the Warriors’ 39-30 win over the Indians, and a major decision in a 43-33 win against the Cardinals.
“It was nice,” the Warriors 160-pounder said. “Last year I didn’t do too well. Coming into starting 2-0 is a really good confidence booster. It was nice to help out the team, too.”
He sought help for his second match, asking Hatcher how to counter the stronger, more physical foe. He implemented an attack to stay in good position and use an outside single-leg attack. He scored a couple takedowns, building a 6-3 lead before pinning the Indians’ Romello Olds in 3:44.
“I went out there and did it,” Burkle said. “I knew he was a stronger guy and a little shorter with more power. I didn’t want him to get me in anything I didn’t want to get in and control the match.”
Hatcher was impressed with Burkle’s initiative and how he was able to put together a solid performance.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” Hatcher said. “It’s what we’ve been we’ve been trying to get out of him the last couple years.”
The success is an example for his teammates to follow. Pay attention and listen to your coaches, because they can put you in position to win.
“He made a game plan and stuck to it,” Hatcher said. “The outcome was exactly what we told him.”
The Warriors won eight weights against Marion, sealing the victory with heavyweight Zac Gillis’ 3-2 overtime win over Mitch Ross. Mason Byrne (120), Trey Schuler (126) and Hunter Swartz (220) added falls for Washington.
In the opener, Washington was powered by forfeits, winning eight weights including a fall from Jared Eicher (170) and a decision by 120-pounder Devin Dills.
“They got more excited (in the second round),” Hatcher said. “These kids are new and new staples, so to speak. … We have new kids that have to make their mark and new kids who are just plain new. They fought pretty hard. The effort was there.”
Marion (1-1) dropped Maquoketa, 42-31. Levi Lochner (145) and Dakota Peterson (17o) recorded two pins apiece.
Five Cardinals were 2-0 Tuesday night. Logan Mayberry (152), Justin Zeimet (182) and 220-pounder Alex Eggers scored two falls. Dillion Pieper added a pin and decision at 106, while Beau Bowman (113) had a pin for Maquoketa (0-2).
AT C.R. WASHINGTON
C.R. Washington 43, Maquoketa 33
285 pounds — Zac Gillis (CRW) won by forfeit; 106 — Dillion Pieper (MAQ) pinned Mat DeCamp, 1:01;113 — Beau Bowman (MAQ) won by forfeit; 120 — Devin Dills (CRW) dec. Zach Koppes, 12-7; 126 — Trey Schuler (CRW) won by forfeit; 132 — Tyler Bierbaun (CRW) won by forfeit; 138 — Jacob Boatwright (CRW) won by forfeit; 145 — Jacob Kloft (MAQ) dec. J.P. Mercado, 8-4; 152 — Logan Mayberry (MAQ) pinned Evan Lehrman, 1:59; 160 — Tyler Burkle (CRW) major dec. Hunter Hessong, 11-2; 170 — Jared Eicher (CRW) pinned Ty Thede, 4:57; 182 — Justin Zeimet (MAQ) pinned Mason Gee, 3:59; 195 — Noah Williams (CRW) won by forfeit; 220 — Alex Eggers (MAQ) pinned Hunter Swartz, 1:47.
C.R. Washington 39, Marion 30
113 pounds — Mason Hiler (M) won by forfeit; 120 — Mason Byrne (CRW) pinned Jared Almandinger, 2:30; 126 — Devin Dills (CRW) won by forfeit; 132 — Trey Schuler (CRW) pinned Tevin Mull, 4:50; 138 — NIck Kramer (M) dec. Jacob Boatwright, 8-3; 145 — Levi Lochner (M) pinned J.P. Mercado, 3:15; 152 — Evan Lehrman (CRW) dec. MIles Martens, 8-1; 160 — Tyler Burkle (CRW) pinned Romello Olds, 3:44; 170 — Dakota Peterson (M) pinned Jared Eicher, 1:40; 182 — Dalton Gardner (M) dec. Mason Gee, 12-7; 195 — Noah Williams (CRW) dec. Kyle Grandon, 12-8; 220 — Hunter Swartz (CRW) pinned Jacob Ottaway, 1:46; 285 — Zac Gillis (CRW) dec. Mitch Ross, 3-2 (OT); 106 — Klein Walker (M) pinned Mat DeCamp, :38.
Marion 42, Maquoketa 31
106 pounds – Dillion Pieper (Maq) dec. Klein Walker, 7-0; 113 – Beau Bowman (Maq) pinned Jared Almandinger, 3:44; 120 – Zach Koppes (Maq) major dec. Mason Hiler, 15-1; 126 – Double forfeit; 132 – Tevin Mull (Mar) won by forfeit; 138 – Nick Kramer (Mar) won by forfeit; 145 – Levi Lochner (Mar) pinned Jacob Kloft, 1:46; 152 – Logan Mayberry (Maq) pinned Miles Martens, 1:19; 160 – Romello Olds (Mar) pinned Hunter Hessong, :26; 170 – Dakota Peterson (Mar) pinned Ty Thede, 1:26; 182 – Justin Zeimet (Maq) pinned Dalton Gardner, 4:00; 195 – Jacob Ottaway (Mar) won by forfeit; 220 – Alex Eggers (Maq) pinned Kyle Grandon, 1:02; 285 – Mitch Ross (Mar) won by forfeit.