The Ottumwa Courier


December 14, 2012

Bulldogs out-muscle Roosevelt; Ottumwa grapplers take seven pins in 42-30 win

DES MOINES — Thanks to an abundance of pins, the Ottumwa wrestling team toppled Des Moines Roosevelt 42-30 Thursday, giving Kevin Cochran his first victory over the Roughriders since he took over the reins of the Bulldog wrestling program.

“It was a big win for us,” Cochran said.  “They have been pretty dominant in the conference over the last seven years.”

Alec Clark (106), Nathan Cary (113), Karsten VanVelsor (145), Scott Wilson (152), Isaiah Cox (170), Connor Mier (220), Kevin Childs (Heavyweight) all won their matches by pinfall.  

Although Ottumwa lost six of its matches,  unlike past meets, this time not all the losses were by pinfall, Cochran said.

“Overall I thought we wrestled much more aggressive than the way we have been,” he said. “The kids wrestled hard.”

The dual wasn’t without its heated moments. Ottumwa’s Chase Wood and Roughrider Reggie Smith were both tossed from the dual after both wrestlers were called for flagrant fouls during their match in the 170 weight class. With emotions running high, Cochran said he  called his wrestlers together and told them the aforementioned actions didn’t reflect what Ottumwa wrestling is all about.

The Bulldogs managed to maintain their composure and win the dual. In another bit of good news, Shawn Foster wrestled for the first time since Ottumwa’s double-dual against Davis County and Cardinal at Davis County on Nov. 26. At the double dual, Foster was taken out of the gymnasium on a stretcher — he was taken to Davis County hospital and eventually flown to a hospital in Des Moines — after he was unable to get up at the end of a round. Although Foster lost his match by a 10-7 decision, Cochran said he was just happy to see him competing again.

The Bulldogs will wrestle at Pella Saturday.

Ottumwa 42, Des Moines Roosevelt 30

106 — Alec Clark (O) won by fall over Kaleb Crum :38. 113 — Nathan Cary (O) won by fall over Carter Lee :05. 120 — Jake Christensen (Roosevelt) won by fall over Chance Courtney 2:31. 126 — Charlie Rose (Roosevelt) won by fall over Garrett Goodwin 2:45. 132 — Jacob Harmon (Roosevelt) won by 11-7 decision Wyatt Schlotter. 138 — Karsten VanVelsor (O) won by fall over Sean Scott 1:22. 145 — Tanner Murray (Roosevelt) won by 10-7 decision over Shawn Foster. 152 — Scott Wilson (O) won by fall over Daniel Lewis 2:27. 160 — Chase Wood (O) and Reggie Jones (Roosevelt). 170 — Isaiah Cox (O) won by fall over Chandler Thompson 3:39. 182 — John Kluding (Roosevelt) won by fall over Richard McCloud 1:37. 195 — Sawyer Kochel (Roosevelt) won by fall over Adnan Hernandez 2:34. 220 — Connor Mier (O) won by fall over Xavier Natera 1:11. HWT — Kevin Childs (O) pins Romir Loggins 5:52.

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