Woodward-Granger’s wrestling team may have finished with a 2-2 record at last Saturday’s duals but the prize had to have been taking down Class 2A No. 5 ranked Webster City.
At Webster City on Dec. 9, the Hawks edged out the host in a 40-39 match at the Dick Kennedy Duals.
In that match the Hawks recorded five pin fall wins, one technical fall, and one major decision which mimicked exactly what the host did.
At 39 all and after all the matches had finished, the tie breaking criteria was in effect. With both teams basically mirroring each other in finishes and points scored the deciding factor came from near-falls which gave the Hawks the one point victory.
Against the host W-G’s Hunter Pierce (106) got things started with a 16-6 major decision win over Reece Sadler.
Three matches later teammate Colt Palmer (132) recorded the Hawks’ first pinfall win when he subdued Brady Auderer a minute and 47 seconds into the match.
Following a Hawks’ loss Cole Carman’s (145) put the team back into the winning column with his 17-0 TF win over Daltyn Peck.
That win began a stretch of three straight pinfall victories. Austin Scharlau (152) defeated Harrison Hayes, Gabe Yingst (160) defeated Cade Felts, and Cale Pritchett (170) defeated Carter Bedford.
The Hawks final competitive win of the match came from Cody Fisher (195) who earned the a pinfall victory when he defeated Alex Wolfgram 47 seconds into the match.
It was a decisive victory over Pocahontas Area as the Hawks, thanks to six forfeits, defeated their opponents 57-24.
Three W-G wrestlers, Scharlau, Yingst, and Tyler Lawrenson (285) recorded pinfall wins and Pritchett earned a 3-0 decision.
In one of their two losses the Hawks posted 24 points, one pin fall, one forfeit, and four decision victories, to Clear Lakes’ 43 points.
The other loss a lopsided 70-4 contest against Southeast Polk saw just Fisher record four points on a major decision win over Gabe Christenson.
Up next the Hawks travel to Ballard for a triangular event this Thursday, Dec. 14, versus the host Bombers and fellow visitors the Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays.