The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs hosted old conference rivals the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tigers on Thursday, Jan. 4. The Mustangs were able to take out the Tigers 55-15.
The dual started at 106 pounds, but the 152 pound match was the one to watch.
Mustang Luke Fistler took on the Tigers’ Nolan Harsh. The points went back and forth during the first three periods, ending in a 5-5 tie. It didn’t take long for Fistler to win the match in overtime, though. With a quick take down, followed by a near fall, the match ended in a 10-5 sudden victory.
“I thought our 170 and 182, so Ty Chambers and Zach Needham, went out there and wrestled two tough kids,” said DC-G coach Clint Knoll, “but it’s hard to top what Fistler did at 152. That was a good match for him, a revenge match you know, he got him. He’s really been wrestling well lately and that just kind of showed how far he’s come this season so far.”
The 132 pound match was exciting as well when the Mustangs’ Trevon Wells wrestled Aaron Beeber. Wells led the entire match, but it still came down to the last last second. As the buzzer sounded, Wells pinned Beeber, earning another six points for the Mustangs.
The Tigers only won three matches throughout the entire dual.
Cole Williamson began the dual for the Tigers by winning the 106 pound match. Williamson scored six points for the Tigers when he pinned Mustang Dakota Arends in 1:24.
Andrew Flora followed by winning the 113 pound match. Flora took on Mustang Ayden Kovaleski and won in a 5-0 decision.
The Tigers’ final victory of the dual was in the 220 pound match. Tiger Kaden Sutton was able to beat Blake Willey by fall in 3:32.
Peyton Braunschweig won the Mustangs’ first match of the night at 120 pounds. The Mustang wrestled Bryce Holm and won in a 5-3 decision.
It took Mustang Cole Smith only 1:30 to win his match. At 138 pounds Smith was able to pin the Tiger’ Nathan Royer.
The Mustangs also won the 145 pound match by fall. Bain Broderick wrestled for the Mustangs and took down the Tigers’ Eli Jones in 1:28.
Zane Mulder won the 160 pound match for the Mustangs. In just 2:53, he was able to win by technical fall over Brodrick Schmidt.
The Tigers’ Leo Tauke wrestled his first match of the season on Thursday. At 170 pounds he took on Mustang Ty Chambers and fell in a 14-0 major decision.
Following Chambers’ victory, Zach Needham wrestled at 182 pounds for the Mustangs. Needham won in a 14-1 major decision over the Tigers’ Charles Craigmile.
Mustang Jacob Comer and Tiger Luke Ransom wrestled the final match of the dual. Comer came out with the victory after pinning Ransom in just 53 seconds.
The Mustangs had an additional 12 points on the board after the Tigers had to forfeit the 126 and 195 pound matches. The dual ended with the Mustangs beating the Tigers 55-15.
“I thought our kids wrestled pretty well,” Knoll said. “You just never know coming out of Christmas break how they’re gonna be, if we’re gonna be flat, if we’re gonna get tired easy, but I thought that they did a good job.”
The Mustangs had an invitational on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Benton Community where they finished in seventh place. Their next meet is on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Oskaloosa.
The Tigers wrestled at the Winterset invitational on Saturday, Jan. 6. The Tigers will be wrestling at Grinnell on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.