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By Diane Temple, Maquoketa Valley adviser
DELHI - To say this year’s wrestling season has been good is quite the understatement.
After last Thursday night’s wins over Starmont and Ed-Co, Maquoketa Valley tied last year’s record-breaking season with 26 dual victories. Then on Saturday, the Wildcats broke the Tri-Rivers Conference record for points scored at the meet (a record Alburnett broke, too, and now the Pirates own).
At a home “Pink Out” meet, MV defeated Starmont, 50-22. Carter Funke won by tech fall, 22-5. Winning by pin were Jeremy Bacon in 1:48, Luke Kramer in 1:11, Jared Coyle in 1:07 and Jeremy Fischer in 3:23. Skylar Lewis won by decision, 9-7. Steve Huber, Ryan Parmely and Tyler Yonkovic won by forfeit.
Later that night, MV defeated Ed-Co, 66-18. Ed-Co brought a sparse team. MV had to forfeit the 106 and 126 weight classes. Koda Kreutner was pinned to give Ed-Co its other points. Otherwise, Ed-Co forfeited all its other matches.
In an exciting conference tournament held in Monticello Saturday, the second-place Wildcats earned a record 221 points – which was outdone by Alburnett’s 300. MV brought home four champions, one runner-up and several third-place finishes.
Coach Tim Andrews was pleased with the team’s efforts.
“To score 221 points as a team goes to show you how complete this team can be when everyone is healthy,” he said. “Obviously when we are up against the top-ranked team in the state it makes it tough to come away with first-place trophy, but overall I am very happy with how the guys performed.
“To come away with four champs, one runner up and a number of third-place finishes goes to show how far we’ve come as a team this year. We need to keep this momentum as we head into our sectional tournament at home (Saturday and) keep it rolling into the week or two after.”
At 106 pounds, Greg Guetzko earned fifth place by defeating Mac Meyer from East Buchanan by fall in 1:02. At 120, Coyle brought home the gold by defeating Jordan Henderson from Alburnett, 2-0. At 126, Fischer earned a third-place finish by winning three matches on the day and beating Joseph Ward in the third-place match, 13-7 .
At 138, Dylan Wright placed fourth, falling to Jett Kuhens from Starmont in the third-place match. At 145, Funke brought home the gold by defeating Bryce Paul from Alburnett, 5-3. At 152, Trevor Koopmann placed third by defeating Jacob Rawson from North-Linn, 8-1, and he also picked up three victories on the day. At 160, Huber placed third by winning three matches and winning by medical forfeit in the third-place match.
At 170, Bacon placed third by defeating Ashton VanAlst from Central City/Springville, 8-6, and also had three victories on the day. At 182, Kramer placed second, falling short in ultimate tiebreaker overtime to Taylor Michael, 4-3. At 195, Lewis placed third by defeating Devin Arduser from Monticello by fall in 1:17. At 220, Parmely brought home the gold by pinning Cody Platte in the finals in a time of 2:12. At heavyweight, Yonkovic brought home the gold by defeating Luke Bird in the finals, 5-3.
Maquoketa Valley hosts a sectional meet on Saturday.