BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Bloodhounds like to dual.
The Fort Madison wrestlers are 12-1 on the year in dual meets, the only loss coming in the early part of the year at a Missouri dual invitational. They are 4-0 in conference matchups with one remaining at Burlington for the Southeast Conference championship.
Thursday was no exception as the Bloodhounds rolled Keokuk 52-22 in the Hound Dome.
The key matchup of the night was at 126 lbs that started things off when 2020 state qualifier Owen Kruse went up against Class 2A’s No. 7 Tate O’Shea.
O’Shea set the tone early with a takedown for a 2-0 lead just 12 seconds into the match. Kruse would escape for a point, but at the halfway point of the first O’Shea would get him to the mat again for a 4-1 lead after one.
O”Shea would get Kruse down again at 1:47 of the second, but no other points would be scored as the two wrestled through the second.
Kruse couldn’t get anything going against the Chief in the 3rd. Shea scored a takedown and a nearfall for 11-1 lead, but Kruse fought off the pin suffering a 10-1 decision.
“That was their best kid. He’s 26-1,” Smith said. “He’s a good kid and sometimes you gotta give the other guy credit. But Owen’s there… it was a tough opponent. Owen’s OK.”
Keokuk’s Alejandro Morales then scored a pin over the Bloodhound’s Brock Califf for a quick 10-0 lead. But the Hounds had seen enough at that point.
Class 3A No. 10 Gavin Wiseman had the advantage with Xavier Johnson at 138 for most of the first and second periods building a 12-2 lead before getting the Chief’s shoulders to the mat a minute into the 2nd to cut Keokuk’s lead to 10-6.
Will Larson stepped in with Keokuk’s Levi Boudewyn at 138 and had the upper hand most of the time, despite Boudewyn having the lower toe.
Boudewyn didn’t let go of Larson’s foot for most of the match, so Larson took what he was given and rolled around for most of the match scoring a takedown and a reversal in the final period for a 13-2 major decision to make it 10-10.
“I want him to score more points, but at the same time, you gotta get the win first and try to find a pin along the way. Overall, he played it safe and got the job done,” Smith said.
Teague Smith would get a win on a forfeit at 152 and then Mason Schau worked a pin at 160 lbs in one of his most efficient matches of the year, pushing the Hounds to a 22-10 lead.
Schau said he’s been battling a physical issue with a nerve, but said he’s thinks he’s wrestling well and ready for districts in three weeks at Iowa City West.
“At this point I think I’m doing pretty well, I have to heal up a bit,” he said.
“I definitely have some room to improve, but I’m ready for districts. I’m ready for it to be now.”
Smith said Schau looked good in his win.
“He wrestled smart and stayed on the attack. I think he was pretty determined tonight”
Brandt Booten got a rare dual varsity start at 170 filling in for Ike Thacher and made the most of the night. Booten patiently waited in an uneventful match until the third period and then seized the moment shooting in a grabbing the leg of Zack Glasscock, and sealing the deal with a takedown on the way to 4-0 win to put the Hounds up 26-10.
Austin Ensminger would work a pin at 182, Levi Lowney would win by forfeit and then Daniel Sokolik would score a fall at 220 lbs over Aydan O’Connor for a commanding 43-10 lead.
“I have confidence in him getting the job done,” Smith said. “It’s sometimes a matter of them getting confidence in themselves, and that was a good chance for him to see he could do it.”
Jorday Salyers would grab up the Hounds’ Nathan Leasch at 285 in the first period and pull him down for a pin at about the halfway mark to give Keokuk six more
At 106 Henry Wiseman would score at tight 4-0 decision over Rylee Moore, Emmett Kruse won by forfeit at 113 for the Hounds’ 52 points. Keokuk’s Nolan Riddle would score a pin over Matthew Steffensmeier at 120.
Complete results are below:
Fort Madison (FOMA) 52.0 Keokuk (KEOK) 22.0
126: Tate O`Shea (KEOK) over Owen Kruse (FOMA) (MD 11-1) 132: Alejandro Morales (KEOK) over Brock Califf (FOMA) (Fall 3:55) 138: Gavin Wiseman (FOMA) over Xavier Johnson (KEOK) (Fall 4:00) 145: Will Larson (FOMA) over Levi Boudewyn (KEOK) (MD 13-2) 152: Teague Smith (FOMA) over (KEOK) (For.) 160: Mason Schau (FOMA) over Dakota Haage (KEOK) (Fall 0:47) 170: Brandt Booten (FOMA) over Zack Glasscock (KEOK) (Dec 4-0) 182: Austin Ensminger (FOMA) over Kaleb Spurgeon (KEOK) (Fall 3:17) 195: Levi Lowney (FOMA) over (KEOK) (For.) 220: Daniel Sokolik (FOMA) over Aydan O`Connor (KEOK) (Fall 0:38) 285: Jordan Salyers (KEOK) over Nathan Leasch (FOMA) (Fall 0:58) 106: Henry Wiseman (FOMA) over Rylee Moore (KEOK) (Dec 4-0) 113: Emmett Kruse (FOMA) over (KEOK) (For.) 120: Nolan Riddle (KEOK) over Matthew Steffensmeier (FOMA) (Fall 4:17)