FAIRFIELD – The Fort Madison Bloodhounds continue taking steps toward rebuilding as a Thursday tussle with Fairfield came down to the final match of the night.
In dual Southeast Conference wrestling action at Fairfield, the Bloodhounds were tied 31-31 going into a final match pitting Michael Fritz of Fairfield vs. Danen Settles. Fritz came away with an 11-3 major decision and the Trojans escaped with a 35-31 win.
Fairfield started the match with two straight wins at 220 and 285 and were up 9-0 before Elton Kruse got the Hounds going with 3 points on an 8-6 win over Jonah Cooper. After a forfeit at 113, the Steffensmeiers helped FMHS to three of four wins highlighted by Class 3a 3rd ranked Harlan Steffensmeier’s pin over Derek Beasley in the 138 lb. match at the 1:10 mark. Ryan Steffensmeier also recorded a pin at 120 lbs. at the 1:37 mark. Dalton Woolever recorded a 5-3 win at 145. At that point in the match the Hounds held a 27-13 lead.
But Fairfield won the next three matches at 152, 160 and 170 before Diego Lozano put the Hounds in a tie with only the Fritz/Settles match remaining.
The Hounds travel to Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Saturday for the J-Hawk Invitational, which includes Fort Dodge and could offer up a potential matchup between Harlan Steffensmeier and Class 3A’s top-ranked Triston Lara.
The complete box score is below:
Fairfield (FAIR) 35.00 Fort Madison (FOMA) 31.00
220: Trenton Hanen (FAIR) over Alex Lauber (FOMA) (Fall 1:50) 285: Brendon Lunsford (FAIR) over Heath Hoenig (FOMA) (Dec 2-0) 106: Elton Kruse (FOMA) over Jonah Cooper (FAIR) (SV-1 8-6) 113: Reuben Eid (FOMA) over (FAIR) (For.) 120: Ryan Steffensmeier (FOMA) over Gannon Courtright (FAIR) (Fall 1:37) 126: Dallas Peebler (FAIR) over Skylar Schau (FOMA) (MD 9-0) 132: Aaron Steffensmeier (FOMA) over Zach Barnes (FAIR) (Dec 7-4) 138: Harlan Steffensmeier (FOMA) over Derek Beasley (FAIR) (Fall 1:10) 145: Dalton Woolever (FOMA) over Noah Stone (FAIR) (SV-1 5-3) 152: Charles Heisel (FAIR) over Jarrett Settles (FOMA) (Fall 1:19) 160: Bailey Jones (FAIR) over (FOMA) (For.) 170: Simon Spalla (FAIR) over (FOMA) (For.) 182: Diego Lozano (FOMA) over Josh Kessel (FAIR) (MD 12-0) 195: Michael Fritz (FAIR) over Danen Settles (FOMA) (MD 11-3)