CENTER POINT - Still working their way wrestling shape, the Anamosa boys’ team made their way to Center Point Tuesday, Dec. 8, and were the dominant team on the mat sweeping a triangular with the host Pointers as well as Central Elkader and Washington.
“We came out with a lot of intensity and just never let up all night long,” said Raider wrestling coach Bret Jones, as his team opened with an impressive 54-30 triumph over Center Point-Urbana.
“The kids are doing the things that we’ve been working on in practice and taking them to the mat. We worked on our technique and pushed the pace in all three of these matches and were the aggressors from the very beginning. It was rewarding to see the results come out the way they did.”
Anamosa senior Alex Casey, ranked eighth in the state in class 2A at 152-pounds, got things started wrestling at 160 pinning Tyler Foreman in a mere 1:47 to hand the visitors a quick 6-0 lead.
The Pointers received a Raider forfeit at 170 before Anamosa started rolling winning six straight matches, led off by a 1:40 pin win for Nathan Keating at 182. Jordan Brown followed with another fall for the Anamosa team dominating Center Point-Urbana’s Henry Hingst taking a fall in a mere 31-seconds at 195.
Cole Sigler added a 3:08 pin win over Alex Besick at 220 before Connor Andresen, ranked ninth in the state, pinned Kaden Neal claiming a 1:06 fall at heavyweight.
“Every one of our wins on the night was by a pin,” Jones said. “And, we only lost three matches on the entire night, too. On paper I thought some of these matches might be toss-ups, but in the end, we were able to handle those opponents pretty easily. An impressive night all the way around.”
Sean Kirk was handed a forfeit win for the Raiders at 113 before Aaron Casey and Easton Wheeler posted impressive pin triumphs defeating Lucas Gauger (1:16) and Jack Witte (55-seconds), respectively, to end the Anamosa scoring.
The Raiders cruised to a 54-18 rout over Central Elkader with Keating (1:15), Aaron Casey (33-seconds) and Alex Casey (1:10) all rolling to pin wins while Brown, Andresen, Robert Scranton, Kirk, Wheeler and Mason Padgett were all handed forfeit triumphs.
The Anamosa dominance continued against Washington, as only four bouts were played out on the mat with the Raiders winning three cruising to a 54-12 victory.
Keating (1:46), Kirk (58-seconds) and Wheeler (3:05) all claimed pin wins while Brown, Sigler, Andresen, Scranton, Aaron Casey and Alex Casey all walked off the mat with forfeits.
Anamosa made their way to West Liberty Thursday, Dec. 10, and in the opening match against the host Comets were handed a 42-24 defeat.
“West Liberty has a very good team and we got chance to see that up close Thursday night,” Jones said. “There were some great matches and while we may have come up short in a few of those, I don’t get too worried about the losses at this point. It hurts the kids more than it does me. I know we’re going to improve and they’ll all be better wrestlers by the end of the season, which is what we want anyway.”
The highlight match of the match came at heavyweight as Andresen battled West Liberty’s top-ranked 220-pounder Kobe Simon, who bumped up a weight to wrestle Andresen.
“That was a tough test for Connor but I know he’ll learn from it,” said Jones, as Andresen was handed a 13-8 loss.
“Connor battled and was able to do some things against the West Liberty kid, and this match will only make him better as we go forward.”
Alex Casey and Keating posted the lone pin wins for the Raiders against the Comets with Casey taking down West Liberty’s Lake Newton in 3:20 before Keating added a 2:29 fall over Austin Elizalde.
Wheeler came through with a hard-fought 7-4 decision over Joshua Mateo at 138 while Sigler added an 8-5 victory over Quintyn Rocha at 220.
Kirk added a forfeit win for the visitors.
The final bout of the evening saw Anamosa handed a 42-25 loss against Tipton with Aaron Casey (12-1), Alex Casey (6-5) and Wheeler (1:06) coming through with the lone wins on the mat while Kirk and Keating were handed forfeit triumphs.