CEDAR RAPIDS — Jacob Krakow clocked in and went to work.
The Wartburg freshman trains in a practice room stocked with eight nationally-ranked wrestlers, including three top-ranked teammates and a trio of No. 2-ranked Knights. So, a ranked opponent was just another day at the office to him.
Krakow scored three takedowns and earned a 6-4 upset over Coe’s fifth-ranked Jake Voss, helping the second-ranked Knights beat the No. 7 Kohawks, 38-3, Friday night at Kohawk Arena. The Knights (16-2, 7-0) earned their 204th consecutive dual victory over an Iowa Conference team.
Krakow weighs in at 165 pounds, but bumped up to fill in for top-ranked 174-pounder Eric DeVos. He was not intimidated by the challenge.
“We talked before the match even happened,” Krakow said. “Look who I wrestle with every day. They’re better than that, so I train with people at as high of a level as him every day.”
Wartburg Coach Eric Keller said he wanted to reward Krakow for his effort, seeking out the best guys to work with daily.
“He’s been walking the walk every single day in the room and paying the price,” Keller said. “It’s one of those deals that if you get an opportunity to give a guy that opportunity to do that and show what he’s been doing.”
Coaches recognized his ability and potential. Keller said he likes seeing hard work pay dividends and transfer to competition.
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“He has a real bright future,” Keller said of Krakow. “He’s a hardworking kid.”
Krakow found out earlier in the week he would be wrestling. He wanted to take advantage of the chance, but more importantly he is determined to help the team whenever needed.
“I was always ready,” Krakow said. “I’m going to step in when they need me. I’ll be there at any weight or any time I need to be.”
Krakow scored all of his points in the first period. He initiated the offense, building a 6-3 lead after the first. He only allowed escapes.
“I came out firing,” Krakow said. “I kind of got a little tired afterward, but I stuck to the game plan. I knew he was heavy so I attacked low. I just got after that right out of the gate.”
For the second time this season, Wartburg won nine of 10 matches against the Kohawks. In a battle of ranked wrestlers, Wartburg’s top-ranked Logan Thomsen beat No. 5 Cole Erickson, 7-4, at 157. Thomsen used two escapes and a takedown in the third for the win.
Former Center Point-Urbana prep and eighth-ranked Brock Rathbun had a first-period pin at 133, while former Independence prep and second-ranked Kyle Fank added a decision at 197 for the Knights, who received bookend pins from Brennen Doebel (125) and Bowen Wileman, filling in for second-ranked heavyweight Lance Evans.
“Every single guy has got to get better,” Keller said. “The clock is ticking and we have to make the most of each day, because there is a lot of room for each and every one of these guys to grow and get better. Fine tune the things they do and make some changes.”
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Just like the previous dual, Brady Ruden recorded the lone Coe victory against Wartburg. Ruden notched two takedowns and three penalty points in a 9-2 decision over Brenden Baker.
Wartburg 38, Coe 3
(Individual takedowns in parentheses)
125 — Brennen Doebel (W) pinned Brock Henderson, 4:42 (2,1); 133 — Brock Rathbun (W) pinned Amier Khamis, 1:39 (1,0); 141 — Brady Ruden (C) dec. Brenden Baker, 9-2 (2,1); 149 — Cross Cannone (W) dec. Josh Gerke, 10-3 (4,0); 157 — Logan Thomsen (W) dec. Cole Erickson, 7-4 (2,1); 165 — Mike Ross (W) major dec. Nate Olsen, 12-2 (2,0); 174 — Jacob Krakow (W) dec. Jake Voss, 7-4 (3,0); 184 — Tyler Lutes (W) major dec. Taylor Mehmen, 16-5 (7,0); 197 — Kyle Fank (W) dec. Andrew Holladay, 6-3 (2,0); Hwt. — Bowen Wileman (W) pinned Brennan Koerperich, 4:03 (2,0).
Takedowns — Wartburg 26, Coe 4. Reversals — Wartburg 1, Coe 2. Escapes — Wartburg 9, Coe 20. Nearfall points — Wartburg 6, Coe 0. Penalty points (awarded) — Wartburg 0, Coe 3. Riding time points — Wartburg 4, Coe 1. Total match points — Wartburg 73, Coe 36.
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