CEDAR RAPIDS — Andrew Holladay has one final shot.
The Coe 197-pound senior and former Linn-Mar prep has attempted to make the most of this last season. Days include early workouts, routine lifting sessions and focus on being an all-around better wrestler.
So far, Holladay’s dedication has paid dividends. He improved to 19-5 this season, helping seventh-ranked Coe annihilate Augustana (Ill.), 43-6, Friday night at Kohawk Arena.
Holladay produced one of Coe’s eight bonus-point victories, building an 8-0 lead and decking Trystyn Schoonover in 2:26.
“I’ve just been trying to focus in the room, getting a lot done,” Holladay said. “I’ve been working as many positions as I need to work on, so far. … I have the motivation to just try to get as much out of it as I can.”
Holladay is well on his way to his best campaign, entering the season with a 55-34 career mark. Coe Coach John Oostendorp said Holladay has turned things around this season, giving the effort to make a big jump from his 24-14 junior year.
“He’s up every morning working out,” Oostendorp said. “He’s working all the time in the weight room. He’s really focused right now. It’s his senior year and he wanted to have a good one. He’s doing the things he needs to do it.”
Holladay said he feels a sense of urgency to finish strong. He is looking to qualify for his first NCAA tournament. Holladay said he has the potential for further progress and he will continue to toil in the Kohawks’ practice room.
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“I still feel like I have a lot I can work on,” Holladay said. “I feel like I’ve been able to work a lot harder on top. I’ve been trying to get my shots off on my feet.”
Coe (8-4) was supposed to host the Vikings (1-9) Thursday, but weather postponed it. The Kohawks also received pins from Nate Olsen (165) and 184-pounder Josh Edel. Cole Erickson (157) earned a technical fall and Levi Azinger (149) and Jake Voss (174) added major decisions.
“I don’t think we were super sharp at a couple weights,” Oostendorp said. “Overall, I think we went out and attacked in most positions. That’s what I’m looking for to build on that identity and culture.”
AT CEDAR RAPIDS
Coe 43, Augustana (Ill.) 6*
(Individual takedowns in parentheses)
125 pounds — Marcus England (C) won by forfeit; 133 — Brady Wilsie (C) won by forfeit; 141 — Dale Charlier (A) dec. Braady Ruden, 7-4 (0,1); 149 — Levi Azinger (C) major dec. Freddy Terranova, 13-2 (3,0); 157 — Cole Erickson (C) tech. fall Neil O’Shaughnessy, 16-1 (3,0); 165 — Nate Olsen (C) pinned Frankie Faasen, 1:10 (1,0); 174 — Jake Voss (C) major dec. Josh Bush, 19-8 (2,2); 184 — Josh Edel (C) pinned Clem Martin, 1:04 (1,0); 197 — Andrew Holladay (C) pinned Trystyn Schoonover, 2:26 (1,0); Hwt. — Adarios Jones (A) tech. fall Frantony Lewis, 22-7 (10,0).
* — Augustana was deducted team points during the 149-pound match and after 174.
Takedowns — Coe 12, Augustana 12. Reversals — Coe 1, Augustana 3. Escapes — Coe 13, Augustana 1. Nearfall points — Coe 30, Augustana 6. Penalty points (awarded) — Coe 3, Augustana 3. Riding time points — Coe 3, Augustana 0. Total match points — Coe 75, Augustana 40.
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