Colby Tool

Colby Tool won twice for Central Saturday

PELLA — After winning its opener at the American Rivers Conference duals Saturday 44-3 against Buena Vista University, the Central College wrestling team dropped a pair of matches against ranked opponents.

Central (5-4, 3-3 conference) was edged 25-23 by No. 23 University of Dubuque (4-5, 2-1 conference) and swept 44-0 by No. 3 Wartburg College (11-1, 6-0 conference).

“We’re learning as a team,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “I’m proud of our effort and our fight. There are just some critical moments that decide matches and duals we’ve just got to do better in those moments. That starts with us as coaches of doing a better job of coaching and explaining it.”

Rob Areyano (fifth year, 149 pounds, Selma, Calif.) and Colby Tool (sophomore, 165 pounds, Reasnor, PCM HS) each won a pair of matches for the Dutch. Areyano had a technical fall against Buena Vista and a major decision against Dubuque. Tool pinned his opponent against the Spartans and registered a decision against the Beavers.

“They both really battled,” Van Kley said. “They’ve done a good job of coming out of Christmas break and learning how to make some improvements.”

Other bonus-point winners for Central included falls by Gage Linahon (junior, 197 pounds, Newton) and Cory Hoyle (freshman, 133 pounds, Morton, Ill.) against Buena Vista and a major decision for Austin Roos (sophomore, 174 pounds, Atkins, Benton HS) against Dubuque.

Not including forfeits for or against the Dutch, Central won six times with bonus points but lost 10 times.

“We gave up too many bonus points today,” Van Kley said. “When you do that, it makes it tough to come out on top.“

Central will send a contingent of reserve wrestlers to the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open at Loras College next Saturday.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to get some quality mat time and for the coaches to put a little extra focus on them,” Van Kley said.

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