Duncan Delzell

Duncan Delzell shared the 141-pound crown with teammate Brock Beck Saturday

DECATUR, Ill. — The Central College wrestling team had co-champions at 141 pounds and a title winner at 184 pounds Saturday at the Millikin Open.

Across the roster, 13 Central wrestlers earned top-eight finishes. No team scores were kept at the meet and most of Central’s projected starting lineup did not make the trip.

“Overall, we got better since last week,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “We need to continue on that path. We showed nore toughness this week which was what we needed.”

Sophomores Brock Beck (Grinnell) and Duncan Delzell (Burlington) made undefeated runs through the 141-pound bracket, before sharing the title after both advanced to the championship match. Beck was 3-0 with three falls and Delzell went 2-0 with a fall in his first match and a 3-2 win in the semifinals.

“They really push each other and make each other better,” Van Kley said. “Seeing how each of them competed today, I think they fed off each other. That’s the competition we want.”

Junior Peyton Hammerich (184 pounds, Princeton, Ill.) took home an individual title at 184 ponds after completing a 4-0 day. He punctuated his day with a second-period fall in the title match.

“I’m unbelievably proud of him,” Van Kley said. “He worked tremendously hard in the offseason. He’s determined to get better every week.”

Gage Linahon (sophomore, Newton) advanced to the 197-pound title match, before settling for second place and going 2-1 on the day. Dawson Husted (sophomore, 133 pounds, Zillah, Wash), Colby Tool (freshman, 157 pounds, Reasnor, PCM HS) and Landon Kirby (freshman, 174 pounds, Grinnell) added fourth-place finishes for the Dutch.

Eric Santana (senior, Palm Desert, Calif.) was fifth at 141 pounds, securing a 3-2 mark. Austin Roos (freshman, Atkins, Benton HS) was 2-2 in the 184-pound bracket to finish fifth, with a loss to teammate Hammerich in the semifinals.

“Eric did a great job,” Van Kley said. “He was a little banged up and really competed hard. Austin really battled and got a hard-fought win in his last match.”

Central hosts Coe in the first dual of the season for both teams on Thursday at 7 p.m. inside P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

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