Prep Wrestling: No. 1 West Delaware Rolls Independence

By K.J. Pilcher, Reporter

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MANCHESTER, Iowa – Top-ranked West Delaware set the tone early.

Top-ranked heavyweight Dean Broghammer and No. 1 Patrick Woods scored a fall and technical fall in the final seconds of their respective matches, opening the Hawks 47-11 victory Thursday night over Wamac rival Independence at West Delaware.

West Delaware (24-0) won 10 matches, including bonus points at six weights. Sam Phillips (120), 152-pounder Jake Voss and Jacyn Goebel (195) all had pins for the Hawks, who have a 37-14 all-time advantage over the Mustangs.

West Delaware didn’t allow any extra points in Independence’s four wins.

“That’s something we emphasized the last month,” West Delaware Coach Jeff Voss said. “Not giving up bonus points is as important as getting them in some cases.”

Zach Less (113) and Connor Wickman (132) won by decision, giving the Hawks a 23-3 lead near the midway point. West Delaware’s Brent Lammers (160) and T.J. Oleson (170) added two-point wins. Top-ranked 220-pound senior Adam Reth closed the meet with a forfeit.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Voss said. “It provided a night that our seniors will always remember.”

Independence received wins from eighth-ranked Caleb Studebaker (126), John Morkel (138) and fourth-ranked Kyle Fank at 170.

The Mustangs’ No. 2 Chase Straw posted the biggest win of the night, beating No. 4 Zach Muller, 7-2. Straw scored three takedowns to capture the win in the only bout with two ranked wrestlers.

Both teams will compete in the Wamac Conference tournament Saturday at Marion, starting at 10 a.m.

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