Denver wrestlers upend AGWSR 64-18
By Sean Kiefer
Images provided By The Scrappy Trib

It’s nearing the end of the regular season for Denver, and so far they have had a lot of growth this season.

The Cyclones have floated around the #5 and #6 spot in the 1A Dual Team rankings throughout the season and have had several wrestlers ranked within the top 10 in their respective weight divisions.

The new ladies program has also seen development with appearances at major tournaments, including the Battle of Waterloo, Keith Young Invitational, and many others. Overall, this meet was one of the last few before postseason wrestling begins.

On the night of January 16, there were middle school matches with other various schools in attendance, but for high school, it was strictly Denver against AGWSR and Jesup. The Cyclones received a first-round bye as Jesup and AGWSR battled it out before the Cyclones took the stage.

Once they did, Brooks Meyer in the 120-pound weight class opened things for the Cyclones. His match was a long, hardfought one, one that lasted all 3 periods and had him coming out victorious with a major decision of 10-1 and bumping the Cyclones up to an early 4-0 lead.
Jacob Moore and Isaac Schimmels would keep things rolling for Denver in the 126 and 132 weight classes, respectively, with each recording a quick pin over their opponent and boosting the score up to 16-0 in Denver’s favor.

Gabe Lewis and Brody Shover both received points from forfeits in their matches in the 138 and 145 weight classes, boosting the Cyclones up to 28-0. The 152 and 160 matchups were made quick with Ben Foelske and John Ebaugh quickly pinning their opponents to make the score 40-0 for Denver. Brennen Graber would also earn a pin in the 170 weight class and boost the score up to 46-0.

New wrestler Nathan Eggena represented the 182 weight class for the Cyclones, however, he was pinned within the first period and gave AGWSR their first points of the night at 46-6.
Trevor Dorn would follow that with a pin in the 195 weight class and Luke Koepke would receive a forfeit in the 220 weight class, making Denver up 58-6 heading into the final stretch.
The Cyclones would lose their next 2 matches, however. Valiant efforts were given by both Henry Wiebbecke and Rhett Bonnette in their respective 285 and 106 weight divisions.
In the end, Denver defeated the Cougars of AGWSR 64-18.

Against Jesup, the Cyclones won 74-2. Isaac Schimmels scored a :41 second pin. Other pins were scored by Jacob Moore (:58), Ben Foelske (:49), John Ebaugh (3:38), Brennen Graber (1:58), and Brooks Meyer (1:01). Rhett Bonnette scored with a technical fall at 3:48 and a score of 20-4. Joe Ebaugh also tallied some Cyclone points with a decision of 5-0.

With the end of the regular season nearing, Cyclone varsity wrestling Coach Jared Pickett reflected on the growth his team had made and is looking ahead into the postseason. “We’re making small steps with changing our culture in the program. I’m starting to see students be more accountable for each other and with anything the kids are out and engaged, learning and experiencing new things.”

On a postseason look, Pickett adds, “Things are coming up fast, since after our Denver Duels next week it will go conference, sectionals, district, then state wrestling. For us, it comes down to performance, and we have many wrestlers who don’t want to just make it, but wrestlers who want to be wrestling for that state title on that Saturday.”
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