The Western Dubuque wrestling team had a busy week as the Bobcats took first place at the Cascade Invitational, Jan. 20, cruised to a 66-11 win over Waterloo East in their Mississippi Valley Conference dual meet held in Waterloo, Jan. 23 and took eighth place at the Bob Lueders Invitational in Clinton, Jan. 25.
Jared Cordes (138), Carter Kluesner (170), Brody Steger (220) and Jonathan Savolt (285) all earned the title of champion at the Cascade Invitational as they helped the Bobcats rack up 227 points to claim the team title. LaPorte City Union was second with 190 points and Beckman was third with 144.5 points.
Trayton Kurimski (145), Jake Hosch (182) and Sawyer Nauman (195) were runner-ups in their weight classes while four Bobcats, Jagger McCool (106), Tanner Gaul (113), Joseph Simon (132) and Levi Burds (152), finished in third place.
Tony Lyon (160) was fifth and Corbin Collins-Patzner (126) sixth.
In the Bobcats’ Mississippi Valley Conference dual win over Waterloo East, Gaul, Cordes, Lyon and Kluesner all wrestled to victories on the mat. Cordes and Kluesner were the only ones to win with pins. Cordes had the fastest pin of the night getting his at 1:42.
Hosch, Mitchell Ashline (195), Joe Loffa (220), Savolt, McCool, Collins-Patzner, Maxwell Clasen (132) and Burds all recorded wins via forfeit.
Twenty-two teams battled at the Bob Lueders Invitational at Clinton Jan. 25 and the Bobcats wrestled well enough to finish eighth.
Lisbon was the champion with 252 points followed by second-place Norwalk (168), Lena-Winslow (166) in third and Davenport Assumption (150) was fourth. Linn-Mar and Cedar Rapids Prairie (138) tied for fifth place with Camanche (88.5) in seventh and the Bobcats (84) in eighth.
Kluesner (170) was the top finisher for the Bobcats taking fourth place. Cordes (138) pinned Dubuque Senior’s Carter Elliott to take fifth place and Savolt (285) also earned a fifth-place finish with a pin in 1:16 over Gennings Dunker of Lena-Winslow. Loffa (220) was sixth.
“We didn’t have our best day, but you have to strap your shoes on a little bit tighter when that happens. We need to fix some things that we saw and try to get better,” said Paul Cleary, head coach of the Bobcats, about his team’s performance at the Lueders Invitational. “Our focus right now is that we have to get healthy. We have to make some other minor adjustments. We’re not going to change a whole lot. We’re going to continue with the process and do what’s gotten them to this point.”