PELLA — There are three things that are always pretty sure in life, death, taxes and a strong Norwalk Warrior wrestling team. The proof of Norwalk’s wrestling strength was on display Thursday night on the Pella mat as the Warriors dominated the Dutch 58-18. Norwalk would use six falls and two forfeits in their march to the win.
The action began at the 145 pound weight class and Norwalk’s Landon Card got things started at by pinning Pella’s Jackson Van Kley. Then Pella’s Nathan Born evened the score by showing Norwalk’s Logan Overholser the lights at the 5:32 mark of the match. The Warriors would win the next seven bouts to put the win on ice.
Damion Clark would momentarily stop the bleeding for Pella by flattening Norwalk’s Jake McKenzie in 3:38 of the 113 pound match. Pella would not win again until the 132 pound match when freshman, TR Putz drilled Nathaniel Adams to the mat in 1:32.
Two of Pella’s veteran wrestlers met the misfortune of matching up with a pair of Norwalk’s best. Returning state qualifier, Kody Huisman locked horns with Maddox Borcherding-Johnson at 285 pounds and the “Beast of the West” caught Huisman in a pining combination to end the match at the 2:58 mark.
At 126 pounds, Pella’s Ryan Hancock took a 4-3 lead over Donavon Card after two periods, but in the third period he got reversed to his back and could not get out of it. The referee slapped the mat at 5:35 to end the match.
Despite the one sided loss, Little Dutch coach Jay Pike was enthusiastic about the future of the program.
“Our team has grown so much,” Pike said after the match. “This was great competition and we relish that. We take all we can from these matches and learn from them. Our numbers are the best the program has had in years. We have 17 freshmen out and six of them are getting varsity experience. They are competitive and they want to learn. They will get nothing but better. I am so pleased with the competitive effort, but tonight’s match shows us that we have plenty to work on.”
145: Landon Card (N) pinned Jackson Van Kley (P) 3:02
152: Nathan Born (P) pinned Logan Overholser (N) 5:32
160: Cade Schmidt (N) beat Ryan Van Donselaar (P) 5 – 1
170: Tristen Duncan (N) beat Ethan Milligan (P) 8 – 3
182: Nick Marker (N) pinned Noah Parsons (P) 5:48
195: Jason Kritzler (N) pinned Christian Lubben (P) 1:36
220: Hunter Blomgren (N) won by forfeit
285: Maddox Borcherding-Johnson (N) pinned Kody Huisman 2:58
106: Toby Bright (N) won by forfeit
113: Damion Clark (P) pinned Jake McKinzie (N) 3:38
120: Trent Harper (N) beat Logan Schroeder (P) 16 – 4
126: Donovan Card (N) pinned Ryan Hancock (P) 5:35
132: TR Putz (P) pinned Nathaniel Adams (N) 1:32
138: Austin Brenizer (N) pinned Peyton Ritzert (P) 5:15