IOWA CITY — The streak is over for Iowa City West.
The eighth-ranked Trojans missed qualifying for the state duals wrestling tournament for the first time since 2003 after dropping a wild back-and-forth contest to No. 10 West Des Moines Dowling, 35-34, Wednesday night in a Class 3A regional dual.
West’s attempt to earn a record 11th consecutive berth ended in the final bout when Dowling’s sixth-ranked 106-pounder Tanner Rohweder earned a technical fall to swing the dual score.
“It’s been a long time,” West Coach Mark Reiland said.
“Maybe I’ll go down and scout. I don’t know.We wanted to be there. There’s no doubt about it. We’re disappointed that we’re not.”
West and Dowling each won seven matches with plenty of offense, combining for seven pins, Rohweder’s technical fall, four major decisions and just two decisions.
The Maroons needed a major decision in the last match at 106 to tie the team score and a technical fall or pin to win.
Rohweder turned West’s Jordan Crawford on his back twice in the first period with a real opportunity to earn a fall.
But the referee blew his whistle twice — first for an illegal hold and then for a potentially dangerous situation.
But Rohweder worked quickly with takedowns and nearfall points.
The sophomore’s reversal in the third period ended the match and the dual.
“Our kid was just able to execute,” Dowling Coach Jon Garvin said.
The Trojans stormed back from a 30-19 deficit with wins in the upper weight classes.
West’s 220-pounder Micah Kelsay and heavyweight Colin Foerstner earned pins. Foerstner’s came with just 15 seconds left in the second period.
“There were a lot of ifs and ands and buts. We came out on the wrong end of it for a change,” Reiland said.