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By Diane Temple, Maquoketa Valley adviser
DELHI – The Maquoketa Valley wrestling team has experienced some success despite some illness and injuries.
Last Thursday, the Wildcats traveled to Monticello and took on Ed-Co and Monticello. MV won both duals. Maquoketa Valley beat Ed-Co, 48-25, with Steve Huber picking up a pin at 160 pounds.
In the second dual, MV topped Monticello, 42-31. Greg Guetzko won by fall over Olivia Sunlin in 39 seconds, Jeremy Bacon won by fall over Jayson Hebdon in 58 seconds, Luke Kramer won by fall over Luke Knipper in 59 seconds and Ryan Parmely won by fall over Zach Timm in 1:17. Others receiving victories were Trevor Koopmann at 152, with a 6-1 decision and Tyler Yonkovic at heavyweight, with a 9-4 decision over Daniel Pike.
Last Saturday, Maquoketa Valley traveled to Western Dubuque for the Bobcat Duals. Coach Tim Andrews said the team had to battle through sickness and injuries.
“This was a very tough task for us as we entered the competition with 3 and 4A sized schools and a very banged up line-up,” he said.
MV finished the day with a 2-3 record.
“Overall I was pleased with our effort but this meet also showed us that we have a lot of work to get done in the wrestling room,” Andrews said.
In the first dual against Newton, MV fell 44-33. In the second dual, with the day’s JV All Star team. MV came out victorious by 56-33 score. In the third dual with North Scott, MV fell 69-18. In the fourth dual with Cedar Falls, MV lost 45-30. And in the final dual with Williamsburg, the Wildcats won, 40-36.
Picking up five victories on the day were Jared Coyle at 126 and Parmely at 195/220. Koopmann and Guetzko also had great days, picking up four victories apiece for the Wildcats. Yonkovic finished the day with three victories out of his four matches.
“Hopefully we can get healthy this week as a team and fix the mistakes that we’ve been making and finish this first half of the season as strong as we can,” Andrew said.