CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Coe College wrestling team won seven of the ten weight classes en route to a 33-10 victory over 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 over freshman Jan Rosenberg (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls) at 125 pounds. Third-ranked senior Jimmy Gotto (Epworth, Iowa/Western Dubuque) cut Central's lead to 4-3 with an 8-6 victory over 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 (Jesup, Iowa/Jesup) won by technical fall over 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.
In the 149 pound match, sophomore Josh Donkle (Greeley Colo./Windsor) fell to Central's Tyler Peretti 9-7. Trailing 8-4 heading into the third period, Donkle recorded an escape and a takedown to cut the lead to one but his last-ditch effort at a takedown came up short.
At 157 pounds, fifth-ranked senior Dimitri Boyer (Eddyville, Iowa/Eddyville-Blakesburg) cruised to a 14-4 major decision win over Ryan Vandall. After only leading 4-1 heading into the final period, Boyer recorded an early escape and four takedowns en route to outscoring Vandall 9-3 in the period. Boyer also earned a point for riding time.
The Kohawks recorded another technical fall at 165 pounds, this one from sophomore Farai Sewera (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park). Sewera held a 7-2 lead after recording two takedowns and a three-point nearfall in the first period. Two more takedowns and two additional three-point nearfalls gave Sewera a 17-4 lead at the end of the second period. After being taken down early in the third, Sewera recorded an escape and another takedown before the period was over. After being awarded a point for riding time, Sewera defeated Dillon Anderson 21-6.
At 174, eighth-ranked senior Ethan Ball (Aledo, Ill./Mercer County) made quick work of Central's Sam Apland, winning by fall in 2:54. Junior Ryan Sheldon (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) followed suit at 184 pounds, pinning Benny Melisi in 2:43. After the back-to-back pins, the Kohawks held a 29-7 lead in the team race.
Junior Donnie Horner (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) and Tyler Lowy partook in a marathon match at 197 pounds. After Horner earned an escape in the second period, Lowy was able to escape Horner's grasp in the third, leading to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. After a scoreless first minute of extra time, Lowy was able to earn escape to take a 2-1 lead. Horner then chose to start on the bottom and successfully escaped Lowy's hold to tie the match at two. The next session of extra time produced no change in the score and Horner was set to start the next portion of extra time on bottom. Horner was unable to escape Lowy's grasp in the allotted thirty seconds. Lowy then chose to start on the bottom and he successfully escaped from Horner to earn a 3-2 win.
Senior Cory Becker (Waterloo, Iowa/Don-Bosco) closed out the dual for the Kohawks with a 10-1 major decision victory over Jaime Miranda. After taking a 2-1 lead in the first period, Becker recorded a pair of two-point nearfalls in the second period to grab a 6-1 lead. In the final period, Becker earned an escape and a takedown before the period was over. He was then awarded a point from riding time, leading to the 10-1 win.
As a team, Coe recorded 22 takedowns to Central's eight. The Kohawks also had 11 nearfalls to two for the Dutch.
With the win, the eighth-ranked Kohawks improve to 2-0 overall in duals and 1-0 against Iowa Conference opponents. Coe will be back in action on Saturday, November 23 when they host the Coe Invitational. Action is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. in Eby Fieldhouse.
125 Daniel Page, CEIA, maj. dec. Jan Rosenburg, COE, 14-1 133 Jimmy Gotto, COE, dec. Aaron Anderson, CEIA, 8-6 141 Beau Westpfahl, COE, tech. fall Bryan Connolly, CEIA, 4:35 16-1 149 Tyler Peretti, CEIA, dec. Josh Donkle, COE, 9-7 157 Dimitri Boyer, COE, maj. dec. Ryan Vandall, CEIA, 14-4 165 Farai Sewera, COE, tech. fall Dillon Anderson, CEIA, 7:00 21-6 174 Ethan Ball, COE, pinned Sam Apland, CEIA, 2:54 184 Ryan Sheldon, COE, pinned Benjamin Melisi, CEIA, 2:43 197 Tyler Lowy (CEIA) tb-2 Donnie Horner (COE) 3-2 285 Cory Becker, COE, maj. dec. Jaime Miranda, CEIA, 10-1