Comets go 3-0 at Oelwein wrestling meet
By John Burbridge
OELWEIN — For weekend wrestling meets, you should pack a breakfast as well as a lunch as they can take up a whole Saturday.
For weekday “double duals” or “quadruple duals” or whenever a wrestling team is due to battle in three separate duals in a night … don’t expect to make it home in time for dinner if you hadn’t had it already.
Yet the Charles City Comets made sure themselves as well as their fans made it back home from Oelwein on a school night by or around 10:30 p.m. as they were expediente in going 3-0 during Thursday’s “four-way dance” hosted by the Huskies.
One of the reasons why the night went so quick is because the Comets were the only team to fill all the varsity weight classes.
But even though they benefited from forfeits in wins over Oelwein (67-12), East Buchanan (59-21) and South Winneshiek (39-30), the Comets boasted an overwhelming winning record in bouts wrestled.
Comet 138-pounder Bronson Forsyth and 152-pounder Roush Jaeger each went 3-0 in Oelwein.
Forsyth pinned Oelwein’s Sojidin Guimamadov at the 3:47 mark to end the opening dual against Oelwein before recording technical falls in order against East Buchanan’s AJ Kremer (17-2, 5:15) and South Winn’s Chase Adams (19-4, 5:59).
Jaeger recorded a technical fall over Oelwein’s Austin Perry (19-4, 3:49), before pinning East Buchanan’s TJ Lau (3:11) and South Winn’s Sam Conway (1:20).
Returning state qualifier Alec Staudt was 2-0 with a pair of fall victories in the 138-pound class as he started varsity action for the Comets by pinning Oelwein’s Andrew Roete at the 1:13 mark and then stopping South Winn’s Shawn Israel in 2:28.
Senior 170-pounder Elliott Sinnwell also had a pair of impressive fall victories for the Comets in recording the fastest fall of the night against Oelwein’s Johnny Buehler (:24) and needing a little more than 90 seconds to dispatch South Winn’s Zach Taylor.
Charles City senior Jack Sindlinger, a state qualifier in 2018, went 2-0 in his pair of 195-pound bouts. First he had to survive a game effort from Oelwein’s Gage Voshell while edging him with a 9-8 decision. Later against South Winn’s Landon Garcia, Sindlinger was more dominant with a fall victory in 53 seconds.
Comet junior 182-pounder Caden Collins was 2-0 with a technical fall and a 7-0 decision.
Comet 106-pounder Jacob Vais, 113-pounder Gage Kilby and heavyweight Chase Crooks each earned fall victories, and 160-pounder Ethan Peterson had a technical-fall victory.
Charles City’s girls lineup, consisting of Elizabeth Oleson, Marissa Gallup, Kiki Connell, Emma Perez, Toni Maloy, Morgan Maloy, Lily Luft, Allie Cross and Kalysta Rodriguez, also had an impressive night as they won all but one of their bouts while wrestling junior varsity.