Cards split action in wild Roosevelt double dual
DES MOINES — Taking to the road for the last time this season, the Newton wrestling team couldn't have earned a more satisfying victory.
The Cardinals not only recovered from a lopsided loss in their first dual, but they also earned coach Bill Reed a solid emotional victory over a former mentor in the second.
Indianola topped the Cards by a 44-21 final in the first of those two duals, but Newton came back with a wild 45-22 victory in front of a raucous crowd over host Des Moines Roosevelt and coach Jay Groth.
"This was a pretty important meet for both of us coaches seeing as how we coached together for four years," Reed said. "We still keep in contact and we're good friends, so whenever you have that type of matchup, you want to win. I know coach Groth stressed to them how bad I wanted to beat him and how bad he wanted to beat us."
The Indianola dual got off to a good start for Newton as junior Koby Hull (106 pounds) earned a 9-5 decision in overtime. Hull led 4-0 after the first period and trailed 5-4 after the second, but managed to tie things up in the third before scoring a takedown in the sudden victory period.
It was all Indianola for the next 10 weights after that, however, as the Indians jumped out to a commanding lead despite only recording three pins in those weights. Senior Tanner Hull (120 pounds) dropped a close 5-0 decision and Indianola’s RJ Kimbre earned a narrow 3-0 decision over Newton sophomore Dakota Dawson at 132.
“I think we definitely wrestled the tougher team in the first dual, but we didn’t lay down for them,” Reed said. “We only won four matches, but I think the guys wrestled hard and we didn’t really lose any matches we should’ve won. We just don’t match up with them very well.”
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