WATERLOO — Lisbon wrestlers know to bring their lunch pails to work.
The Lions are not strangers to hard work, but this weekend they needed their shovels as well.
Unable to fill the lightest weight class and an open weight due to injury, Lisbon had to dig itself out of a 12-point deficit in its final two duals Friday in the Battle of Waterloo dual tournament at Young Arena. The Lions beat West Delaware, 42-36, capturing a bracket title and advancing to the championship pool Saturday.
“I tell them you’re down by 12 when you step on the mat,” Lisbon Coach Brad Smith said. “Our good kids need to get us bonus points and that’s what they did.”
The Lions (14-0) found themselves in a back-and-forth firefight that lasted about 40 minutes. Both teams traded bonus-point victories, leading to a 30-30 tie after 10 weights and a 36-36 score with one match left.
“We knew we were in a tussle with West Delaware,” Smith said. “They’re a much improved team.
“It went back and forth.”
Smith weighed the options and bumped Lisbon’s Class 1A fourth-ranked 152-pounder Kaden Kilburg up to 160 when the Hawks’ 2A No. 3 Mitch Mangold had to report first. Mangold’s pin tied the dual, but Kilburg answered with his own fall, making Smith’s strategy pay dividends.
Kilburg said he doesn’t mind the pressure of the dual resting on his shoulder.
“It definitely makes you get prepared for your matches better,” Kilburg said. “I think you wrestle to the best of your ability when it happens.”
The Lions are unfazed by the disadvantage. They know what they have to do and take the mat expecting to get it done.
ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT
“We know we have to earn as many bonus points as possible,” Kilburg said. “Our coaches always tell us that scoring bonus points is how you win matches.”
Lisbon’s Bryce Werderman (170) and Jake Jennett (182) opened the dual with consecutive pins and Logan O’Connor executed a big throw at 220, getting a 12-second pin for an 18-6 lead after four matches.
A pin and the two straight forfeits put West Delaware up, 24-18. Lisbon received pins from Cael Happel at 120 and 126-pounder Cobe Siebrecht. The Lions’ Ryne Mohrfeld (138) and Cooper Siebrecht recorded back-to-back decisions to set the stage for the final two weights.
“We have some really fine seniors and good leadership,” Smith said. “Those are the guys who are really stepping up for us and taking the charge to get the points when we need them. Our kids will go out and do what we ask them to do.”
Lisbon beat Cedar Falls 53-30 in the semifinals and opened with a 64-16 win against Waterloo West.
The Lions advance to the championship pool that also includes 1A power Don Bosco. Denver, which dropped down to 1A, could join them in the four-team round-robin Saturday. Those are three of the top ranked 1A programs.
“We’ll see how we fare with them and they want to see how they fare with us,” Smith said. “It would be awesome if we were in the same bracket. That’s what I would like to see.”
In addition to Mangold, Harrison Goebel (195), heavyweight Carson Petlon and Ryan Phillips had pins for West Delaware (6-1).
ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT
Thank you for signing up for our e-newsletter!
You should start receiving the e-newsletters within a couple days.
“We thought it could be a 7-7 split with the coin flip being a factor,” West Delaware Coach Jeff Voss said. “We didn’t get the matchups we needed to get.”
The Hawks started the season with a dual victory over 3A power Waverly-Shell Rock and handled Solon in a Wamac Conference dual Thursday night.
“I’m happy with the way we wrestled all week,” Voss said. “I think we’ve gotten better evert time we’ve stepped on the mat.”
BATTLE OF WATERLOO DUALS
At Young Arena
BRACKET A (VIRGIL CARR BRACKET)
1. Don Bosco, 2. New Hampton, 3. Waverly-Shell Rock, 4. C.R. Prairie, 5. Independence, 6. Charles City, 7. Union Community, 8. Waterloo Columbus.
#1 New Hampton 78, #8 Waterloo Columbus 6
#4 C.R. Prairie 59, #5 Charles City 24
#3 Don Bosco 68, #6 Independence 12
#2 Waverly-Shell Rock 46, #7 Union Community 30
New Hampton 46, C.R Prairie 25
Don Bosco 46, Waverly-Shell Rock 12
Independence 43, Union Community 27
Charles City 66, Waterloo Columbus 6
Championship — Don Bosco 39, New Hampton 27
Third place — Waverly-Shell Rock 39, C.R. Prairie 30
Fifth place — Independence 48, Charles City 23
Seventh place — Union Community 72, Waterloo Columbus 3
BRACKET B (TONY CORDES BRACKET)
1. Lisbon, 2. West Delaware, 3. Crestwood, 4. Cedar Falls, 5. Iowa City West, 6. Mason City, 7. Nashua-Plainfield, 8. Waterloo West.
#1 Lisbon 64, #8 Waterloo West 16
#5 Cedar Falls 42, #4 Iowa City West 35
#3 Crestwood 60, #6 Nashua-Plainfield 21
#2 West Delaware 51, #7 Mason City 24
Lisbon 53, Cedar Falls 30
West Delaware 43, Crestwood 30
Iowa City West 42, Waterloo West 30
Mason City 51, Nashua-Plainfield 29
Championship — Lisbon 42, West Delaware 36
Third place — Crestwood 44, Cedar Falls 18
Fifth place — Iowa City West 41, Mason City 31
Seventh place — Nashua-Plainfield 44, Waterloo West 33
l Comments: (319) 368-8679; email@example.com