The Ottumwa Courier

December 4, 2013

Frueh era off to strong start

By ANDY HEINTZ Courier sports writer
Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — The Jeremy Frueh era got off to an encouraging start Monday, as the Ottumwa wrestling team began its season with two commanding victories over Cardinal 61-15 and Davis County 58-18 at Evans Middle School.

“Anytime you win that’s good,” Frueh said. “We wrestled a lot better in the second dual [against Davis County]. I felt like we were in better shape all night. It shows how hard the kids have worked and all the work they’ve put in.”

“Well, I feel like we’re not done yet,” sophomore Isaiah Cox, who went 2-0 in the 170-pound class, added, “we still have room for improvement. For a start, we did pretty well.”

In the other dual of the night, the Mustangs knocked off the Comets 52-20. For Ottumwa, sophomores Alec Clark and Tyler Bookin-Nosbisch and junior Nathan Cary spearheaded the Bulldogs’ blowout of Cardinal, pinning their opponents at 113, 195 and 126 pounds

And, after it fell behind 6-0 early, Ottumwa ticked off 39-straight points — starting with a Cox pin and culminating with a Jack Stabile pin at 113 pounds — against Davis County on its way to an easy win. Ottumwa’s offensive juggernaut during this critical stage of the match was ornamented with pins by Levi Cobler (182), Bookin-Nosbisch and Clark. Additionally, senior Lucas Lunsford picked up a gritty overtime win over Ben Kencart 3-1 in the heavyweight match.

“This is my home, you’re not going to do anything to me in my house,” Lunsford said. “I’ve been working really hard this year and I feel it could be a really special year for me and the team. As it says on the shoes that were given to me by this special family (the Duffs, who go to Lunsford’s church), ‘Dream it, Do it.’ I’m a firm believer in that.”

Going into the meet, Davis County coach Jim Nelson knew it would be an uphill battle for his team young team.

“We were not going to win that dual unless we had a couple miracle wins,” he said. “They’re a better team than us right now.”

In Davis County’s dual against Cardinal, Ryan Cale, who qualified for state last season, staved off a spirited challenge from Mustang Kody Smith, before he squeaked out a 10-9 win in the closing seconds.

“It just made me realize I’m not in as good as shape as I want to be right now and I need to work harder to get myself where I want to be,” Cale said.

Still, the Mustangs secured the victory thanks to pins by Walker Henderson (132), Spencer Bassett (160) and Ryan Winters (195).

“My junior varsity wrestlers did very well,” Cardinal coach Tom Lamansky said, “They were very aggressive. My varsity wrestlers have a lot to work on. They need to get out there and take more shots on their feet. I thought we were in pretty good shape, but it looks like we’re not, so we’re going to have to get in better shape”

Ottumwa takes on Des Moines North — Hoover at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a CIML Metro Conference dual at Evans Middle School.

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Davis County 52, Cardinal 20

106 — Drayton Hamm (Cardinal) won by forfeit. 113 — Mario Rayos (C) won by fall at :46 over Sully Holman (Davis County). 120 — Ryan Cale (C) won by decision over Kody Smith (DC) 9-8. 126 — Walker Henderson (DC) won by fall at :30 over Bryce Benedict (C). 132 — Eric Allen (DC) won by forfeit. 138 — Mike Miller (DC) won by forfeit. 145 — Bradley Jones (DC) won by forfeit. 152 — Dylan Henderson (DC) won by forfeit. 160 — Spencer Bassett (DC) won by fall at :23 over Thomas Rice (C). 170 — Dylan Dekraai (DC) won by major decision over Tyler Albert (C) 17-6. 182 — Josh Ramos (C) won by technical fall at 3:54 over Bradley Jones (DC) 18-3. 195 — Ryan Winters (DC) won by fall at 1:03 over Jacob Bonner (C). 220 — Double Forfeit. HWT — Ben Kincart (DC) won by forfeit.

Ottumwa 61, Cardinal 15

106 — Alec Clark (Ottumwa) won by fall at :35 over Drayton Hamm (C). 113 — Mario Rayos (C) won by fall at 5:49 over Jack Stabile (O). 120 — Ryan Cale (C) won by decision over Collin McConnell (O) 8-1. 126 — Nathan Cary (O) won by fall at :57 over Bryce Benedict (C). 132 — Jonathan Morales (O) won by forfeit. 138 — Wyatt Schlotter (O) won by forfeit. 145 — Cooper Smith (O) won by forfeit. 152 — Juan Aldaba (O) won by forfeit. 160 — Trevor Anfinson (O) won by decision over Thomas Rice (C) 8-5. 170 — Isaiah Cox (O) won by major decision over Tyler Albert (C) 21-10. 182 — Josh Ramos (C) won by fall at :55 over Levi Cobler (O). 195 — Tyler Bookin-Nosbisch (O) won by fall at 1:55 over Jacob Bonner (C). 220 — Zain Lay (O) won by forfeit. HWT — Lucas Lunsford (O) won by forfeit.

Ottumwa 58, Davis County 16

106 — Alec Clark (Ottumwa) won by forfeit. 113 — Jack Stabile (O) won by fall at :48 over Sully Holman (Davis County). 120 — Kody Smith (DC) won by fall at 1:28 over Collin McConnell (O). 126 — Nathan Cary (O) won by decision over Walker Henderson (DC) 4-0. 132 — Jonathan Morales (O) won by fall at 1:47 over Eric Allen (DC). 138 — Wyatt Schlotter (O) won by fall at :17 over Mike Miller (DC). 145 — Cooper Smith (O) won by major decision over Bradley Jones (DC) 17-9. 152 — Dylan Henderson (DC) won by fall at 1:54 over Juan Aldaba (O). 160 — Spencer Bassett (DC) won by fall at 1:54 over Trevor Anfinson (O). 170 — Isaiah Cox (O) won by fall at :27 over Dylan Dekraai (DC). 182 — Levi Cobler (O) won by fall at 3:15. 195 — Tyler Bookin-Nosbisch (O) won by fall at 1:41 over Ryan Winters (DC). 220 — Zain Lay (O) won by forfeit. HWT — Lucas Lunsford (O) won by decision over Ben Kincart (DC) 3-1 in overtime (sudden victory).