Jake Hosch’s 100th win of his high school wrestling career helped the Western Dubuque wrestling team beat Hempstead, 39-33, but it was Tanner Gaul’s pin that locked up the Bobcats’ claiming the County Clash title at Epworth, Jan. 4.
“Jake Hosch is another one of those rare athletes that you are lucky to coach. He is an absolute workhorse in the practice room, weight room and also in all fields of competition (football, wrestling and track). He is very coachable and has certainly taken on a leadership role on the team this year,” coach Paul Cleary said.
The meet started with the 126-pound weight class and Corbin Collins gave the home team an early lead with his pin of Chivonne Rhodes just 2:43 into their match.
The Bobcats earned their next lead on Jared Cordes’ (138) 32-second pin, the fastest fall of the event.
Evan Surface (160) pinned his opponent 41 seconds into the second period to give the Bobcats an 18-15 advantage.
The lead grew to 28-15 when Carter Kluesner (170) won via pin and then Hosch notched his 100th win when he outpointed Aiden Dunne, 11-1, to record a major decision.
Hempstead reeled off wins at 195, 220 and 285 to draw within one point, but the Bobcats still held a slim 28-27 lead.
Jagger McCool (106) went to work and earned a 16-0 win for a technical fall and five points. That gave way for Gaul (113) who collected six points for his pin of Cody Jellison and ensured that the Bobcats would win the sixth annual County Clash.
“The County Clash was another great event that featured a full gym and many supporters for both teams. I think that this type of environment is the epitome of high school athletics, as everyone wrestled their hearts out, and fortunately for us, we won for the second year in a row,” Cleary said.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 10-5 in duals events.