CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Cade Parker had a breakout football season this fall.
The sophomore linebacker ranked among the state’s top tacklers, finishing third in Class 4A with 104 total stops.
The prep wrestling season began with expectations for a similar breakthrough performance. Parker posted a pin in 35 seconds Thursday night, capping Kennedy’s 59-18 victory over host Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
“I’m going to go out with the same confidence I did in football,” Parker said. “I’m going to go out and give 100 percent. I’m just more confident and want to make my way to state.”
Parker showed his tackling form, overpowering and driving through Preston Bruck before earning one of Kennedy’s six falls.
“He has high expectations,” Kennedy Coach Dennis Hynek said. “We have talked to him about this being just like football. Go out and dominate.”
Many talk about how wrestling can enhance football skills. Parker said football helped him to have more physical control for the upcoming season.
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“Football helped me on my feet,” Parker said. “I feel like I’ve grown into my body more. I feel like I can take anyone down.”
Last season, Parker wrestled behind two-time state medalist and Junior Nationals freestyle and Greco-Roman All-American Garret Kubovec. As a freshman, he managed a .500-record in limited varsity matches. Hynek said he has made strides in his wrestling.
“Wrestling isn’t new to him,” Hynek said. “He’s had success. Just keep doing what you’re doing.”
Hynek said Parker struggled at times a year ago. The transition from being the top guy in football, wrestling and track in the past to a reserve role was hard. Parker learned from Kubovec and last year’s leaders.
“I got to see them work every day and I got to work with them,” Parker said. “I am trying to put in the same amount of work as they did.”
The Cougars dominated the meet, winning 11 weights including 10 with bonus points. Heavyweight Josh Vis, Ty Pfiffner (120), Dylan Ironside (145) and 182-pounder Cael Knox all had pins for Kennedy. The Cougars’ Cam Jones (220) and 126-pounder Cam Shaver recorded technical falls, Ben Sarasin added a major decision and Ben Hoeger collected a forfeit at 113.
“We were eager to compete,” Hynek said. “We’ve had more kids than ever stay after practice to do extra. … I was happy with their aggressiveness.”
Antonio Pagel (138), Tyreese Smith (152) and 160-pounder Noah Fernandez had pins for Jefferson.
AT C.R. JEFFERSON
C.R. Kennedy 59, C.R. Jefferson 18
(Individual takedowns in parentheses)
220 pounds — Cam Jones (CRK) tech fall Taylor Viktora, 16-1 (3,0); Hwt. — Josh Vis (CRK) pinned P.J. Smith, 1:22 (3,0); 106 — Jake McLeod (CRK) dec. Dakota Tatro, 8-4 (3,1); 113 — Ben Hoeger (CRK) won by forfeit; 120 — Ty Pfiffner (CRK) pinned Colton Woods, 5:37 (1,0); 126 — Cam Shaver (CRK) tech fall Nathan Lauterwasser, 17-2 (3,0); 132 — Dylan Falck (CRK) pinned Enyeto Ahedo-Jiroutek, 1:25 (1,0); 138 — Antonio Pagel (CRJ) pinned Austin McLeod, 4:29 (0,1); 145 — Dylan Ironside (CRK) pinned Quinton Murray, :13 (1,0); 152 — Tyreese Smith (CRJ) pinned Jay Oostendorp, 2:20 (1,2); 160 pounds — Noah Fernandez (CRJ) pinned Spencer Bevins, 2:23 (1,1); 170 — Ben Sarasin (CRK) major dec. Jacob Sherzer, 10-0 (3,0); 182 — Cael Knox (CRK) pinned Anthony Lorimer, 4:31 (4,0); 195 — Cade Parker (CRK) pinned Preston Bruck, :35 (1,0).
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Takedowns — Kennedy 27, Jefferson 3. Reversals — Kennedy 5, Jefferson 8. Escapes — Kennedy 8, Jefferson 8. Nearfall points — Kennedy 44, Jefferson 4. Penalty points (awarded) — Kennedy 1, Jefferson 1. Total match points — Kennedy 117, Jefferson 35.
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