Wrestling: Scouts kings of David City
No.3 David City and No. 5 Aquinas were two heavyweights trading blows on Jan. 11 in the Butler County duals.
Through 11 matches, David City had won six and Aquinas had won five with no major upsets and swing matches going just about even. The Scouts led 27-22 with the heavyweights on deck.
The heavyweight match feature David City’s Jake Ingwersen and Aquinas’ No. 5 Owen Schramm. While Ingwersen had put together a solid year thus far, the Monarchs had to feel confident with their ranked wrestler.
A pin by No. 5 Schramm would hand the Monarchs the lead with two matches to go.
The big boys pushed each other back and forth in the first period with neither wrestler willing to give an inch.
No. 5 Schramm chose to start the second period on bottom, which proved to be a wise decision as he easily hit a standup to score one escape point.
However, it was Ingwersen who landed the first big blow of the match, securing a takedown in the second period and scoring two nearfall points to take a 4-1 lead.
No. 5 Schramm escaped at the end of the second to gain one point back.
Ingwersen chose to start the second period in the neutral position. The final two minutes seemed destined to mirror that of the first two, but that all changed when No. 5 Schramm went for a throw.
Ingwersen stunned the gym, countering the throw, sticking No. 5 Schramm on his back to get the pinfall with a minute left in the match.
“He basically just tried to throw me,” Ingwersen said after the match. “I saw it coming so I just sat back and he fell right on his back and it was over.”
The pinfall victory all but secured the win for the Scouts who took an 11-point lead with only two matches to go.
“It was amazing,” Ingwersen said on the feeling of getting the pin. “I don’t know. There’s nothing like it ... It feels greats. This is one of the things we take pretty serious here. To beat a rival school means a lot.”
At 106, David City’s Zach Bongers avoided the pin from Aquinas’ Ethan Schmid, officially sealing a Scout win.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys tonight,” said David City head coach Tahner Thiem. “Basically it came down to a lot of our guys giving the extra effort to get big wins and get the bonus points or to not get pinned.”
David City has been victorious over Aquinas in the past eight duals, but Thiem said this is the best Aquinas team he has seen in those eight years.
The first match of the evening saw No. 6 Noah Scott of Aquinas pick up the second period pinfall at 120.
David City then won the next five matches in a row.
At 126, No. 5 Clayton Harris got the 8-1 decision victory, No. 4 Jacson Valentine won 12-7 at 132 and Zach Barlean won 8-6 at 138.
No. 1 Justin White then added another pin to his record getting the victory inside the first minute of the match at 145.
“I was in on his legs, and I came out with my head up,” White said. “I had one of his legs and his knee was by his head, so I just cradled him up.”
At 152, No. 1 Noah Styskal also got the pin for David City defeating his opponent in the second round.
“If a coach tells me we need a pin I do it,” Styskal said. “I get the best thing all the time. That’s just what I’m working for.”
No. 3 Dylan Vodicka continued the streak for the Scouts getting another first-period pinfall at 160.
Aquinas’ Ben Kment finally broke the streak at 170, earning the 6-3 victory after hitting two reversals.
In the only match between ranked wrestlers, No. 1 Joseph Reimers of Aquinas pinned No. 4 Spencer Allen in the third period at 182. Reimers scored 10 takedowns during the match before getting the pin.
“Definitely a good opponent and a good quality team,” Reimers said. “It’s always a good dual between Aquinas and David City.”
Monarch Nolan Schultz won 4-0 at 195 in the next match and Tad Naiberk got the 9-1 major decision for Aquinas at 220, setting up the Ingwersen pin and the upset in the next match.
No. 6 (106) Hunter Vandenburg got the pinfall in the second period at 113 in the final match of the night.
“It was good competition,” said Aquinas head coach Roy Emroy. “They never quit. We left a few points out there, but the effort was great.”
Peter Huguenin is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net