Doane’s wrestling team secured their first win of the season with a 33-15 victory over Dakota Wesleyan on January 17th. The dual consisted of eight matches, with Doane winning five of them by forfeit due to the Wesleyans lack of wrestlers in required weight classes.
Wesleyan was open in the 125, 141, 149, 184, 197, and 285 weight classes, while Doane was open in 125 and 133.
Sophomore Jacob Williams gave Doane their only win of the night with a 4-2 decision victory. Williams gained a takedown, and two near-fall points in the second period, after a scoreless first period from both teams. The opposition gained two escapes both in the second and third period.
“My positioning and throws give me an advantage on my competition,” Williams said. “Right now i'm just waiting on people to come into me, which is working out, but I need to be able to advance on them if they are sitting back.”
At the 157 weight class, Freshman Kalen Roth, came up short and was defeated by a pin in 2:35. Freshman, Garrett Cornwell was also defeated in his weight class by a 13-10 point decision.
Cornwall started off the match strong by gaining a one point advantage over his opponent in the first period. However, his competition managed to tie it up in the second period. In the third period, Wesleyan earned a four point near fall to secure the victory.
“I'm just a freshman, and have a lot to improve on technique,” Cornwell said. “College wrestling is different than high school and I’m trying to get used to it.
Cornwell says wrestling in college is more demanding both physically and mentally. In addition, getting extra workouts in and working close to the coach helps him to stay in top shape to compete.
Head coach Matt Hansen said that the day of a dual, the team takes part in a pre-competition practice early in the morning to get themselves ready for the matches. The practice emphasises on situations that the team might face, and how to properly deal with them.
“We’ve got some tough competition,” Hansen said. “We’re gonna go out and perform to the best of our abilities, and the outcome will be the outcome.”
The tigers will head to Seward, NE on January 26th, where they will take on Jamestown, Briar Cliff, Concordia, and Hastings in GPAC duals.