by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s wrestling team resumed competition at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Jan. 3 and continued to make progress, said Head Coach Dustin Meinen.
The Westerners lost to Sioux Center, 45-33, and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen Union, 48-27, in dual meets.
“I’m pretty happy with how we wrestled. I saw a lot of good things, and we continue to get better. Our conditioning was good coming out of Christmas break,” said Meinen.
Senior Chet Willer started and ended the meets with wins for A-W at 195 pounds. Willer won by a pin against Sioux Center’s Jacob Pottebaum. He also posted a 12-5 decision against Jacob Letsche of MMC.
Sophomore Michael Siebens of A-W won on a last-second move for a 2-1 victory against Ty Steenhoven of Sioux Center.
Tommy Toben closed a Sioux Center lead to 18-15 with a win by pin at 120 pounds against Cristian Lopez.
After two forfeit wins by Sioux Center, A-W senior Daniel Dirks won by pin against Sawyer Van Maanen at 138 pounds, the first of two wins by Dirks on Thursday.
Dylan Blinde gained the first of his two wins at 145 pounds with a win by pin against Austin Van Holland, trimming the Warriors’ lead to 30-27.
Cole Oltmanns lost a close match at 152 pounds to Dylon Van’t Hof but Jacob Bergman won over Ko Kieft by fall for a 33-33 tie.
Due to A-W forfeits at 170 and 182 pounds, the Warriors won the match.
Host team MMC-Remsen Union was next up for the Westerners.
Starting at 220 pounds, the Westerners lost four straight matches for an 18-0 deficit.
Toben gained a 2-0 record for the night with a win by fall against Ben McDaniel at 113 pounds.
Dirks beat Mark Peters in a fall at 138 pounds for a 2-0 record.
Blinde won by fall at 145 pounds against Jeremy Loutsch, bringing A-W to within a 30-18 deficit.
Oltmanns gained a 3-2 win at 152 pounds against Connor Holmes for a 30-21 MMC-RU lead.
Bergman lost by fall at 160 pounds to Dylan Rolfes and two more forfeit losses led to a 48-21 MMC-RU lead.
Willer then finished the night off with a win by decision, 12-5, over Letsche.
Willer won two matches on the mat but it was a draw when he took a tumble off the stage a drop of less than a couple of feet. The Gatorade took the brunt of the fall and made some work for the Eagles’ janitors’ staff.
MMC-RU presented a spotlight introduction of the teams. MMC-RU beat Sioux Center in the other match.
A-W was expecting some tough competition as well at the Alta-Aurelia tournament on Jan. 5.
A-W is at the Rock Valley Invite on Jan. 12; at West Sioux with Alcester-Hudson, S.D., on Jan. 15; at Battle Creek-Odebolt-Arthur-Ida Grove Jan. 18 – 19; at Lawton-Bronson with Hinton and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Jan. 25 and at Kingsley-Pierson on Jan. 26.