The Ottumwa High School wrestlers returned to the mat after Christmas break Thursday as they split a double dual at Pella.
The Bulldogs fell to Norwalk 46-30 in their first dual, but they bounced back to easily defeat Pella 58-17.
Wyatt Schlotter and Karsten VanVelsor helped lead Ottumwa to early success in both duals. Schlotter (132) and VanVelsor (145) each scored a pair of pins with two falls in the first three matches with Juan Aldaba’s 13-3 major decision over Jake Speltz opening a 16-0 lead for the Bulldogs on their way to their eventual triumph over the Dutch.
Pinfall victories by Schlotter and VanVelsor helped Ottumwa battle Norwalk to a 12-12 tie through the first four matches of the dual. Unfortunately, the Warriors responded by ticking off six consecutive victories, four of them by fall, to open a 31-point advantage. While Ottumwa and Norwalk wrestled to a virtual stalemate in the lower weight classes, the Bulldogs had trouble securing victories in the higher weight matches.
Alec Clark scored a pinfall victory over Norwalk’s Trevor Baack at 103, and Nathan Cary pinned Dominic Debban at 113. Among Ottumwa wrestlers that wrestled at a weight class higher than 145 pounds, only Kevin Childs was able to secure a win; he won by fall in the heavyweight division.
“There were a couple of matches where we were up big, and we ended up getting pinned,” assistant coach Jeremy Freuh said. “I felt that we could have fared a lot better against them if we would have won the matches I think we could of.”
Freuh went out of his way to praise Collin McConell’s efforts in his match. Although McConnell failed to get a win, the coach said he really battled in what was only the second varsity match of his career.
“He went out and competed for six minutes,” Freuh said. “He wrestled a really tough match, and we’re seeing some good things from him.”
Ottumwa (5-6) heads home for its first weekend tournament of 2013. The Bulldogs host their own invitational at Evans Middle School Gym at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Norwalk 46, Ottumwa 30
106 — Alec Clark (Ottumwa) won by fall over Trevor Baack (Norwalk). 113 — Bryce Benton (N) won by dec. over Collin McConnell (O) 9-5. 120 — Nathan Cary (O) won by fall over Dominic Debban (N). 126 — Zach Johnston (N) won by fall at 4:51 over Chance Courtney (O). 132 — Wyatt Schlotter (O) won by fall over Ryley Smith (N). 138 — Logan Foetisch (N) won by fall over Juan Aldaba (O). 145 — Karsten VanVelsor (O) won by fall over Nathan Johnston (N). 152 — Zach Kelley (N) won by fall over Chase Wood (O). 160 — Trystan Minnis (N) won by dec. over Tad Howard (O) 6-2. 170 — Zach Swanson (N) won by fall over Isiah Cox (O). 182 — Swanson (N) won by fall over Skylar Genners (O). 195 — Jake Kestel (N) won by maj. dec. over Conner Mier (O) 15-7. 220 — Tyler Raymond (N) won by fall over Lucas Lunsford (O). HWT — Kevin Childs (O) won by fall over Swanson (N).
Ottumwa 58, Pella 17
106 — Clark (O) won by forfeit. 113 — McConnell (O) won by forfeit. 120 — Cole Larson (P) won by maj. dec. over Cary (O). 126 — Chase Petty (P) won by major decision over Chance Courtney (O). 132 — Schlotter (O) won by fall over Joseph Biauw (P). 138 — Aldaba (O) won by maj. dec. over Jake Speltz (P) 13-3. 145 — VanVelsor (O) won by fall over Chandler Bosch (P). 152 — Jonny Blauw (P) won by dec. over Chase Wood (O) 14-7. 160 — Howard (O) won by fall over James Krall (P). 170 — Cox (O) won by forfeit. 182 — Bryce Dawson (P) won by fall over Genners (O). 195 — Mier (O) won by fall over Dawson (P). 220 — Lunsford (O) won by forfeit. HWT — Childs (O) won by forfeit.