Courier Staff Writer
The Ottumwa wrestling team kicked off its season with a pair of dual victories over Cardinal (60-16) and Davis County (52-30) Monday at Davis County High School.
The two victories, however, were overshadowed by a serious incident involving Ottumwa senior Shawn Foster. Foster, who wrestles at 145 pounds, was unable to get up at the conclusion of a round with Davis County’s Kale Baird.
The senior wrestler was eventually taken to Davis County hospital on a stretcher.
“In 17 years of doing this, it was one of the scariest moments I’ve had as a coach,” Kevin Cochran said.
Foster was eventually flown to a hospital in Des Moines. Cochran said he would provide an update as soon as he knew more about Foster’s condition.
While the importance of the dual results seemed trivial compared to Foster’s health, the Bulldogs did dominant in their two duals.
“I think you saw a lot of the kids that worked really hard really stepped up when we needed them big time,” assistant coach Andy Swedenhjelm said. “We wrestled well on our feet.”
Connor Mier turned in a pair of solid performances for Ottumwa, winning both his matches by fall at 220 pounds. Senior Kevin Childs picked up a huge victory by fall over the Mustangs Ben Kincart in the 185 pound class.
“Kevin Childs came up with a big pin that pretty much sealed the meet for us,” Swedenhjelm said.
For Childs, the win was a confidence booster.
“It helps me a lot because it was my second pin ever,” Childs said.
Sophomore Scott Wilson also came up big for Ottumwa, pinning both of his opponents at 152. Ottumwa senior Karsten VanVelsor, the most prolific wrester on last season’s squad; scored a 21-11 major decision victory over Mustang Sam Johnson 21-11 in his only match of the night
In the third dual of the night, the Mustangs handily defeated Cardinal 60-12.
Mustangs coach Jim Nelson said his team still has much to improve on.
“We’re not pieced together yet,” Nelson said. “We’re going to be a lot better by the end of the year. We’ve been practicing hard, so the performance will come eventually.”
Ryan Cale had a terrific couple of duals for Cardinal at 113 pounds. He won a 14-5 major decision over Ottumwa sophomore Nathan Cary and he pinned the Mustangs’ Walker Henderson.
Ottumwa (2-0) will compete at the Burlington Invitational Saturday. Cardinal and Davis County will both be in action at the Pekin Tournament.
Ottumwa 60, Cardinal 16
106 — Alec Clark (O) won by fall over Drayton Hamm 3:26. 113 — Ryan Cale (C) won by major decision 14-5 over Nathan Cary. 120 — Open. 126 — Michael Owens (C) won by fall over Storm Beltran 1:18. 132 — Wyatt Schlotter (O) forfeit. 138 — Karsten VanVelsor (O) forfeit. 145 — Shawn Foster (O) forfeit. 152 — Scott Wilson (O) won by fall over Patrick Lind 4:28. 160 — Tad Howard (O) won by fall over Jonathen Rupe 5:47. 170 — Josh Ramos (C) won by fall over Isiah Cox 5:31. 182 — Richard McCloud (O) forfeit. 195 — Adan Hernandez (O) forfeit . 220 — Connor Mier (O) won by fall over Jayson Sallee :42. HWT — Kevin Childs (O) forfeit.
Ottumwa 52, Davis County 30
106 — Jack Stabile (O) forfeit. 113 — Walker Henderson (DC) won by fall over Clark 5:48. 120 — Cary (O) won by fall over Travis Morton 5:07. 126 — Beltran (O) won by fall over Dakota Schutter :40. 132 — Wyatt Schlotter (O) won by fall over Bradley Jones 3:12. 138 — VanVelsor (O) won by major decision 21-11 over Sam Johnson. 145 — Kale Baird (DC) beats Foster by default. 152 — Spencer Bassett (DC) forfeit. 160 — Wilson (O) won by fall over Ryan Fullenkamp 1:55. 170 — Cox (O) forfeit. 182 — Chase Wood (O) won by fall over Nathan Vaughn :48. 195 — Adan Hernandez forfeit. 220 — Mier won by fall over Colton Kingcart 1:44. HWT — Childs (O) won by fall over Ben Kincart 3:10.
Davis County 60, Cardinal 12
106 — Hamm (C) forfeit. 113 — Ryan Cale (C) won by fall over Henderson. 120 — Travis Norton (DC) forfeit. 126 — Schutter (DC) won by fall over Mike Owings. 132 — Jones (DC) forfeit. 138 — Johnson (DC) forfeit. 145 — Kale Baird (DC) forfeit. 152 — Bassett (DC) won by fall over Lind. 160 — Fullenkamp (DC) forfeit. 170 — Open. 182 — Logan Boas (DC) forfeit. 195 — Open. 220 — Colton Kincart won by fall over Salle. HWT — Ben Kincart (DC) forfeit.