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By Alex Fox, Xavier senior
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Xavier wrestling team is ready for Saturday’s districts.
The Saints competed in a triangular against Iowa City High and Dubuque Senior on Jan. 17 at Xavier, beating City High, 46-27. Juniors Sean Ickes and Nick Drahozal, along with freshman Clint Lembeck, recorded pins for the Saints. Junior Jerry Duball had a technial fall. The team then lost to Dubuque Senior in a close battle, 39-31. Sophomores Camden Chicchelly and Michael Maher had pins and Lembeck had a tech fall.
The Saints participated in the Clyde Bean Duals at City High, finishing second out of five teams. Xavier went 2-2, getting wins over Keokuk (40-24) and City High (48-24) again. The Saints lost to Lisbon (36-35) and Decorah (58-18). Drahozal had three pins and was 4-0 overall on the day.
Xavier then finished ninth at the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament on Jan. 26 at Cedar Rapids Washington. Ickes and Lembeck placed the highest for the Saints, finishing third at the 170 and 120 pound division, respectively. Duball, junior Cole Turner and Drahozal all placed fifth at their weight divisions.
The team wrestled at Waterloo East on Jan. 31 against West and Linn-Mar. Xavier lost their first match to Linn-Mar, 58-13. Duball, Ickes, and Turner all had wins for the Saints. The team then wrestled East and dominated the Trojans, winning 52-15. Lembeck, sophomore Michael Maher and junior Andrew Khairallah all had pins.
“If we keep working hard, we believe that we can do something special in the post-season this season,” senior Sam Newberry said.
The team is 13-18 in duals. Saturday’s district meet is at Waverly Shell Rock.