Coe grapplers cruise to win against Central to open conference play
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Coe won seven of the ten weight classes en route to a 33-10 victory against Central on Thursday evening. The dual was the Iowa Conference opener for both squads.
The Dutch took an early 4-0 lead in the team score thanks to fifth-ranked Daniel Page's 14-1 major decision victory against freshman Jan Rosenberg at 125 pounds. Third-ranked senior Jimmy Gotto cut Central's lead to 4-3 with an 8-6 victory against Aaron Anderson at 133 pounds. Gotto scored a takedown in the first period of the match and never relinquished the lead.
The Kohawks took their first lead in the team race after senior Beau Westpfahl won by technical fall against Bryan Connolly at 141 pounds. In the first period, Westpfahl recorded an early takedown and four two-point nearfalls to take a 10-0 lead into the second period. In the second Westpfahl recorded two more two-point nearfalls and to increase his lead to 14-0. Connolly escaped the grasp of Westpfahl but was quickly taken down again, ending the match at 16-1. The Kohawks took an 8-4 lead in the team scoring and never looked back.
No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater 43, Wisconsin-Platteville 3
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- The Warhawks recorded three pins, a technical fall and two major decisions in a 43-3 win against Wisconsin-Platteville to open the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Season.
Starting at 125 pounds, Zac Denny put UW-W on the board after grinding out a close 6-5 win against Platteville's Cole Ferguson. Denny led 4-2 after the first period, and then added a point from an escape in the second to head into the final period with a 5-2 lead. Ferguson countered in the third with an escape and then tied the match 5-5 with a takedown with one minute remaining. Denny immediately recorded the escape and held on for the win.
Whitewater extended the lead to 9-0 with a win by forfeit at 133 pounds.
The Pioneers got on the board at 141 pounds with Chase Wiggins' 8-6 win against Maxx Hubbard but it was all Whitewater from that point on.