Four Western Dubuque wrestlers won all four of their individual matches at the Linn-Mar Duals in Marion, Jan. 8, to lead the Bobcats to a 3-1 finish at the tournament. The only team they lost to was host Linn-Mar who also beat Western Dubuque, 55-24, in Marion Jan. 6.

“It was an interesting week having to face Linn-Mar twice and losing to them twice, but we’ll learn from that and get better,” said coach Paul Cleary. “We still have a long way to go with these young men and not one of them has backed down from a challenge yet. They have really been getting after it since returning from the holiday break, working hard to make them and their teammates better.”

The Bobcats’ first action on the mat was at Marion Jan. 6 against Linn-Mar in a battle with another Mississippi Valley Conference foe.

Linn-Mar won the first seven matches of the dual until Nevin Pins (160) pinned Landen Bushman at 3:34 of their match. Logan Massey (170) followed by pinning Jack White in 2:39 and it started to feel like a Bobcat comeback until Greyson Gardner was pinned by Tate Naaktgeboren at 3:33 of their battle. Naaktgeboren is the topped-ranked wrestler at 170 pounds and has committed to continue his wrestling career at Iowa State University next year.

Evan Surface (195) and Dakota Hoffman responded with pins of their own, Hoffman’s the Bobcats’ fastest pin of the evening coming in at 94 seconds into their match. Unfortunately, Linn-Mar closed out the dual by winning the next two matches to close out the night.

The Bobcats returned to Marion two days for the Linn-Mar duals where they finished 3-1, losing only to Linn-Mar, 51-24. The first three battles went the Bobcats’ way as they beat Marion 57-16 followed by a 60-22 beating of Cedar Rapids Xavier and then they walked over Clinton 76-6.

Trayton Kurimiski (152), Pins (160), Gardner (182/195) and Hoffman (220) all won their four matches during the duals. Kurimiski had three pins with his fastest one being 51 seconds. Pins had three pins and so did Hoffman and his quickest pin was in 34 seconds. Gardner won three matches by pin and another by technical fall. However, his fastest pin was 19 seconds which he did twice in the duals to claim the Bobcats’ fastest pins of the week.

Surface (195) went 3-0 with all of his wins via pins. His fastest pin was in 36 seconds.

Johnny Francois (138) earned his way into the starting line and went 3-1 with all of his wins coming by pin. Drew Burds (145), Massey (170) and Brody Steger (285) all finished 3-1. Burds had two pins and one technical fall while Massey had one pin and one technical fall. Steger won just one of his bouts by pin, just 42 seconds.

Going 2-2 were Caden Mulnix (120) who had one pin and Maddox Bries (126), also one pin.

Brian Kammiller (106/113) went 2-1 with one pin and Dominic Frost (132) was 1-3 with a pin.