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Posted January 16, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Catching up with Maquoketa Valley wrestling

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By Diane Temple, Maquoketa Valley adviser

DELHI – Last Thursday night, the Maquoketa Valley wrestling team took on East Buchanan and Central City/Springville and came away with two wins.

In the first dual against East Buchanan, the Wildcats came out on top with a 54-24 win. Picking up victories were Jeremy Bacon (pin), Luke Kramer (forfeit), Skylar Lewis (pin), Greg Guetzko (pin), Jared Coyle (pin), Jeremy Fischer (pin), Dylan Wright (decision), Carter Funke (decision), Trevor Koopmann (pin) and Steve Huber (pin).

Coach Tim Andrews was pleased with the growth of some of the younger wrestlers.

“Overall I was very happy with how some of the younger guys on this team battled and came out with victories for us,” he said. “It’s fun to see how much improvement these younger guys are making over the course of a month or two.”

The Wildcats won next meet versus Central City/Springville, 60-15. Picking up victories for us in this meet were Kramer (forfeit), Ryan Parmely (forfeit), Lewis (forfeit), Tyler Yonkovic (forfeit), Guetzko (forfeit), Alex Vorwald (forfeit), Funke (forfeit), Koopmann (forfeit), Huber (pin) and Bacon (pin).

This past Saturday, Maquoketa Valley traveled to Cascade for a tournament. The Wildcats placed fourth. Mount Vernon won the tournament.

The Wildcats placed four wrestlers in the finals – Coyle, Funke, Parmely and  Yonkovic –  and Parmely won a title.

“This meet was loaded with some quality competition and overall I thought it was a good checkpoint for our team,” Andrews said. “Some of the more experienced guys on our team now realize that we have our work cut out for us these last three-four weeks if we want to attain the goals we have for ourselves individually and team wise.”

The Wildcat wrestling team picked up two quality dual victories Tuesday night at home.

In the first dual versus Valley Community, the Cats won 63-18. Picking up victories were Kramer (forfeit), Parmely (pin), Yonkovic (forfeit), Guetzko (pin), Coyle (pin), Fischer (pin),  Funke (decision), Koopmann (pin), Jordy Downs (forfeit), Huber (pin) and Bacon (forfeit).

In the second dual against Lisbon,  the Cats fought from behind and came out on top with a 40-37 victory. Picking up key victories in this dual were Parmely (pin), Yonkovic (forfeit), Funke (pin), Koopmann (pin), Downs (major decision), Huber (pin) and Bacon (pin).

“Overall I was very satisfied with how this team performed given some of the adversity that we had been facing the past week or so,” Andrews said. “This was a great night for the team and the community and hopefully we can use this as we head into the final week before conference and the post season. We still have our work cut out for us and have time to work towards achieving as many of our goals as possible.”


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