SIOUX CITY | Dominating the action, Sergeant Bluff-Luton opened up Missouri River Activities Conference dual action with a pair of convincing wins at North on Thursday. The Warriors opened up the night with a 64-9 win over North and followed that up by beating West 81-0 as the two-time defending MRAC dual champions showed they are not going to give that title up easily.
“They look at our board every day and see what that says as far as the conference and we always look at things a couple of ways,” SB-L Coach Clint Koedam said. “We gauge it on state-level performance, but then it is nice to have that second measuring stick of your conference titles. Tonight was kind of fun because this one had a little more meaning than the other four duals we have had this year.”
The Warriors used bonus-point victories in five of the first seven matches against the Stars to establish a lead it would not relinquish. Danny Dillavou pinned Orlando Mojica in 3:05 at 182 pounds, and Tristan Navrkal followed that up with a pin over Izaiah Mercado in 4:50 at 195.
Casey Holsinger's pin of Jose Sarceno put the Warriors up 21-3 with North's lone win coming from Clement Oyadare as he handled Alex Freiberg at 170. Oyadare grabbed an early 2-0 lead and led 4-0 after two periods before he added one more takedown to win 6-1.
The pins continued for the Warriors with Nick Wieseler getting a pin in 41 seconds at heavyweight and Jherek Dillavou needed just 34 seconds to dispatch Jayce Szalay at 106.
Nate Curry found himself down 6-5 to North's Nick Walters at 113 before using three back points from a cradle to take a 9-5 lead into the third period and record the 13-5 major decision. Jack Gaukel pinned Austin Hill in 1:23 at 120 and Isaac Bryan added another at 126 giving SB-L eight straight victories all by bonus points.
“The thing we always tell our guys, and tonight was a little different because it was our first opportunity to climb the conference latter, it doesn’t matter who it is, what the singlet is, ranked or not ranked, we have to go out and wrestle as if it is a state championship every single time,” Koedam said. “I think this group of kids has bought into that mentality.”
SB-L's Ethan Kempema keep the win streak going but he had to hold off a furious rally by North's Ethan Sorenson 10-8 at 132 and fourth-ranked Easton Graff added another Warrior pin at 138. Blake Liebe earned a pin at 145 for the Warriors and E.J. McElmeel broke SB-L's string of wins with a pin over Drew Mahison to close out the dual.
The Warriors downed West 81-0 in their other dual.
“The thing that is great about this group of kids is they are all solid, hardworking, good attitude kind of kids that live and breathe and die together. That is what you need for a good dual team I think.”
The Stars recorded eight pins in downing West 62-17 in the final dual of the night.
“Experience-wise we are on the younger side of the spectrum and against Sergeant Bluff they got momentum going against us,” North Coach John Torno said. “We didn’t wrestle up to or ability and we let them dictate the matches and the control. It cost us big.
“We have to learn from those mistakes, but better to learn early in the season than later on.”
North began its dual with the Wolverines with five straight pins and a forfeit before West recorded its first victory of the night. West's Thomas Ouellette used a headlock to throw Szalay to his back for the pin in 51 seconds. Aydin Dicks made it a second pin two matches later to make it 30-12 North, and Austin Dicks recorded a second-period pin at 138.
The Stars got pins from Mojica, Mercado, Sarceno, Isaac Jolin, Sorenson and Will Zeman.