SOUTH WAYNE – It was youth vs. youth when Darlington/Black Hawk hosted Lancaster in a non-conference dual meet at Black Hawk High School on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and the WarBirds’ youth got the better of the young Flying Arrows rolling to a 56-21 decision.
The WarBirds (2-2 overall) won nine of the 12 contested weight classes and registered seven falls in the match to defeat the Flying Arrows for the first time since 1987.
“We do not dual them every year, but we had not beaten them in the last six attempts. It was also the biggest margin of victory we have ever had against them,” said co-head coach Tom Donar.
“I know Lancaster was a young team but so are we. Last night, 10 of our 13 wrestlers were freshmen or sophomores. I had the final score being a lot closer than that, but obviously we wrestled well and got some pins where I didn’t even expect a win. The freshmen are learning quickly and not making mistakes they were making a couple of weeks ago.”
Lancaster also had 10 of their 13 wrestlers either freshmen or sophomores with more than half of their starting line-up consisting of freshmen.
Senior Caleb Novak started the night off with a 3:54 pin of Gabe Hudson at 145-pounds and sophomore Lance Ubersox followed with a 1:01 pin of Owen Wolf at 152 to put the hosts ahead to stay at 12-0.
Lancaster senior Dustin Reynolds got the guests on the board with a pin of sophomore Curtis Blosch in 1:20 at 160, but the Warbirds followed with three consecutive pins and a technical fall decision to open up a 35-6 advantage.
Sophomore Tyler Mosley pinned Cole Zenz in 1:11 at 170, senior Conrad Blosch stuck Jacob Ihm in :21 at 182 and sophomore Brody Milz pinned Troy Klein in 1:03 at 195 to get the co-op rolling, while freshmen Cody Nielsen scored a 19-4 tech. fall over Theron Schindler in 5:36 of the 220 match to seal the victory for the hosts.
“Tyler picked up a big pin since he has yet to wrestle 10 matches in his entire career, and Brody also had a big pin at 195 for us,” Donar stated.
Lancaster sophomore Tyler Hale outlasted junior Jacob Tuescher, 4-2, in a hard-fought 285 match and freshman Caleb Lucey earned a forfeit win at 106 to trim the gap to 35-15 with five matches to go, but with freshman Connor Novak set to receive a forfeit win at 132, the Arrows had no chance to rally for a win.
Freshman Hunter Bredeson got the WarBirds back on track with a 1:39 pin of Dylan Tydrich at 113. Sophomore Paul King followed with a 12-7 decision over Collin Lull at 120, freshman Kolbe Ubersox pinned Jordan Wolf in 1:45 at 126 and Co. Novak’s forfeit at 132 extended the lead to 56-15.
“Winning the coin flip was important, so we would get the match ups we wanted at 126. By the time 126 rolled around, we already had the dual meet won though,” noted Donar.
The Arrows capped the night with senior Owen Austin pinning sophomore Grady Rielly in 4:57.
The grapplers are off until Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, when they travel to Mineral Point for a SWAL dual with the Pointers.
DARLINGTON/BLACK HAWK 56
Individual Results: 145-pounds - Caleb Novak, D/BH, pinned Hudson, 3:54; 152- Lance Ubersox, D/BH, pinned O. Wolf, 1:01; 160- Reynolds pinned Curtis Blosch, D/BH, 1:20; 170- Tyler Mosley, D/BH, pinned Zenz, 1:11; 182- Conrad Blosch, D/BH, pinned Ihm, :21; 195- Brody Milz, D/BH, pinned Klein, 1:03; 220- Cody Nielsen, D/BH, tech fall Schindler, 19-4; 285- Hale dec. Jacob Tuescher, D/BH, 4-2; 106- Lucey, L, won by forfeit; 113- Hunter Bredeson, D/BH, pinned Tydrich, 1:39; 120- Paul King, D/BH, dec. Lull, 12-7; 126- Kolbe Ubersox, D/BH, pinned J. Wolf, 1:45; 132- Connor Novak, D/BH, won by forfeit; 138- Austin pinned Grady Rielly, D/BH, 4:57.
At South Wayne, on Tues, Dec. 22