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Two from L-S take fourth place among bigger schools (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 14, 2017, 7:41 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Two from L-S take fourth place among bigger schools

They may have been the smallest team at Saydel, but the Lynnville-Sully wrestling team still fought hard on the mat at Saydel last Saturday, Dec. 9. This is the fourth year the Hawks have attended this meet. L-S is always the smallest team at the meet due to multiple 2A and 3A teams in attendance.

The Hawks who placed the highest overall were seniors Cayden Johnson and Carson Dunsbergen, both placing fourth.

Dunsbergen, at 152 pounds, received a bye in the first round. In the quarterfinals, he wrestled Cody Hall of Bondurant and won by technical fall, beating him 19-4. After suffering an injury in the semifinals, Dunsbergen forfeited his next two matches to place fourth.

“Overall, it was a pretty good day for the team. You cannot expect much from a team that only brings four wrestlers to a meet. Getting injured in a match that I was leading was kind of frustrating, but I will have to just come back stronger,” said Dunsbergen.

At 160 pounds, Johnson also received a first-round bye and won his quarterfinal match, 16-9, over Braydon Arnote of Marshalltown. Johnson then lost his next two matches to place fourth overall.

Junior Ben Van Wyk, at 113 pounds, had a first-round bye and got pinned in the quarterfinals by Colby Lillegard of Bondurant in 1:47. Van Wyk then went on to pin Jackson Kobe of Iowa-Falls Alden in 44 seconds and Skyler Walters of Boone in 27 seconds to get himself into the fifth-place match. Van Wyk then fell to Ryan Davidson of North Polk to place sixth.

Senior Carson Dunsbergen is pictured in fourth place (second from left) at Saydel on Saturday. He wrestled at 152 pounds and suffered an injury in the semifinals.

The fourth wrestler for the Hawks was freshman CJ Snethen at 120 pounds. Snethen had a first-round bye and lost his quarterfinal match, 8-6, against Nico Garcia of Saydel. Snethen won his consolation match over Jace Schultz of Boone by pinning him in 1:05. He then lost to Kanon Ekstam of Bondurant, and that was has his final match of the day.

The Hawk wrestling team planned to head on the road to Sigourney on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to compete in duals against Sigourney, Southeast Warren, and WACO. L-S will then host a home tournament this Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 p.m. with Cardinal, Centerville, Colfax-Mingo, Knoxville, and North Mahaska coming to Sully. Come on out and cheer on the Hawks!


Hawks only wrestle two matches at Collins-Maxwell, win dual 27-12

The Lynnville-Sully varsity wrestling team headed to Collins-Maxwell on Thursday, Dec. 7, to face the Spartans. The Hawks came out victorious, 27-12.

Due to Collins-Maxwell and Baxter splitting up last year, this was the Spartans’ first home wrestling meet. The Hawks usually do not have a meet this week, but the Spartans invited them to come in hopes of getting more teams to attend in the future.

Before the wrestlers made their trip to Maxwell, they knew the Spartans only had five wrestlers able to compete who would match up weight-wise with L-S. When the Hawks arrived, they found out the Spartans had two wrestlers who were ineligible and one wrestler who got hurt in warm-ups. This left the Spartans with only two wrestlers who would compete against the Hawks, plus two wrestlers who would receive forfeits at 195 and 106.

Senior Josh Dunsbergen claimed a victory at 138 pounds against Caleb Fullerton in a close 5-3 match after three hard-fought periods. The other Hawk who won was junior Ben Van Wyk at 113 pounds. Van Wyk beat Jacob Pierick by pinning him in 1:59.

“It was a little frustrating not being able to wrestle all the matches that we were planning on wrestling, but that’s how it goes. I was proud of the way Josh and Ben wrestled, and the whole team is showing lots of improvement as well,” said L-S Head Coach Jason Walston.

Seniors Carson Dunsbergen (152), Cayden Johnson (160), and freshman CJ Snethen (120) all received forfeit wins for the Hawks.

“It was kind of disappointing not being able to wrestle,” Johnson said. “I was planning on having a match until they had introductions and the kid I was supposed to wrestle did not come out to shake my hand because he got hurt in warm-ups. I was glad that some people got to have a match though.”