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By Riley Cole, West Delaware junior
MANCHESTER – Along with winning the Class 2A team title, the West Delaware wrestling team won every tournament, set numerous school records, qualified nine individuals for the state tournament and crowned three individual state champions.
This season was one of the most successful seasons in the history of the program and is one that the record books soon won’t forget.
At the Wamac tournament in January, the Hawks set the conference record the for most team points with more than 300. The Hawks gained momentum going into the post season, where they won the sectional tournament with 300 points and qualified for regional duals.
Crowned regional dual champions, the team qualified for the state dual tournament and finished second for the second year in a row. The Hawks lost to Davenport Assumption, 30–29, similar to their 32–30 loss to Assumption in last year’s finals.
“Being in the finals again was exciting,” Zach Muller, senior, said. “It was a great atmosphere to wrestle in.”
The next day, nine individual qualifiers competed in the traditional tournament – Patrick Woods at 106 pounds, Zach Less at 113, Ryan Soppe at 138, Muller at 145, Jake Voss at 152, T.J. Oleson at 170, Jacyn Goebel at 182, Adam Reth at 220 and Dean Broghammer at 285.
Five wrestlers took the mat in the finals: Woods, Less, Muller, Reth and Broghammer.
In the 106 pound Class 2A championship, Woods pinned Brock Rathburn from Center Point-Urbana in a time of 1:41.
“The pin was hard to wrap my head around,” Woods said. “It was a dream come true.”
Less and Muller both brought home silver medals. Less lost to Fletcher Green from Washington, 8–3. Muller lost to four-time state champion Brandon Sorensen from Denver-Tripoli, 7–3.
Next up for the Hawks was Reth, who pinned Tyler Dolieslage of Boyden Hull-Rock Valley in a time of 1:58, winning his second state title. Reth set school records for most state championships with two and most career wins with 158.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Reth said. “No one else has done it in school history. It was a great way to go out my senior year.”
Broghammer also pinned his way to a gold medal, stopping Chad Pohlmeier from Bondurant-Farrar in a time of 3:50.
Junior Jake Voss and senior Jacyn Goebel also brought home some hardware from state. Voss finished in fourth place and Goebel finished third.
Also, West Delaware’s coaching staff was named Staff of the Year.
“All coaches play a role in this award,” Voss said. “This was a reward for all of the coaches’ hard work.”
Watching her brother’s hard work pay off in the finals, cheerleader Marin Woods was especially proud of her brother, Patrick.
“This is what he’s been going for since freshman year,” Marin said. “He came up a little short last year, got it this year and hopefully will get it next year.”