Wrestlers go 2-0 in opening dual of 2022
By Micah Knebel

The Denver JV girls’ wrestlers ushered in 2022 in Anamosa. On Jan. 3, Ana Matthias and Chloe Bloker competed at an event that featured more than 40 teams. While neither athlete was able to win in their matches, the tournament allowed them to go head-to-head against athletes from Cedar Falls, Bettendorf, Waukee, Sumner-Fredericksburg, and Iowa Valley.

Varsity Boys Dual

The varsity boys’ first meet in 2022 was against AGWSR and BCLUW. Denver came out on top in both competitions. They scored a 45-27 victory over AGWSR by scoring six pins and a decision. Pins were scored by Gavin McLaughlin (:32), Gianni Gleason (1:22), Corbin Hill (2:42), Cooper South (1:59), Rhett Bonnette (1:53), and Joe Ebaugh (4:51). Beau Bonnette scored a 11-7 decision.

Denver went 46-27 against BCLUW-SH. Pins were scored by David Warrior (3:41), Ethan Krabbenhoft (3:51), Cooper South (4:00), and Ebaugh (:27). Beau Bonnette scored on a major decision (14-4). Decisions were scored by Vincent McLaughlin (9-6) and Gleason (9-4).

At Tripoli

Joe Ebaugh took first in his weight class as part of the Tripoli varsity tournament on Jan. 8. He advanced from the opening round with a bye and went on the score a :16 pin over Sumner-Fredericksburg’s Kaden Meyer in the quarterfinal. He won his semifinal with a :48 pin of Lisbon’s Tiernan Boots. He took the championship with after scoring a 10-8 decision over South Winneshiek’s Ethan Maldonado.

Cooper South finished fourth at the event. Gavin McLauglin and Cade Bonnette finished fifth, and Gianni Gleason and Beau Bonnette finished sixth. The team finished eighth out of 11 teams overall.

The JV finished third out of 12 teams at Tripoli. David Warrior, Xander Peterson, and Corbin Hill each took first in their competitions. Vincent McLaughlin scored second. Cale Lyons, Braven Beaumont, and Joe Smeltser finished third.
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