BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
IOWA CITY – The Bloodhounds knocked off 6th-ranked Iowa City West, and senior Emmett Kruse recorded a win over Norwalk’s 12th-ranked Trenton Harper, to highlight the Hounds’ 1-2 day at the Lepic Duals Saturday.
The Hounds knocked off West when Daniel Sokolik iced the match with a :47 pin over West’s Evan Anderson at 220 lbs. to seal the win 40-35.
But Fort Madison came up short against Pleasant Valley 47-30 and Norwalk 53-30 in its other two matches of the day.
Against Iowa City West, Logan Pennock scored a pin over Thomas Pierce at 120 lbs. followed by Emmett Kruse’s major decision over Gordey Gambrall, 9-0. The Hounds’ Henry Wiseman went up against Class 3A No. 10 Kyler Scranton suffering a pin at 3:42 at 132 and 4th-ranked Grant O’Dell scored a quick pin over Caleb Bolander at 1:03.
Aidan Pennock stopped the momentum with a quick 1:06 pin of Jack Clark at 145, but then No. 10 Gavin Wiseman ran up against arguably the best wrestler at 152 in the state in Hunter Garvin. Wiseman held up until the 3rd period where Garvin recorded a tech fall at 25-10.
Sophomore Teague Smith, who cracked the top 12 this week at 160, took on 5th-ranked Kael Scranton suffering a 9-2 decision. Jakob McGowan who cracked the top 11 at 182 this week, lost all three of his matches Saturday including a tough 11-10 decision to Justin Avila at 170.
Landon Rudd who’s having a nice second half of the season, scored a pin over Drake Davis at 4:38. Ike Thacher, who won all three of his matches on the day, pinned West’s Luke Ernst 48 seconds into the second period, before Sokolik wrapped it up with his pin at 220.
Against Pleasant Valley, the Hounds got wins from Logan Pennock, Gavin Wiseman, Smith, Thacher, and Sokolik. McGowan suffered an 8-1 decision to 11th-ranked Caden McDermott, and Aiden Pennock lost in the first round to 9th-ranked Jack Miller.
A tough Norwalk squad with five state-ranked wrestlers, including No. 2 Hunter Blomgren at 220, also held the Hounds to 30 points. Sokolik fought off Blomgren until the middle of the third round where the Hound eventually suffered a 17-2 tech fall.
Kruse got one of his biggest wins of the year when he scored a fall in the 3rd period over 12th-ranked Trenton Harper at 126. Aidan Pennock also scored a 3rd-period pin at 145. Gavin Wiseman and Smith added pins to get Fort Madison on the right track, but McGowan and Landon Rudd would both suffer pins, before Thacher scored a fall at :35 to round out the team scoring for the Hounds.
Complete results are below.
Norwalk (NORW) 53.0 Fort Madison (FOMA) 30.0
106: Tyler Harper (NORW) over Gavyn Siemens (FOMA) (Fall 0:23) 113: Aiden Moret (NORW) over Tateum Schelich (FOMA) (Fall 3:55) 120: Jacob McKenzie (NORW) over Logan Pennock (FOMA) (Fall 0:38) 126: Emmett Kruse (FOMA) over Trenton Harper (NORW) (Fall 5:07) 132: Donovan Card (NORW) over Henry Wiseman (FOMA) (Fall 3:51) 138: Brock Jensen (NORW) over Caleb Bolander (FOMA) (Fall 1:29) 145: Aidan Pennock (FOMA) over Tate Turner (NORW) (Fall 5:28) 152: Gavin Wiseman (FOMA) over Dominic Tigner (NORW) (Fall 1:18) 160: Teague Smith (FOMA) over Aiden Newman (NORW) (Fall 2:29) 170: Caden Nunez (NORW) over Jakob McGowan (FOMA) (Fall 3:40) 182: Grant Kimball (NORW) over Landon Rudd (FOMA) (Fall 2:00) 195: Isaac Thacher (FOMA) over Zakk Miller (NORW) (Fall 0:35) 220: Hunter Blomgren (NORW) over Daniel Sokolik (FOMA) (TF 17-2 4:33) 285: Kolton Borcherding-Johnson (NORW) over Cory Arnett (FOMA) (Fall 3:49)
Pleasant Valley (PLVA) 47.0 Fort Madison (FOMA) 30.0
113: Michael Bender (PLVA) over Tateum Schelich (FOMA) (Fall 1:05) 120: Logan Pennock (FOMA) over Caden Ervin (PLVA) (Inj. [time]) 126: Duncan Harn (PLVA) over Emmett Kruse (FOMA) (Fall 0:55) 132: Holden Willett (PLVA) over Henry Wiseman (FOMA) (Fall 5:22) 138: Andrew Miller (PLVA) over Caleb Bolander (FOMA) (Dec 11-8) 145: Jack Miller (PLVA) over Aidan Pennock (FOMA) (Fall 1:33) 152: Gavin Wiseman (FOMA) over Abe Swanson (PLVA) (Fall 2:00) 160: Teague Smith (FOMA) over Samuel Jones (PLVA) (Fall 1:07) 170: Caden McDermott (PLVA) over Jakob McGowan (FOMA) (Dec 8-1) 182: Rusty VanWetzinga (PLVA) over Landon Rudd (FOMA) (Fall 3:32) 195: Isaac Thacher (FOMA) over Yousef Younis (PLVA) (Fall 2:34) 220: Daniel Sokolik (FOMA) over (PLVA) (For.) 285: Joseph VanWetzinga (PLVA) over Cory Arnett (FOMA) (Fall 5:44) 106: Carter Siebel (PLVA) over Gavyn Siemens (FOMA) (TF 19-4 4:50)
Fort Madison (FOMA) 40.0 Iowa City, West (ICW) 35.0
106: Gavyn Siemens (FOMA) over (ICW) (For.) 113: Braden Doyle (ICW) over Tateum Schelich (FOMA) (Fall 1:52) 120: Logan Pennock (FOMA) over Thomas Pierce (ICW) (Fall 1:50) 126: Emmett Kruse (FOMA) over Gordey Gambrall (ICW) (MD 9-0) 132: Kyler Scranton (ICW) over Henry Wiseman (FOMA) (Fall 3:42) 138: Grant O`Dell (ICW) over Caleb Bolander (FOMA) (Fall 1:03) 145: Aidan Pennock (FOMA) over Jack Clark (ICW) (Fall 1:02) 152: Hunter Garvin (ICW) over Gavin Wiseman (FOMA) (TF 25-10 6:00) 160: Kael Scranton (ICW) over Teague Smith (FOMA) (Dec 9-2) 170: Justin Avila (ICW) over Jakob McGowan (FOMA) (Dec 11-10) 182: Landon Rudd (FOMA) over Drake Davis (ICW) (Fall 4:38) 195: Isaac Thacher (FOMA) over Luke Ernst (ICW) (Fall 2:48) 220: Daniel Sokolik (FOMA) over Evan Anderson (ICW) (Fall 0:47) 285: Brett Pelfrey (ICW) over Cory Arnett (FOMA) (Fall 1:12)