Hosting its last meet of the season Tuesday night, Woodward-Granger left the mat with a 2-1 team record. The Hawks took down Nodaway Valley 56-21 followed by a 57-17 takedown of Martensdale-St Marys and a nail biting 42-39 loss to Greene County.
At the top of the team’s achievements, Cale Pritchett (170 pounds) was honored for his 100th career win following his dominating 20-5 technical fall win against Valley. He actually reached the milestone over the weekend but the team waited to formally recognize his achievement in front of a home crowd.
Head coach Dave Smeltzer chose to face off with Valley first for that very reason since it was the only match Pritchett was scheduled all night.
“I got fired up because there’s a home crowd and I was pretty pumped that I would get it tonight,” Pritchett said looking back at his dominating win.
Tyler Lawrenson (285) also made headlines Tuesday. After sitting out with an injury the whole season, the senior fell from the Class 2A rankings this past week. His matches lasted all of 38 and 48 seconds to make a case to climb back into the polls.
No. 1 Cody Fisher (225) — now W-G’s lone ranked wrestler — continued to make light work of his competition. He also won both his rounds along with a forfeit win.
Elsewhere, a pair of W-G’s finest squared off with two ranked athletes. Peyton Nixon (106) had the misfortune of facing Greene County’s McKinley Robbins who climbed from No. 6 to No. 3 in the latest polls. Tjaden Smeltzer (126) fell in the first period to Martensdale’s No. 2 Cole Cassady.
Lawrenson left with the first and third quickest times, right between his marks was Dustin Harney (160) with a 43 second win over Martensdale’s Grant Ballard with one swift takedown.
Harney, who won all three of his matches, also laid claim to the closest decision. Battling with Greene County’s Nathan Black tied through one period, Harney rebounded with a 3-0 second period to hold a final 5-4 advantage.
The Hawks go back to work on Thursday, Jan. 9 at Monroe to take on PCM and Saydel. The varsity team will head to Winterset on Saturday, Jan. 11 for the Gary Christensen Invite, while the JV squad will be in Ogden.