The Western Dubuque wrestling team took care of Iowa City, City High, 54-23, in a Mississippi Valley Conference dual meet in Epworth, Dec. 16 and then won the seventh-place bracket at the Battle of Waterloo, Dec. 17 and 18.

The action for the week didn’t get started until Dakota Hoffman pinned Cameron Lacina in 2:20 to take the first match wrestled against the Little Hawks. That win gave Western Dubuque an 18-0 lead after Greyson Gardner (182) and Evan Surface (195) earned by forfeits.

The lead extended to 24-0 after Brody Steger (285) was given a forfeit. Cooper Habel (113) also won by forfeit, but CJ Kammiller made his debut on the varsity pinning Corahn Bentley-Spivey in 2:53.

Trayton Kurimiski (152) pinned Kale Clark in 1:30 to win the final bout of the night as Nevin Pins (160) and Logan Massey (170) were awarded forfeits.

Western Dubuque then headed to the Battle of Waterloo, Dec. 17 where they tied their first two matches with Alburnett and Waterloo East, only to lose them both, 40-39, via tie-breaker. The Bobcats then took care of New Hampton/Turkey Valley, 43-33, and were slotted into the seventh-place bracket.

On day two, the Bobcats went 3-0 to win the seventh-place bracket. They beat City High for the second time last week, this time 52-29. The Bobcats then buried Denver, 63-15, and finished their day taking care of Sioux City Heelan, 57-24.

“This was a big week for us as I think the team really came together this week,” said coach Paul Cleary. “We’ve been pushing them pretty hard since the start of the season and with us hosting our tournament last week, we really needed this time away. As a coach, I can feel that they really came together as a family. We are now ready for the grind.”

Greyson Gardner (182) continues his dominance as just he and two other Bobcats went 6-0 for the tournament but Gardner was the only one to win all six by pin. His fastest pin came in only nine seconds and he spent just 65 seconds on the mat on day two.

Dakota Hoffman (220) and Brody Steger were the other two Bobcats to go 6-0. Both of them also earned four pins in the tournament.

Evan Surface (195) went 4-0 with two pins.

Drew Burds (145), Trayton Kurimiski, Nevin Pins and Logan Massey all were 5-1 in Waterloo. Pins won four of his matches by pin and the other three won three.

Maddox Bries (126) went 3-2 all of his wins by pin.

Brayden Wickham (106/113) went 3-3 as did Jagger McCool (138) who won two matches by pin. CJ Kammiller (132) was 2-4 with one pin.

Cooper Habel (113), Ethan Klostermann (195) and Caden Mulnix (120) went winless.

“You can really see the senior leadership flowing through all our seniors. Gardner and Evan have been on the team before, but Dakota and Brody are in their first year as varsity starters and it feels like they have been a part of this family for quite a while,” said Cleary. “The way they compete and push other teammates to do their best and be their best. They did the work while waiting for their turn and they are making the most of this experience.”